Chickadees are chirping, the sun is shining and NYC restaurants’ outdoor furniture is finally re-emerging. The minute the weather hits a warm note, spots with outdoor seating or patios are packed with spring-loving foodies eager to enjoy it all: refreshing drinks, quality eats and sunshine in the breeze. Enjoy these lovely Clean Plates-approved restaurants in the city as you celebrate the spring holidays.
Delicious American with eclectic decor in the West Village | 81 West 10th Street
“…a relaxed outdoor patio dotted with dangling potted plants and simple white latticework (if it’s nice out, opt for the latter). The food, each dish more solid than the next, knows exactly where it stands.”
High-end, busy French brasserie in SoHo | 80 Spring Street
While Balthazar doesn’t have an official outdoor dining area, there are a few benches lining the restaurant entrance, which lies on bustling Spring Street in SoHo. “If you feel like being French but don’t have an appetite for a sit-down meal, stop by Balthazar’s bakery (right next door) to pick up an espresso and croissant and find a spot on one of their outdoor benches meant for people watching.”
Neighborhood brunch fave in Chelsea | 156 10th Avenue
People-watching at Cookshop, “where the fabulous people brunch,” is anything but lacking. Expect to find organic meat and slow food options with a plentiful brunch menu. As reviewer Alex Van Buren noted after a visit, “a woman preened on the outdoor patio, sunning herself in a hat that looked to have been vertically sliced in half—an ode to Picasso, perhaps? Ah, Chelsea.”
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Seasonal eats under the High Line in West Village | 848 Washington Street
“This sprawling contemporary eatery boasts an outdoor terrace, sun-drenched front lounge and airy main dining room filled with white clothed tables, tufted leather banquettes and a floor embedded with thousands of copper pennies.”
Rustic American with “secret” entrance in West Village | 447 Hudson Street
“Needless to say, locating this popular West Village spot without preliminary research or a trusty iPhone can be a befuddling affair. Once you’re finally nestled into your indoor four-top (which can only be secured with a reservation), chef’s counter barstool or outdoor metal table (both available for walk-ins), you’ll feel all the more deserving of the delicious meal to follow.”
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