The great outdoors

Escape the hordes and grab food, drink and sun at these underappreciated alfresco spots.



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Photographs: Jeff Gurwin, Talia Simhi, Gary Jonas

Though the brownstone digs at bobo are stunning, as is chef Jared Stafford-Hill’s Greenmarket menu, the trellis-embellished garden is even more awe-worthy: Sip a Bobo’s Mead (gin, lime and lavender-infused honey) while watching a lemon tree wave in the wind. Reservations are recommended, so call ahead.

The Farm on Adderley

Photographs: Jeff Gurwin, Talia Simhi, Gary Jonas

You’ll find a wooden patio and a backyard filled with enough foliage to fool you into thinking you’re in the countryside at The Farm on Adderley. Acquire a table beneath the stringed lights, then tuck into chef Tom Kearney’s pork chops with sweet-potato gnocchi and poached-egg-topped grilled asparagus.


Photographs: Jeff Gurwin, Talia Simhi, Gary Jonas

Book it to newcomer Elizabeth before word leaks about ex-Country chef Doug Psaltis’s small-plate sensations (lamb chops with tomato jam, watercress risotto), cocktails like the spicy, tequila-driven Double Down and the capper: a killer 50-seat garden outfitted with a retractable roof that makes the spot a stunner, rain or shine, for brunch or dinner.

Le Père Pinard

Photographs: Jeff Gurwin, Talia Simhi, Gary Jonas

Reopening at the end of the month following an overhaul is the garden at Gallic Lower East Sider Le Père Pinard. Sup on plump mussels and pâtés made in-house, while unwinding in the charming tiled backyard adorned with white latticework fencing, string lights, and both hanging plants and hanging bikes. Arrive early to enjoy lingering sunlight and a three-course prix fixe for $17.

Lounge 47

Photographs: Jeff Gurwin, Talia Simhi, Gary Jonas

Pre- or post-P.S.1, swing by retro-themed Lounge 47 and saunter into their sunny, pebble-strewn bamboo garden. The verdant hideaway is heaven for long, lazy afternoons of imbibing (try the cooling LIC Iced Tea—a peachy version of the classic Long Island) and chomping hamburgers painted with spicy chipotle mayo.

The Queen’s Hideaway

Photographs: Jeff Gurwin, Talia Simhi, Gary Jonas

Royalty and serfs alike are welcome at The Queen’s Hideaway, where an idyllic, vine-covered, Crayola-hued courtyard seems designed for unhurried dining sessions. Sample chef-owner Liza Queen’s eclectic edibles, including sweet-pea flan or beer-battered shark, and close the evening with a fat slice of fruit pie.

Gnocco Cucina & Tradizione

Photographs: Jeff Gurwin, Talia Simhi, Gary Jonas

Escape the East Village hubbub at Gnocco Cucina & Tradizione, an Italian stalwart with a subdued, secluded stone backyard filled with foliage and blossoms. Order a reasonably priced bottle of prosecco ($30) and dive into crisp pizzas, tender pastas and the restaurant’s namesake: savory fritters with paper-thin prosciutto, salami and capocollo.

Eastern Nights

Photographs: Jeff Gurwin, Talia Simhi, Gary Jonas

Hit Egyptian social club Eastern Nights (25-35 Steinway St between 25th and 28th Aves, Astoria, Queens; 718-204-7608) to snack on braised lamb and tahini-drizzled fava beans, and sip cool mango fruit shakes in a flora-filled garden—it opens for the season on May 29. Alcohol’s verboten, so puff fragrant-tobacco-packed shishas ($7) instead.


Photographs: Jeff Gurwin, Talia Simhi, Gary Jonas

Annabelle’s, chef Neil Ganic’s reinvention of lamentably departed Lillie’s, opens this Thursday. Ganic has spiffed up the interior (a mahogany bar, restored floor tiling) and transformed the backyard into a tree-studded refuge ideal for sucking down shucked oysters and Sixpoint drafts.

Franklin Park

Photographs: Jeff Gurwin, Talia Simhi, Gary Jonas

What was once an oil-stained garage has transformed into lush beer garden Franklin Park, featuring a leafy, dog-friendly patio packed with picnic tables. Snag one on a sunny day and unwind while waitresses deliver cool microbrews both national (creamy Green Flash IPA) and local (crisp Coney Island Lager).

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