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10 gorgeous floral outdoor dining set-ups in NYC

You'll be surrounded by blooms at these flower-filled bars, restaurants and rooftops.

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Written by
Shaye Weaver
&
Amber Sutherland-Namako
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NYC's concrete jungle actually has its fair share of gardens to walk in, but actually dining in one is a special treat. This year, so many restaurants and bars have incorporated that secret garden vibe into their décor by adding hundreds of flowers, vines and lush canopies. 

Some of them are so gorgeous that we've listed them as the best outdoor dining spots in NYC and some of them are so hidden they made our best hidden backyards, gardens and patios for outdoor dining in NYC.

But the following restaurants, bars and rooftops are top-notch if you're looking for a floral escape or garden getaway while you imbibe and dine in NYC.

10 gorgeous floral outdoor dining set-ups in NYC

Court Street Tavern

You can see Court Street Tavern (449 Court Street, Carroll Gardens) almost a mile away. Its big corner garden is plenty green, and colorful cascading flowers are draped over its entrance like a living waterfall. The doorway is your obvious photo-op spot, and beautiful blooms dot the rest of the restaurant’s exterior. It’s all so pretty it actually competes with the real deal garden center across the street. 

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  • Drinking

This new rooftop pop-up at Calafuria (100 Broad Street, FiDi) manages to capture that essence without your having to live as a tiny person locked under a beautiful but puzzling Black Mirror-like glass dome for all eternity. Its signature tipple will be rosé, that formerly maligned pink wine that finally got its due once White Claw came to town and started collecting all the heckles. The project hails from Tormaresca Winery in Puglia, Italy, and they’ve partnered with flower/art studio Floratorium to create a photogenic floral wall framing a mural fashioned after Calafuria’s house wine label. The floral wall is made of pink bougainvillea, green foliage, curly willow and wisteria branches. The pop-up will serve menu items like gnocchi, burrata and pizza from Ampia.

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Midtown West
  • price 3 of 4

Most rooftop bars rely on their expansive vistas to woo the crowds, noting the sky-high vantage as the main attraction. For Magic Hour, the spot from TAO Group that crowns the Moxy Times Square hotel, is known for its "urban amusement park" across its 10,000-square-foot space, with rotating carousel seating, a topiary garden and Foreplay, a putt-putt course filled with animal statues in NSFW positions. That being said, it does mix things up from time to time—the latest being "The Pink Rose Garden." Magic Hour teamed up with Design House Decor to bring in 10,000 roses to the space and has created pink rose-themed cocktails and treats. Its carousel is wrapped in a custom rose print with seats that've been converted to layered rose swings and its walls are coated in rose and greenery foliage. There are also customized floral steps draped in a trendy ombre pink palette, bunnies dressed in flower crowns and much more. This will be up through October.

 

 

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4

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The Italian seafood-centric restaurant Marea (240 Central Park S., midtown) is known for bringing dramatic decor to its outdoor seating overlooking Central Park. In the winter, it was après ski-themed and now it's simply full of vibrant blooms, vines and leaves.

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  • Greek
  • Soho
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Lola Taverna (210 6th Ave., Soho) has a menu of fresh seafood and mezze platters that'll make you feel like you're dining on Greek island—and now its beautiful garden will, too. The stunning pink and purple flowers that drape off vines are reminiscent of the gorgeous flora you find in small Greek villages.

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  • Cocktail bars
  • Chelsea
  • price 3 of 4
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The romantic and verdant rooftop atop the McKittrick Hotel, Gallow Green, has finally reopened to the public and it's just as beautiful as ever. Open for dinner and drinks on Tuesday through Sunday evenings, this hidden, lofty garden is for those looking for a more intimate and romantic rooftop bar scene. Sitting under the twisted vines dripping with flowers with a hand-crafted cocktail in hand, you really feel transported to somewhere outside of NYC.

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Perivóli

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Perivóli, which is Green for "garden," is a poolside Mediterranean restaurant boasting fresh seafood on top of the Ravel Hotel (808 Queens Plaza S., LIC) with midtown views over the East River. It’s a little reminder that a lot of the best views of Manhattan are from off the island.  

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  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • West Village
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Pinto (117 W 10th St, West Village) is a farm-fresh Thai restaurant that aims for intense flavors and now its outdoor set-up is just as bold with pink and white roses by Floratorium. They continue out back in its covered backyard patio, too, which feels especially magical.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • West Village
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Palma (28 Cornelia St., West Village) evokes the Italian countryside with its antique wooden tables, rickity paper light fixtures and simple, whitewashed walls, but its verdant backyard truly transforms your dining experience into something special. The intimate space makes you feel like you're supping with friends in their Italian garden. It may not be filled to the brim with roses, but its rustic beauty is just as gorgeous.

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