Get Outside At New York's Best Springtime Restaurants

Winter and summer in New York are on opposite ends of the spectrum, but with the same consequences: it can be brutal to be outside. Thankfully, there's spring sandwiched in between to save us from the frigid cold and sticky heat. And when spring finally descends on the city, there's nothing better than plopping down outdoors, sharing a meal and clicking a few glasses with close friends. 

The restaurants on this list were chosen for a few reasons: great outdoor spaces, good food and generally awesome vibes. For example, take newcomer Celestine. Located under the Manhattan Bridge, there are few places better to enjoy the skyline views while sipping orange wine. Or there's old-standby Habana Outpost, a fun, flirty party, complete with frozen margs and Cubano sandwiches. 

For a more foreign affair, Win Son is bringing Taiwan to Brooklyn and Claro is channeling the delicious power of Oaxaca – both excellent options for getting some sun while opening your mind (and mouth!) to food culture from around the globe. 

Below, we roll through ten of the best restaurants to get your bite on this spring.  

West Village


Hudson Clearwater isn't new, but even years after opening, it's still one of the best spots in town. With a back patio that's to die for, the cozy space oozes that quaint, romantic charm that you can only find in the West Village. But it's not...  Read More

Jones Wood Foundry
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Jones Wood Foundry has a communal table made of gnarled wood, long chesterfield banquettes and a cozy front bar that encourages a convivial atmosphere among the Brit expats and foodies who flock here. They come for the company and the food,...  Read More



From their onsite gardening internships to their podcasts recorded at the Heritage Radio Network, pizza doesn't get any cooler than at Roberta's. But lest that dissuade you from trekking out to Bushwick for a nibble, let us ease your fears:...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Claro


Claro is one of the hottest and most exciting restaurants to open in New York in recent memory - and their backyard patio makes it even more special. Claro's a Mexican restaurant, but you won't find your standard enchiladas or rice and beans...  Read More

Gallow Green
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If there were bars in fairy tales, they'd look like Green Gallow at the McKittrick Hotel. Plants are plentiful (as are wait-times, so plan accordingly) on this lush, green rooftop that's the perfect backdrop for drool-worthy Instagram pics. Is...  Read More

Mister Dips
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Mister Dips is a food truck stationed on property at The William Vale hotel, making it an ideal spot for a quick pit-stop while you're bouncing around Williamsburg. From your perch on the grassy knolls in front of the truck, you can take in the...  Read More

Vinegar Hill House
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Nothing says spring more than a blossoming cherry tree, which is exactly what you'll find at Vinegar Hill House. Located in an unassuming area near the Brooklyn Navy Yard, this quaint, old-timey restaurant is equally suited for dinner with the...  Read More

Habana Outpost
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The corn! The Cubanos! The bright colors! Habana Outpost just looks like a place that knows how to party. Its outdoor patio boasts neon orange and yellow umbrellas, lime green colored picnic tables and a funky vibe that can only be described as...  Read More

Win Son
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Billed as Taiwanese-American, Win Son has been called one of the most thrilling meals of the moment in NYC. The food at Win Son is playful (sloppy bao with stew pork, chili and peanuts, anyone?) but it also packs a serious punch in terms of...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Celestine


Celestine opened in the fall of 2017, making it quite the tease for New Yorkers who had to wait all winter to finally enjoy the grandeur of its riverside patio. Tucked under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO, Celestine mixes Northern Africa, the...  Read More


Meet Andrea Wien

Andrea Wien was bitten by the travel bug from an early age, and has lived in New York, Seattle, Cleveland and Sydney, Australia since 2007.

When she's not traveling or planning a trip, you'll...  More About Andrea