After spending years at the helm of Bar Primi, chef Salvatore Lamboglia’s first solo venture is a neighborhood Italian joint through and through, with a relaxed backyard to match. Venture through the narrow interior past guests feasting on fresh pasta and arancini, and you’ll find that most of Cafe Spaghetti’s seating is in the picturesque backyard. About a dozen tables outfitted with yellow and red umbrellas sit on a pebble-covered patio, making the space feel like a neighbor’s backyard in the best way.
Husband-wife team Felipe Donnelly and Tamy Rofe are no strangers to great al fresco dining. The duo is also behind Colonia Verde (and its stunning secret backyard garden) and Disco Tacos, and their latest venture, Comodo at the Freehand Hotel, follows suit. The Latin American-inspired restaurant explores flavors that stretch from Mexico to Brazil like Shrimp al Ajillo and Pork Belly Arepas—and all are best enjoyed on the sprawling streetside patio that’s outfitted with rugs, potted plants, and lanterns hanging overhead.
The latest addition to the Mercer Street Hospitality group offers a garden oasis in the middle of bustling Greenwich Village. Hancock Street’s veranda features twinkling lights, flowers, and trees stretching overhead to create a canopy-like feel, and its serene environment offers the ideal setting for enjoying handmade pasta specials and a summer rosé menu. Visit on a weekend afternoon from 3 to 5 pm and take advantage of happy hour, where rosé flights come with complimentary snacks.
Philadelphia’s famed restaurateur, Mike Solomonov, brought one of his most popular concepts to NYC just in time for summer. Laser Wolf is designed to mimic a laid-back Israeli skewer house, so protein skewers and other wood-fired main courses come along with a table-covering selection of salatim (dips, salads, pickles, and other side dishes). Located high atop the Hoxton Hotel, the restaurant is entirely open-air and the views of Manhattan—especially at sunset—provide a stunning backdrop.
With two expansive outdoor terraces boasting uninterrupted waterfront views of the Hudson River, Mezze on the River will surely make its way into your outdoor dining rotation this summer. The brand new eatery from chef Antelmo Ambrosio (Watermark, Ophelia) offers coastal dishes like raw bar towers, Seared Tuna with olive tapenade, and Hamachi Tartare that are designed to be enjoyed on the waterfront.
This lauded restaurant from chef Shaun Hergatt is known for turning out striking Asian-inspired dishes like halibut with green garbanzo beans and young ginger that change with the seasons. Now just in time for warmer weather, Vestry is opening up an equally eye-catching streetside patio for the first time. The space is outfitted with modern touches like wallpaper, hatched walls, and bright round lights.