NYC Restaurants Where It’s Enjoyable to Eat Outdoors

In the spring in NYC, there’s plenty of places where you can eat outside, but usually that just means sitting at a little table in front of the restaurant, with the soundtrack of cabs and cars driving by, all-the-while giving everybody who passes by a lovely view of you mid-bite. Instead, check out some of our favorite, most enjoyable places to dine outside, because a garden, string lights, or a rooftop all sound way better than curbside seating.


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Appetizers at Hudson Clearwater. 

Hudson Clearwater

Now that it’s warm, it’s time to enjoy a lovely meal in the beautiful outside garden courtyard area behind Hudson Clearwater. This secluded little patio is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of NYC, and it’s nestled right in the West Village. Come in on a weekend morning for a brunch with the girls, or make a res in the evening for a romantic dinner under the twinkling lights.


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Pasta dishes at Satina.


Whether you’re coming right from the Whitney or down from the Highline, be sure to stop in to Satina for a bite. Get a table on their outside patio to enjoy their coastal Italian cuisine; all the trellises covered with banana leaves make you feel like you’re at a super cool garden party, and definitely not sitting on a curb somewhere in Manhattan.


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David Bouhadana and sushi at Sushi on Jones.

Sushi on Jones

Grabbing sushi at Sushi on Jones is an experience like no other – name another sushi place in NYC where you can get up close and personal with the sushi chefs making your fresh omakase and enjoy the beautiful spring weather all at the same time. At Sushi on Jones, it only takes 30 mins for you to sit down, order and enjoy your omakase at their four-seat bar, then be back on your merry way exploring the Concrete Jungle.


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Main bar at Grand Banks. PC: @reed.bryant

Grand Banks

Ever wanted to just hop on your private yacht to dine on the Hudson with a few of your friends and family? Well, maybe you don’t have a yacht of your own, but the next best thing is definitely dining at Grand Banks, an oyster bar on the historic wooden schooner, the Sherman Zwicker, at Chelsea Piers. We love their oysters and all the sea-worthy drinks, like the Captain’s Blood.


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Rooftop dining room at David Burke Kitchen. PC: @qa2nyc

David Burke Kitchen

David Burke Kitchen is a super whimsical restaurant, and what else would you expect from a restaurant whose signature dessert is a tower of cake pops and where they serve bacon on a clothesline? When you eat outside at David Burke Kitchen, you ascend up at flight of stairs and enter what looks like a tree house balcony looking out over Spring Street. For a more intimate dining experience, reserve one of their bungalow-tables with curtains between.


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Ramen at Ivan Ramen. PC: @jtwerkman

Ivan Ramen

You’ve for sure heard about Ivan Ramen as one of the best ramen spots in NYC, but you might not expect that Ivan Ramen has a really lovely patio outback, too. Be sure to check out their absurdly cool, super intricate mosaic mural that spans the entire back wall – it’s amazing. Don’t worry about getting too warm while you’re slurping your ramen, they’ve got you covered, literally, with an awning.


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Courtyard at Laudree Soho. PC: @sebastianss


We can’t imagine a more picturesque Saturday afternoon than sitting under the canopy of trees in Laudree Soho’s courtyard, enjoying an authentic French macaron, or a sleeve. You can get their famous desserts at any of the locations in the city, but if you want to feel like you’ve just been transported to the café’s on the streets of Paris, head to Soho.


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Dinner for two at Lo Lo’s Seafood Shack.

Lo Lo’s Seafood Shack

For a causal, picnic-style lunch at Lo Lo’s Seafood Shack’s backyard shack, painted a shade of aqua blue that gives the whole place a super chill vibe. First, go up to the counter, order every one of their spicy, zesty Caribbean dishes (plus all the sauces), and don’t forget to get one of their homemade punches – you’ll feel like you’re one a Caribbean beach vacation in the middle of Harlem.

Best Brunch Pizzas in NYC

Food trends come and go, but everybody in New York knows pizza is king. Traditionally, people think pizza’s just for lunch, dinner, or late night, but why not have pizza at brunch? Honestly, we can’t think of a better dish to pair with our mimosas, so say cheers to the weekend and try one of our favorite brunch pizzas.


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Smoked salmon pizza at Riburosa.


Imagine if your favorite bagel with lox and the best pizza ever had a baby and you’ll have Rubirosa’s smoked salmon pizza topped with Acme smoked fish, creamy mascarpone, and onions. If you’re feeling bacon, you’ll be happy to know they also have a brunch pie covered with bacon, eggs and pickled onions.


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Breakfast pizza at Motorino.


If we could make the perfect pizza, it would probably be Motorino’s brunch pizza, topped with ultra-creamy mozzarella di bufala, fried eggs, pancetta, basil, and parm. The eggs are cracked over the pizza a few minutes before it’s ready for the perfectly oozy yolks. Warning: eating this pizza can get a little messy, but the combo of savory egg yolk, salty pancetta and juicy mozzarella is worth a stain or two.


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Pizza at Marta. PC: @wilber_eats_bacon


Marta is another masterpiece from Danny Meyer (Union Square Café, Gramercy Tavern, and Shake Shack, etc.) and their Patate Alla Carbonara pizza, with potatoes, guanciale, black pepper, egg, and pecorino, is just to die for – it’s got all the carby, meaty, cheesey, and spicy flavor you want when you roll up to brunch.



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Pizza at Leuca. PC: @foodloversdiary


Everybody’s been freaking out over Leuca’s mafaldini, but have you heard about their fabulous pizzas? Go big for brunch and make sure you order their Graham Avenue pie topped with duck egg, bacon, tomato and grana for the perfect finish.



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Smoked salmon pizza at Speedy Romeo. PC: @pizza

Speedy Romeo

At Speedy Romeo, you can make any pizza a brunch pizza by tossing an egg on top for $2, because everybody knows that it’s not a *true* brunch pizza without an egg! But, what we really go crazy for here is The Gravlax pizza: mescal-fennel cured salmon, ricotta, red onion, capers and lemon all on their perfect crisped and fluffy grilled dough.



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Breakfast pizza at Massoni. PC: @dwmassoni


We love these creative brunch pizzas. At Massoni, they’ve got four pies to chooses from: a sweet and spicy one with pepperoni and honey, a complex one with charred ‘sprouts and pistachio pesto, a breakfast one with bacon, egg, and cheese (and spicy sriracha ketchup!), and a super classic one with just cheese, sauce, and oregano. It’s so hard to pick just one of these pizzas, so make sure to bring friends so you can try them all.


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Pizza at Barano.


At Barano in Brooklyn, brunch is serious business. It’s not just breakfast and lunch on the same menu, they carefully fused the two so you get your favorite breakfast and lunch foods as one perfectly blended brunch mix. Our favorite here is the Purgatorio Pizza with farm eggs, charred onions, tomato, prosciutto and fresh parmigiana reggiano.

5 Faves: Super Trendy Grain Bowls To Try

With summer right around the corner, it’s time we actually start eating a little more healthy so we can be beach-ready by June. What better way to kickstart your new #fitfam #healthy lifestyle than with a delicious grain bowl, which is basically the brain child of a salad and a burrito bowl. Here is a list of 5 of our favorites in NYC.

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Most Anticipated Spring 2017 Restaurant Openings

Spring has officially sprung and with it the announcement of all the new and exciting restaurants coming to NYC. Restaurant openings in the winter are few and far between so we’ve been counting down to these openings for what feels like an eternity! Here are some of the restaurants we’re most excited about:

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6 Approachable Restaurants for a Gluten-Free Dinner

If you’ve got a gluten allergy, then you know how hard it can be to find a great restaurant with more than one semi-edible gluten-free menu option. Before you consider Google search for your gluten-free finds, consider some of our favorite very gluten-free friendly restaurants in NYC:

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5 Faves – Unique Fast & Quick Casual Spots to Check Out

In a time when people seem to be busier than ever, spending an hour plus to sit down to a lengthy lunch or dinner is a thing of the past. The name of the game now is “fast-casual” AKA a restaurant where you can get good food, quickly, and at a great price without all the ceremony of a meal out. Here are five fast-casual spots we think you should totally add to your weekly lunch rotation.  Continue reading “5 Faves – Unique Fast & Quick Casual Spots to Check Out”

5 Reasons You Need to Go to Louisville

Turns out my food-filled trip down to Louisville was full of a lot more than hot chicken, cheeseburgers and biscuits and gravy. In just two days, I felt like I had a second home, a new abundance of knowledge and profound pride in being an American. If you’ve ever considered taking a trip to Louisville, or even if you haven’t, here are five reason why it’s worth checking out ASAP.

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