We’ve finally arrived!
New Yorkers can rejoice and raise a glass to toast phase two at these restaurants around town with al fresco seating options.
Sushi Lab Rooftop (132 W. 47th Street) at The Sanctuary Hotel in Midtown offers guests a creative spin on traditional sushi from Executive Chef Frankie Chen. The restaurant features Japanese small plates, along with creative Nigiri, Sashimi and Maki sushi. Of course the star of the show is the omakase experience, utilizing only the freshest ingredients.
Loulou (176 8th Avenue) in Chelsea has 15 tables available for dining al fresco for lunch and dinner daily beginning at 12pm. Signature menu items from Executive Chef Jarett Brodie include the Loulou Burger made with grass-fed beef, clothbound cheddar and caramelized onions, Duck Leg Confit with apple rosemary puree and gala chutney and Steak Frites featuring a 7oz skirt steak and béarnaise. That’s in addition to a large selection of craft cocktails, wine and beer.
Nerai (55 E. 54th Street) in Midtown East now has an expansive garden patio with 20 tables and over50 seats for outdoor dining at lunch and dinner beginning at 11:30am daily. The Nerai Garden is now in operation for lunch and dinner daily. Indulge in dishes from Executive Chef Moshe Grundman like Shrimp Mikrolimano with tiger shrimp in a tomato ragu, Lavraki, Short Rib Yiouvetsi and Seafood Orzotto with octopus, shrimp and mussels. Additionally, wine, beer and other beverages are served.
Beyond Sushi has 8 tables at their Upper East Side (1429 3rd. Ave) location, 3 tables at their West Side (62 W. 56th St) location, 6 tables at their Nolita location (215 Mulberry) and 9 tables at their Union Square (229 E. 14th St.) location. There are over 50 seats across the four venues to dine al fresco on Executive Chef Guy Vaknin’s signature vegan and kosher specialties including his vegan take on a spicy tuna roll with the Spicy Mang, in addition to the Mighty Mushroom, Sweet Tree Roll, Sunny Side Roll, Pickle Me Roll and Smoky Jack Roll. They also go far Beyond Sushi with dishes like their Fun-Guy Dumplings, Chipotle Seitan skewers and the Nutty Buddy Rice Paper Wrap. The tables are offered first come first served.
Fornino at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park has outdoor seating for 100 available to take in the sunshine and chef and owner Michael Ayoub’s wood-fired pizzas, salads and sandwiches and alcoholic beverages. Fornino’s rooftop happy hour is Monday – Friday from 4pm – 7pm with $5 beer, $8 wine and a $10 daily drink special. Fornino also has 24 seats in their backyard at their Greenpoint location (849 Manhattan Avenue). Reserve your spot by visiting www.fornino.com.
Clinton Hall has an expansive outdoor seating area available at their FiDi (90 Washington St.) location. Enjoy great Supercraft beer, hard seltzers, wine and a full bar menu alongside delicious food from Executive Chef Darryl Harmon like his signature Double Smashed Burger, Buffalo Cauliflower, Crispy Chicken Wings, Giant Pretzels and more. Clinton Hall FiDi is open Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm-10pm, Friday 4pm-11pm, Saturday 1pm-11pm and Sunday 1pm-10pm.
Ainslie (76 Ainslie St.) in Williamsburg has opened their new rooftop with 26 seats in addition to having 36 seats on the sidewalk and 50 seats in their garden. Ainslie’s Executive Chef John DeLucie and lead pizzaiolo Erasmo ‘Mino’ Lassandro offer a tasty menu of wood-fired pizzas, pastas, free range chicken, NY Strip Steak, Atlantic Salmon and Wood Fired Rosemary Wings. The restaurant, wine bar and beer garden also has an extensive alcoholic beverage menu. They’re also kicking off an All You Can Drink Brunch beginning this coming Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 4pm.
Wednesday, June 24th
The Ten Hope Outdoor Garden (10 Hope Street) in Williamsburg is officially open for the first time just in time to celebrate phase two. The 2,500 square-foot vine-laced open-air patio has ample socially distanced seating in a green environment with fresh air, fresh food and with an entry direct from the street. Summertime day and night dishes from Executive Chef Travis McGinty include Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche, Burrata Salad, Chicken Under a Brick with spicy green ramp, shallot, fava bean, baby corn, butternut squash ribbons and ramp ends and Shakshuka Flatbread with baked coddled eggs, shakshuka sauce, feta and herbs for brunch. There are also offering frozen cocktails, a spiked spritz menu, in addition to hard seltzer, beer and wine by the glass and bottle. The Ten Hope Outdoor Garden is open Monday – Friday from 5pm – 11pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 11pm.
Thursday, June 28th
Hole in the Wall in Murray Hill (626 1st Avenue) and FiDi (15 Cliff Street) is open to outdoor diners Thursday – Sunday 9am-5pm and reservations can be made through Yelp. Their newest location at Hotel Henri (37 W. 24th Street) is open from 9am – 8pm daily. Signature dishes from Executive Chef Brent Hudson include a Chili Scramble, Avocado Toast and a Breaky Roll with applewood smoked bacon, chorizo pate, folded eggs, chimichurri and mayo on a milk bun with tots on the side. You can also enjoy the Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich or Crispy Pork Belly with sticky glaze, chili, fried shallots and lime. Sip on a Jalapeno Bloody Mary, a Blood Orange Negroni, an Aperol Spritz or a Mimosa anytime of day. Hole in the Wall’s Flatiron location has seating for 40, Murray Hill has 15 outdoor tables and FiDi has 10 tables. To keep everyone safe, the entire staff is wearing PPE and customers are asked to wear masks when they leave their table. There is a limited group size of 6 per table, tables are a minimum of 6 feet apart and cashless and contactless payment is available.
Friday, June 26th
Brooklyn Chop House (150 Nassau Street) in FiDi has 60 seats for sidewalk dining steps away from the Brooklyn Bridge. Patrons can make a reservation via OpenTable and covered seating is offered Monday – Sunday from 12pm – 10pm. Indulge in everything from seafood and noodles, to 30 – 35 day dry-aged Prime Steaks and Double Thick Cut Chops. Splurge on 32oz Dry-Aged Bone in Tomahawk and a 48oz Dry-Aged Porterhouse for two and Salt & Pepper Lobster Tails. Other dishes include Spicy Kung Pao Chicken, Rock Shrimp Tempura, and Colorado Lamb Chops. Enjoy their delicious cocktails as well which include frozen Lychee Martinis.
Wednesday, July 1st
Haven Rooftop above the Sanctuary Hotel (132 W. 47th Street) in Midtown is ready for diners to escape to. Haven offers delicious food and craft cocktails. Favorites include sliders, tuna tartare, and Buffalo wings, Branzino and Steak Au Poivre with peppercorn sauce. Pair that with a Cloudtini or summer sangria for a truly elevated experience. They also have a bottomless brunch in the sky on weekends from 11:30am – 3pm.