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8 NYC Alfresco Hotspots to Enjoy Cocktails amp Dinner Outdoors This Summer ...

By Meream

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Summer is about to be officially in full-swing and that means restaurants in New York City will be swinging open their doors and kicking off the coveted alfresco dining season. New Yorkers love to celebrate the end of a long winter by hitting the outdoor tables as soon as the warm weather arrives. From chic rooftop bars to charming sidewalk cafés, there is truly something for everyone this summer in Manhattan. Not sure where to go? I have scoured the city and found the 8 best outdoor bars and restaurants in NYC.

1 Morandi

Morandi Photo Credit: Rafael Chamorro

211 Waverly Pl.

Enjoy a Fritto Misto or Tagliatelle alla Bolognese at one of the alfresco tables at this rustic West Village trattoria. Its location on a lively block off Seventh Avenue South makes it a prime people-watching destination.

2 Sant’Ambroeus

Sant’Ambroeus Photo Credit: Antonio Bonanno

259 West 4th St.

This celeb hangout is situated on one of the prettiest blocks in the West Village. Although the prices are high, the incredible ambiance and location makes it all worthwhile. Enjoy a Risotto alla Milanese with the sounds of Italian chatter in the background. Don't forget to pick up a frothy cappuccino and scoop of homemade gelato from the pasticceria on your way out!

3 Gramercy Terrace

2 Lexington Ave.

Sitting high above the posh Gramercy Park Hotel, this ultra-exclusive bar/lounge/restaurant is by far one of the prettiest and most romantic rooftops in the city. Feel as if you were magically transported to a romantic garden paradise with lush landscaping, flickering candlelight in every corner and an abundance of specialty cocktails and tasty small plates.

4 Extra Virgin

Extra Virgin Photo Credit: Susan NYC

259 W. 4th St.

Chef Joey Fortunato serves inventive Mediterranean cuisine alfresco at this charming eatery located on a tree-lined West Village street. Enjoy an order of Frites with Gorgonzola Fondue alfresco at one of their prime outdoor tables. Brunch is also incredibly popular at Extra Virgin, so get there early and order the scrumptious Basque Scramble!

5 Cafe Orlin

Cafe Orlin Photo Credit: sakuraboy

41 Saint Marks Pl.

For some East Village edge, head over to hipster-hangout Cafe Orlin for tasty Middle Eastern-inspired dishes like falafel and babaganoush at one of the most coveted sidewalk tables in the neighborhood.

6 The Standard Grill

The Standard Grill Photo Credit:
848 Washington St.

A see and be seen hotspot in the trendy Meatpacking District, this restaurant lies just beneath the High Line and is connected to Andre Balazs' Standard Hotel. Expect to see plenty of flashy nightlife impresarios and fashionistas feasting on noveau American fare.

7 Jimmy

27 Grand St.

Venture to Soho's chic new James Hotel to find one of the latest rooftop cocktail scenes. Soak up the stunning views of TriBeCa and downtown Manhattan while enjoying specialty cocktails such as, "The Night of the Iguana" and "The Royal Baby." When you get hungry, head downstairs to celebrity chef David Burke's new restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel.

8 Gemma

Gemma Top Photo Credit: ZagatBuzz
335 Bowery

Smack dab in front of the Bowery Hotel lies one of the hippest sidewalk scenes downtown. Feast on sea bass crudi and a burrata cheese pizza at one of the closely-packed outdoor tables, while watching throngs of Prada-clad Europeans stroll by.

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