Best outdoor dining and restaurants in New York City

Find outdoor dining in gardens, on decks and on rooftops with our guide to the best alfresco restaurants in New York City.



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Prime yourself for alfresco dining season with our top picks for open-air eats. (Or click on a neighbohood to find an outdoor restaurant near you.)

  • Alma

  • Barolo

  • Clemente's

  • The Farm at Adderley

  • Gnocco

  • Hudson River Cafe

  • Le Jardin Bistro

  • Shake Shack



  • Price band: 1/4

Up on the roof of Cobble Hill's upscale regional-Mexican restaurant, you'll find an inviting patio and gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline.

  1. 187 Columbia St, (at DeGraw St), 11231-14
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Back Forty

  • Critics choice

At this East Village seasonal-eats tavern, settle into garden seating for solid gastropub fare and exemplary veggies.

  1. 190 Ave B between 11th and 12th Sts
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With a leafy garden this pretty, the regional Italian dishes and serious wine list don't have to be so good (but they are).

  1. 398 West Broadway, (between Broome and Spring Sts), 10012
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Clemente’s Maryland Crabhouse

Enjoy Clemente's $32.95 all-you-can-eat blue-crab special (opt for a simple dusting of Old Bay rather than the garlic-and-oil treatment) on a deck overlooking Sheepshead Bay.

  1. Venice Marina, 3939 Emmons Ave at Knapp St, 11235-10
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The Farm on Adderley

  • Price band: 1/4

This lush, rustic space tucked away in Ditmas Park is a fitting setting for chef Tom Kearney's seasonal, ingredient-driven American food.

  1. 1108 Cortelyou Rd between Stratford and Westminster Rds
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Gnocco Cucina & Tradizione

  • Price band: 1/4

A peaceful haven blossoms in the East Village.

  1. 337 E 10th St between Aves A and B
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Hudson River Cafe

The cuisine is so-so, but the dramatic, urban outdoor space is not. Settle in for a drink, a simple snack and a spectacular view of the arched underpass of Riverside Drive.

  1. 697 W 133rd St at Twelfth Ave
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Shake Shack

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Few restaurants can boast a city park as their outdoor space, and even fewer can boast of a better burger. The view of the Empire State Building is a welcome distraction from the queue.

  1. 691 Eighth Ave at 44th St
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