It's the last gasp of summer, guys, and we can already feel the chill setting in. Before those 7pm sunsets are gone, however, you can catch the last rays of the seasons at these picturesque restaurant backyards, gardens and urban farms.
The urban minifarm behind the restaurant features garden beds that provide the kitchen with radishes and lovage; a bird coop coos with quails laying eggs; and a repurposed claw-foot bathtub sloshes with crayfish. Servers ask if you want to wait for a table on a cushioned bench in the backyard, with a cocktail and crayfish crackers, say, beneath strung lights—answer yes when they do.
The room alone should clue you in to the fact that owners David Stockwell and Carla Swickerath are architects—great care went into designing their cozy Prospect Heights dining room, dressed with marble-topped tables and a sycamore-slab bar, as well as the crabapple-tree–shaded patio out back.
The inside may say Delta-blues dive, but the outside is a Southern garden party. The ample side yard of the bar’s former tenant Good Company has been refurbished with lattice fencing, white picnic tables and meandering lavender vines. It’s a charming setting for an after-work julep (the garden is open nightly until midnight) or a weekend picnic brunch, which the bar hosts Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4pm.
Luckily for you, the cheery, tree-shaded outdoor seating at this beer-buzzed Gowanus venture from Binh Douglas is open year-round. And even better, each seat, from high tops to communal tables, are outfitted with personal charging outlets.