Drinks & Dining
4 Places To Dine & Drink Outdoors In New York City
The temperatures are slowly rising and we’re beginning to see the signs of summer in the city; New Yorkers are strolling around the city, biking, jogging, and eating outdoors.
Take advantage of the warm weather by sitting down for drinks or a bite to eat at these four fabulous outdoor dining destinations.
1. Lobby Lounge & Garden at The Ludlow Hotel
180 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side
*Now serving light bites by Dirty French*
Surrounded by charming brick walls and blue stone-paved flooring, this tranquil “secret” garden is hidden behind the trendy Ludlow Hotel’s lobby bar and lounge. The outdoor area itself is large, giving guests plenty of room to relax and mingle, both daytime and evening. There’s an excellent selection of specialty signature cocktails, inspired by the the cocktail parlors of Paris and New Orleans, with unique and unexpected flavor twists (an homage to the Lower East Side), all curated by Thomas Waugh, in-house bar director. There’s also a new abbreviated menu from Dirty French, the ground-floor restaurant by Major Food Group. We can’t wait to try the summer cocktails, especially the Muddy Water prepared with Powers Irish Whiskey, cumin-infused Sazerac Rye, Amaro Nonino, bitters, and Absinthe Rinse, and the Imperial Planter’s Punch (for two) made with trinidad and martinique rums, planters spices, and fresh grapefruit and lime juices.
2. Pier A Harbor House
22 Battery Place, Battery Park City
Located right on the water in the Financial District, the historic 128-year-old Pier A Harbor House is an absolutely perfect NYC warm-weather dining destination. With views of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty, this three-level restaurant is near New York’s most loved attributes and landmarks, yet its waterfront location makes the pier a true escape from the hustle and bustle. On the first floor, you’ll find The Long Hall, a sprawling beer hall which leads out onto the promenade where there’s plenty of outdoor dining space to enjoy craft beer, cocktails and fresh seafood.
3. Gemma at The Bowery Hotel
Known as one of the most popular outdoor dining spots in the city, Gemma offers a great social scene and substance. Bowery neighborhood. The atmosphere reminds us of Southern Italy, with casual outdoor dining tables along the sidewalk and of course, deliciously authentic Italian cuisine and small plates for more casual dining and drinks. In addition to fine-dining and renowned cocktails, Gemma’s consistently chic crowd makes it a go-to locale for people-watching as you nosh, sip and socialize. A sample of the cocktail list: The refreshing Governor’s Garden ($15), with crop cucumber vodka, lime, and splash of soda.
4. The Pod Café at Pod 51 Hotel
230 E 51st St, Midtown East
You simply can’t miss this outdoor garden café, situated in the Pod 51 Hotel. The laid-back and atmospheric Pod Café feels like your own private backyard, with wooden tables where you can meet friends for a glass of wine, local brew or a bite to eat. Adding to the cozy setting are hanging string lights and a projection screen wall for outdoor viewings.