Maison Premiere has been a Brooklyn favorite for more than a decade due to its abundance of absinthe and oysters, elegantly weathered dining room, and, of course, its charming garden. It’s lined with vines and teeming with greenery, natural light streams in by day, and the whole place takes on a twinkling, magical quality in the evening.
The middle of summer lands on August 7 this year, the season's center moving sunshine dining, icy libations and so much spent mother of pearl from moment to memory. And the rush to keep feeling, to stack experiences and gather sensations of these last fleeting weeks makes actually landing outdoor space at rooftops bars, waterside restaurants and other peak weather venues as competative as securing a table at the Waverly Inn circa 2008.
Short of making a reservation (What is this, Los Angeles?) one way to secure a spot 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.