Its finally freezing in NYC, but outdoor dining and drinking is as hot as ever. In years past the temperature might have driven most inside, but the appeal of the open air makes outside space as competative as 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.