New Yorkers will be able to enjoy the outdoors with a nice meal in hand for the later part of summer. Since so many are delighted, we researched some of the best outdoor restaurants to visit first, offering quality meals and plenty of spacious seating for guests.

Pier I Cafe

Take a few friends out with you to overlook the views of the Hudson River while enjoying one of your first outdoor dinners post-quarantine. This restaurant is only open for the summer and the beginning stages of fall. Enjoy fresh orders of lobster rolls, burgers and frozen drinks. With plenty of spacious seating to go around, dine at your leisure and enjoy the great company you bring with you.

500 W 70th St On The River at Pier i, New York, NY 10023

Gallow Green

For a more chic setting, dine in style at a rooftop lounge with beautiful green-garden vibes. This space is known for their delicious brunch menu. They also have classic cocktails to pair with your meal. For something different, try out the “Sleep No More” cocktail, which is mixed with vodka, elderflower, butterfly-pea flowers, vermouth, citrus and cider.

542 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001


While there are a few locations in the city, Seamore’s located in Brookfield Place offers some of the best seating close to the water. Like the name suggests, this restaurant is primarily known for their seafood. Selected from the chef, Seamore’s offers a unique shrimp salad which is prepared with avocado, peas, soft boiled egg and green goddess, which is a specialized dressing.

250 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281

Bar Primi

This italian spot borders NoHo and the East Village, and offers some of the best homemade pasta in the area. With the outdoor seating wrapped around the restaurant, watch as fellow New Yorkers walk by and take in the cool scenery in the area. Don’t forget to pair your pasta dish with a large glass of red wine!

325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

Gran Electrica  Grab a bite of Mexican food when venturing out to Brooklyn. This restaurant features outdoor seating in the back patio of the premises. Call up your friends to enjoy the venue and get your fill of all the different types of tacos they serve. Pair with a refreshing margarita to cool down.

5 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Industry Kitchen

Sit comfortably right out on the piers and watch as the boats go by on the river. Located right in the heart of Seaport, the restaurant was built to give an ode to areas vintage style. Visitors take a seat at the table to taste this spot’s pizza baked in a wood-burning oven. When dining here, make sure to stay for the chocolate pizza for dessert.

70 South St, New York, NY 10038

Quality Eats

Created under the same owners who bought Manhattan Quality Meats, Quality Eats is a more affordable option with a total of three locations within the city. Serving guests with classic, delicious meals, those who arrive will never leave disappointed. They offer a savory lamb steak and classic filet.

1496 Second Ave, New York, NY 10075