With the dawn of spring comes the long-anticipated opportunity for outdoor dining. Better yet, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants located either inside or alongside some of Manhattan’s greatest parks. Spend your morning, afternoon or evening strolling along the Battery Park promenade or rowboating across the Central Park Lake, and follow up with the meal of a lifetime!
East 72nd Street & Park Drive North
For a picture-perfect dining experience, visit the Loeb Boathouse alongside Central Park’s historic lake. After lunch, participate in the 150-year-old tradition and grab a rowboat or take a trip across the lake in an authentic Venetian gondola!
Madison Square Park
19 East 26th Street
For the ultimate farm-to-table dining experience just north of Madison Square Park, visit Black Barn Restaurant. Co-owners John Dohert and Tom Struzzieri’s vision to unite seasonal, rustic fare with a modern farmhouse atmosphere truly comes to fruition in the upscale space.
1 Battery Place
Nested inside the southern-most corner of Battery Park, Battery Gardens offers sweeping panoramic views of the New York Harbor, and delicious American fare. Plus, the space offers a beer garden and a harborside patio bar.
Washington Square Park
21 West 8th Street
Each dish at the renowned Loring Place is designed for sharing, whether a vegetable-forward small plate, locally-caught seafood or meat from a local farmer. For the tastiest meal in Manhattan just steps from Washington Square Park, visit this standout restaurant!
2 Lexington Avenue
The elite and exclusive Gramercy Park culminates in its renowned rustic trattoria Maialino. Chef Jason Pfeifer’s thoughtful Italian cuisine combines his passion for Roman tradition with a commitment to local farmers and purveyors.
25 West 40th Street
Known as the Jewel of Bryant Park, visit this restaurant for Parisian-style dining in a sophisticated atmosphere. Situated behind the landmark New York Public Library, enjoy its seasonal patio and rooftop dining to make any evening magical!