Five worthy alfresco eateries
Wed May 25 2011
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Feast in the fresh air at these gardens and sidewalk patios.
Taking over the 12,000-square-foot plaza outside of futuristic food court FoodParc, this outdoor drinkery is a beer lover's wonderland. Sustenance comes courtesy of heavyweight chefs—including Zak Pelaccio (Fatty 'Cue), Harold Dieterle (Kin Shop), and Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban (Edi & the Wolf)—who have set up stalls around the courtyard. Meanwhile, ten taps dole out brews like Radeberger Pilsner and Southampton Publick House Double White Ale. Not a bad spot to nosh on Dieterle's Thai-style fried chicken while you catch the latest Yankees game on the 35-foot LED screen. 845 Sixth Ave between 29th and 30th Sts (646-600-7140, foodparc.com). Mon--Thu 4--11pm, Fri 2--11pm, Sat noon--11pm, Sun noon--6pm.
If you'd prefer to take your meals in an elegant English garden, Bobo's back patio is an ideal substitute. Surrounded by partial white-lattice covering, hanging petunias and antique birdcages, you'll feel like you're in a Jane Austen novel. Extra incentive to visit comes in the form of a weekday happy hour, which includes $1 oysters and $5 local draft beers from 5 to 7pm. For a sunbathing-ready cocktail, look to Bobo's titular quaff, a refreshing mix of prosecco, Aperol and orange liqueur ($13). 181 W 10th St at Seventh Ave South (212-488-2626, bobonyc.com). Mon--Wed 5--11pm; Thu, Fri 5pm--midnight; Sat 11am--midnight; Sun 11am--10pm.
Surrounded by herbs and vegetables (lavender, rosemary, thyme, chives and Thai chili peppers, to be exact), and a 30-year-old ficus, you'll easily forget that this farm-fresh eatery's garden room is, in fact, indoors. The chamber is bathed in a natural glow, thanks to an enormous skylight, which makes it the perfect place to park in January when you're craving some UV rays (or in May when it's pouring). Munch on portobello sliders ($14) and sip a refreshing Bees' Knees (gin, lavender-infused honey and lemon juice, $12) to heighten the back-to-nature vibe. 403 W 43rd St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-315-2121, elsewherenyc.com). Mon--Wed noon--2:30pm, 5--11pm; Thu, Fri noon--2:30pm, 5pm--midnight; Sat 11am--3pm, 5pm--midnight; Sun 11am--3pm, 5--11pm.
The Tangled Vine Wine Bar & Kitchen
This Upper West Side oenophile destination offers a prime opportunity for balmy-summer-night people-watching on its wraparound sidewalk terrace. Aided by a buzz from one of the many organic wines, like the 2009 Ermita de Nieve by Viedos de Nieva, a Spanish pour created from century-old vines (glass $10, bottle $38), you'll be lulled into starry-eyed appreciation for Manhattan's buzzing streets. A healthy selection of small plates (try the crispy crab croquettas with saffron aioli, $10) mean you can while away an evening with a leisurely feast. 434 Amsterdam Ave at 81st St (646-863-3896, tangledvinebar.com). Mon, Tue 5--10pm; Wed 5--11pm; Thu, Fri 5pm--midnight; Sat 3pm--midnight; Sun 11:30am--3pm, 5--10pm.
Tchoup Shop at d.b.a. Brooklyn
The Big Easy pops up every Sunday in d.b.a. Brooklyn's back garden, as former N'awlins resident Simon Glenn takes over the grill for an authentic Cajun barbecue. An exposed-brick wall, white umbrellas and gingham tablecloths help set the back-porch vibe, while the food (which changes weekly) includes classics like peel-and-eat BBQ shrimp ($9), slow-roasted pork po' boys ($8) and green-onion potato salad ($4). Stop by Thursday evenings for the new Tchoup Shop Oyster Nights (from 5pm till they run out), where you can nosh on oysters two ways: Louisiana style on the half shell with lemon and crackers, or barbecued with a spicy sesame-ginger glaze (each $2, six for $10). 113 North 7th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-223-2710, tchoupshop.com). Sun 1--7:30pm; Oyster Night Thu 5pm.