As the real estate market goes in Manhattan versus Brooklyn, the same applies to restaurant space: in Brooklyn there tend to be more spacious restaurants, which can translate into greater outdoor spaces.
With spring temperatures in the forecast, here are Clean Plates’ picks for restaurants with spaces under the open Brooklyn sky to tantalize more than your taste buds.
Stone Park Café
Inventive seasonal cuisine with house-made pasta in Park Slope | 324 5th Ave.
“An outdoor patio calls for balmy summer nights… Stone Park Café masters the concept of being able to adapt to your mood. Feeling like bold flavors? Pair a small plate of grilled octopus with chorizo, fingerling potatoes and preserved lemon with a main dish of a center cut pork chop with smoked cranberry beans, spaghetti squash and braised mustard seed.”
Friendly café with superb flavorful fare in South Williamsburg | 346 Bedford Ave.
“A varied menu full of guilt-free, healthy, flavorful options along with the spacious tables and outdoor seating all combine for a welcoming, fuss-free atmosphere.” Affordable Simple Café cooks up “items so craving-worthy you will be drawn to return,” reviewer Jessica Colley writes.
Rustic locavore Italian in South Williamsburg | 70 Grand St.
“Dining at Aurora is nice. The outdoor garden is quaint, and the staff is friendly and unassuming. The food is good to great, comfortable, authentic-feeling Italian — you almost won’t miss that Amalfi sunset.”
Heath Ledger’s café & oyster bar in Greenpoint | 18 Bedford Ave.
Enjoy Australian comfort food at this Greenpoint corner hot spot. “Five Leaves has mastered the art of the first impression: charming outdoor tables, a corner location, the unusual 20s era boiler-room door to the WC.”
Nile Valley Eco-Juice & Salad Bar
Smoothies, salads and live dishes in Boerum Hill |138 Willoughby St.
Located in Downtown Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market, the juice and salad bar operates out of an old shipping container, like the other storefronts here. Order from 100 percent vegan options including juices, smoothies, Jamaican patties, salads, wraps, burgers and raw food made with local organic produce. Grab a picnic table to nosh and people-watch or take a walk around the outdoor market.
Image courtesy of Five Leaves.