Summer nights in New York are extremely precious, which means it’s very important to choose the right spot to enjoy them. But where? Since we believe that warm weather demands clinking glasses al fresco, we’re giving you the inside track on the very best outdoor restaurants the city has to offer. Whether it’s oysters and rum on an anchored boat in Brooklyn or champagne inside a lush rooftop garden in Chelsea, these ten gems are certain to help you make the most of your long, tipsy summer nights.
— Dylan Essertier
Bocce Union Square
20 Union Square West
+1 212 677 7818
Bocce is a stylish outdoor terrace located inside a pavilion smack dab in the middle of Union Square. Before you roll your eyes at the thought of brushing up against sweaty tourists in one of New York’s most packed hubs, hear us out when we say this place is a winner. For starters, there are seven types of spritzes! And pizza. And an actual bocce court. It’s the perfect storm of summer fun.
55 Water Street, Brooklyn
+1 718 650 3900
Cecconi’s brings the best of Italy to Brooklyn courtesy of its wood-fired pizzas and Nonna-approved pasta dishes. Honestly, we love this spot all year round, but it’s particularly magical in the warmer months when they open their terrace and serve up some of the best frozen negronis in the city.
Gallow Green at The Mckittrick Hotel
542 W 27th Street
+1 212 904 1883
Gallow Green in one word? Majestic. Think lush, unkempt foliage meets twinkling lights meets live music performances. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s located on the rooftop of The Mckittrick Hotel, where the immersive theater performance Sleep No More delights guests nightly.
5 Front St, Brooklyn
+1 718 852 2700
A delicious Mexican restaurant with a charming backyard, Gran Electrica is a great option for margs, delicious chips and guac and laid-back al fresco dining done right.
Ingo’s at Highline Hote
180 10th Avenue
+1 212 929 3888
Sit inside The High Line Hotel’s tropical front garden to sip spicy margaritas and dine on light bites, including truffle popcorn and charcuterie boards created by New York’s iconic Murray’s Cheese Bar.
383 Carroll Street, Brooklyn
+1 347 799 2154
If you’re looking for a burger and a beer and a super chill atmosphere Lavender Lake is your spot. Guys, we’re not exaggerating when we say this indoor/outdoor bar in Gowanus has a smash burger topped with bacon and aged cheddar that will legit blow your mind. Wash it down with one of their signature cocktails (we recommend the ‘Delfonics’ made with Hibiscus infused Mezcal, lime, rosemary and orange liqueur) for an A+ summer evening.
The Met Rooftop
1000 5th Avenue
+1 212 535 7710
If you’re partial to your cocktails with a side of art, head to The Met rooftop where you’ll be able to enjoy wine, beer and dreamy views of Central Park. Does it get more New York than that? We think not.
Pier 6 Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn
+1 917 810 8550
Pilot is located on an old sailboat anchored at Brooklyn Bridge Park , which means the vibe is part swanky bar and part stylish boat party. It’s one of Brooklyn’s buzziest venues during the summer, which makes sense, considering they offer a cocktail menu with creative creations such as the ‘Permanent Vacation’ (three blends of rum, coconut, pineapple, orange and nutmeg), divine Montauk pearl oysters and some seriously breathtaking views of downtown Manhattan.
Public Hotel Rooftop
215 Chrystie Street
+1 212 735 6000
The Public Hotel rooftop is the summer spot to see and be seen. And how could it not be, considering it’s an Ian Schrager creation? For a proper night on the town, nothing beats the heat like this sexy rooftop and a glass (or few) of champagne here.
820 Washington Street
+1 212 254 3000
Santina is a colorful, award-winning Italian restaurant in the Meatpacking District with an outdoor patio that’s ideal for people watching. Try the ‘Sicilian Breeze’ (tequila, raspberry and sparkling rosé) with one of Santina’s signature chickpea pancakes for major Italian Riviera vibes.