We look forward to this every year -- when the rainproof tables and chairs start to come out, the umbrellas are unfurled, and we can dream for just a few months that our beloved New York is Paris or Rome. Whether people-watching with friends on a grand boulevard, or snuggling in a lovely shaded backyard garden with a lover, outdoor dining adds just a touch of nature, relaxation and freedom to our city lives.
Perenially crowded during its spring to fall open season, Habana is that chill weekend outdoor joint you love to grab frozen mojitos, Sixpoint beers, spicy corn and Cubanos at. This spot is also environmentally focused, with a rainwater reharvesting system and frequent environmental events. Also try the skirt steak, which is tender, delicious and filling. Good for babies and big groups.
Did you know that Berry Park has weddings? I happen to know because several couples I know have gotten hitched on Berry Park's rooftop, with yummy food catered by the bar. If there's a gorgeous sunset, an outline of Manhattan, plenty of food, and enough folding chairs, what more do you need? Head to The Gutter for a dive bar reception of bowling afterwards.
Delicious dirty fries, Southern chicken sandwiches and jalapeño chips!
Opinions are divided on this, the sole Greenpoint Korean restaurant as of this review, but I have an affection for this spot. Mama Kim's serves slightly experimental, modern twists like radish kimchi with boquerones; a hangover stew with pork belly and shoulder; and spicy rice cakes (a.k.a. ddukbokki) that stray from the traditional taste with their heavier sauce. Plus they have my favorite cocktail -- the Corpse Reviver 2, and their drinks are righteously strong in general.
Lovely Gran Electrica has elegant tequila cocktails and yummy bite-size tacos, heartwarming pozole and rich chunky guacamole.
Rent the whole space and hire a pianist to play a birthday shebang for you here. With wine and beer at the bar and panini for your hungry friends, this lovely cafe is even more fun after dark.
Several charming little tables dot the sidewalk outside this small French bistro with Korean influences. Superb ubersavory wild mushrooms in broth with toast, kimchi bacon egg Kobe burger and Spanish smoked paprika sea salt frites. Go early for a seat.
Nasi goreng and succulent shrimp in a hiply-lit space draw neighborhood barflies for a late outside dinner in the cool spring air.