With beachy white brick walls, sculptural floral chandeliers, real-deal blooms, ruffly green leaves and an angled glass ceiling that cozies up the space, Pinto’s covered garden is as pretty as a birthday cake. Its drinks are also especially festive, including the Thai iced tea’s DIY presentation, precious popsicle sangria and the bottled cosmo packed in ice and delicate buds that practically pushes dining here into the immersive experience zone.
Summer might be two-thirds over, but outdoor dining and drinking continue apace! This year has been sizzling, literally and figuratively, with sky-high heat and humidity and restaurants as hard to get into as ever before.
Short of making a reservation (What is this, Los Angeles?) one way to secure a seat is to patronize places unknown to your friends and neighbors, unheard of by tourists and unfamiliar to even the most prolific Yelpers. But being that this is neither the surface of the sun nor the bottom of the sea, few places are truly secret.
Some restaurants and bars, however, do have areas that are a little more hidden away than the rest. These are your semi-secret gardens, surprising back yards, unexpected patios and cozy spots where you can feel a little tucked away in one of the biggest cities in the world.