The 13 Best Restaurants To Dine Outdoors in NYC

May 31, 2024 | Press

Enjoy flower-filled courtyards, Brooklyn Bridge views, and a dramatic retractable glass ceiling at New York City’s best outdoor dining restaurants.

The 13 best restaurants to dine outdoors in New York City

New York City is constantly reinventing itself—and so are its outdoor dining setups. Secret gardens, open-air oases, and scenic verandas let New Yorkers dine outside in all five boroughs.

Head to the airy terrace at an Italian favorite for unbeatable Brooklyn Bridge views. At a French American staple in TriBeCa, a seasonal sidewalk cafe is a welcoming oasis. A flower-filled courtyard at an Upper East Side pub brings mellow British taproom vibes to New York City.

For a few precious months every year, New Yorkers can max out on all things alfresco. Read on for a guide to the 13 best restaurants for outdoor dining in NYC right now.


Brooklynites have long flocked to Parklife in groups for a massive backyard that always makes it feel like the best picnic hang. It’s an especially exciting time to visit because owners Scott Koshnoodi and Julie Kim recently debuted a new menu inspired by Tex Mex and Persian food. Head over earlier in the afternoon for low-key vibes or stop by after a show at the nearby Littlefield (same owners) for weekend dance parties. Hot tip: Tuesday-night trivia is a great intro to Parklife.