Food News | The City’s Best Al Fresco Dining

When living in this glorious concrete jungle, there is no better way to make the most of a sunny day than with a little al fresco dining. We’ve curated a list of our favorite upscale restaurants that offer beautiful rooftop or outdoor dining experiences. Whether you’re dining with friends or entertaining clients, these lovely spots are certain to offer a great meal accompanied by a breath of fresh air.

Nougatine at Jean Georges

1 Central Park West

Photo Courtesy Jean-Georges
Photo Courtesy Jean-Georges

A favorite for elegant business dining, Nougatine is the little sister of the adjoining Jean-Goerge’s and offers upscale seasonal cuisine with a French flair. Their lovely terrace is perfect for brunch, lunch, or dinner in the heart of Columbus Circle.

Narcissa

25 Cooper Square

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Walk past The Standard Hotel’s happening bar and head straight back into the lush garden space that is Narcissa, a  farm-to-table American cuisine hot spot in the East Village.  Narcissa is not only one of our favorite picks for outdoor dining, but also for veggie-centric cuisine (order the carrot fries).

Little Park 

85 West Broadway

Photo Courtesy Little Park
Photo Courtesy Little Park

This TriBeCa gem offers farm-to-table New American cuisine by famed chef Andrew Carmellini. You’ll love people watching as you dine on organic vegetables and free-range poultry at Little Park’s beautiful sidewalk patio.

Claudette

24 Fifth Avenue 

Image Courtesy Open Table
Image Courtesy Open Table

Enjoy Mediterranean-accented French cuisine at one of Claudette’s charming outdoor tables. Blue-and-white-checkered tablecloths set the tone for the warm West Village hospitality you’ll experience as you soak in some rays.

Reynard

80 Wythe Avenue

Photo Courtesy Wythe Hotel
Photo Courtesy Wythe Hotel

After strolling about one of the two nearby parks, head to Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel for a chic and upscale meal at Reynard. Following dinner, head upstairs to their swanky rooftop bar, The Ides, for a nightcap featuring incredible views of the Manhattan skyline. 

Barbuto

775 Washington Street

Photo Courtesy Barbuto NYC
Photo Courtesy Barbuto NYC

Walls open up in the springtime at the chic West Village Italian eatery known as Barbuto. Enjoy the fresh air and natural light as you dine on the Bucatini Alla Carbonara; it’s rumored to be one of the in town.