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Where to Eat and Booze on a Boat in NYC

Posted on Jun 5, 2017 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

Everyone rushes to the nearest restaurant backyard or rooftop once spring hits, but there’s an even better way to take advantage of al fresco season — eating and imbibing on a boat. Believe it or not, there are numerous water-situated establishments scattered throughout the city; so chow down eastern seaboard style at spots like Frying Pan, Grand Banks and more.

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Where to Drink and Dine Al Fresco This Season

Posted on May 8, 2017 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

Save for slip-on shoes and sunglasses, an outdoor drinking and dining guide is the ultimate accessory for spring. And we’ve got eight exemplary spots to add to your ever-expanding al fresco list, from Enrique Olvera’s cool and casual Atla, to the newly minted courtyard at Ken Friedman & April Bloomfield’s Salvation Burger…

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What to Eat at Smorgasburg this Spring

Posted on May 1, 2017 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of, Food Markets

NYC’s biggest all-food flea market is always the first edible, al fresco free-for-all to open for the spring/summer season. And it’s proven to be a vital stepping stone over the years, catapulting fledgling small businesses onto New York’s culinary MainStage. Here are just a few we expect to be seeing a lot more from in the future; from Strange Flavor and their mala-basted burgers, to Commissary Kitchen, serving prison-influenced eats…

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The Best New Bites at Mad. Sq. Eats this Season

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 in Al Fresco Dining, Food Markets

Still searching for reasons to get excited about fall? Running from September 10th through October 7th this season, the park-side gourmet mecca hosts 25 of the most exciting street carts and restaurant spin-offs in the city. And here are six you won’t want to miss; from the Jianbing specialist, Mr. Bing, to the requisite poke purveyor, Gotham Poke…

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The Bowery Market is NYC’s Newest Food Hall

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 in Al Fresco Dining, Food Markets

Anthony Bourdain may have postponed the opening of his massive street hawker mecca until 2019, but the fast and furious proliferation of NYC food halls shows no signs of slowing down. And one of the newest is The Bowery Market, which, like Smorgasburg, is situated entirely outside, comprised of a series of awesomely unique kiosks…

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Step Right Up: Seasonal To-Go Windows Are NYC’s Hottest New Food Trend

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 in Al Fresco Dining, Summer Eats, Trendwatch

Eating food on the go is a way of life in New York, but it takes on a completely different tenor come spring or summer. That’s because the weather is so agreeably lovely, it seems a shame to waste a second of it cooped up indoors. That’s why the following establishments have opened up seasonal, fast-casual windows; an ideal way to enjoy their excellent fare, without committing to a formal, sit-down meal!

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What to Eat at Rockaway Beach this Season

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of, Summer, Summer Eats

A day at the beach in NYC used to involve planning and packing a picnic, since food options in the outer, outer boroughs were notoriously, laughably scarce. But the Rockaways changed all that, when they became breeding ground for quality vendors, serving Venezuelan arepas, pure fruit popsicles, and everything in between…

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What to Eat at Riis Beach this Season

Jacob Riis Park Beach Bazaar

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

After the winter we’ve had, it’s no wonder we’re all itching to spend as much time outside as possible. And that extends to our meals — because who wants to waste a leisurely hour or two cooped up inside of restaurants, when so many of them happen to boast breezy patios, scenic rooftops, sidewalk seating and pastoral backyards? That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite spots for dining al fresco…

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A Spotlight on UrbanSpace Garment District’s Newest Vendors

UrbanSpace Garment District

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

After the winter we’ve had, it’s no wonder we’re all itching to spend as much time outside as possible. And that extends to our meals — because who wants to waste a leisurely hour or two cooped up inside of restaurants, when so many of them happen to boast breezy patios, scenic rooftops, sidewalk seating and pastoral backyards? That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite spots for dining al fresco…

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The Surf’s Finally Up at Pizza Beach on the Lower East Side

Pizza Beach

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

After the winter we’ve had, it’s no wonder we’re all itching to spend as much time outside as possible. And that extends to our meals — because who wants to waste a leisurely hour or two cooped up inside of restaurants, when so many of them happen to boast breezy patios, scenic rooftops, sidewalk seating and pastoral backyards? That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite spots for dining al fresco…

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Where to Dine Al Fresco in NYC

Posted on May 10, 2016 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

Now that it’s spring, there’s little to keep us from the long-awaited enjoyment of eating and drinking outside! So here are eight great spots for sipping rose in the sun the whole season through — from the High Line Hotel’s Alta Linea, inspired by a chic Italian piazza, to the oyster bar on a boat, Grand Banks, gently bobbing astride the Hudson River…

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A Spotlight on Smorgasburg’s Most Noteworthy New Vendors

Smorgasburg

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

After the winter we’ve had, it’s no wonder we’re all itching to spend as much time outside as possible. And that extends to our meals — because who wants to waste a leisurely hour or two cooped up inside of restaurants, when so many of them happen to boast breezy patios, scenic rooftops, sidewalk seating and pastoral backyards? That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite spots for dining al fresco…

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New York’s Best Year-Round Rooftop Bars

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of, Fall

There’s no real reason that drinking on rooftops needs to be relegated to summer. Not when there are so many hotels, bars and restaurants boasting convertible, sky-high spaces, suitable for sipping spirits in all year round! We’ve rounded up some of our favorites, from the Hudson Hotel’s urban après-ski resort to Eataly’s own Birreria and more…

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A Guide to New York’s Best Street Eats

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of, Ethnic Eats, Food Trucks

NYC is undoubtedly one of the finest dining cities in the world, but that’s in no way limited to traditional, sit-down restaurants. Because we just so happen to have a long and proud tradition of incredible street food as well (starting with carts, moving to trucks, and expanding to involve stands at places like Smorgasburg), that’s so impressive and expansive, that we even have an awards ceremony — akin to the Oscars — for honoring the best of the best…

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New York’s Best End-of-Summer Beach Eats

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of, Seasonal Eats, Summer

With summer slipping away at an alarming pace, you’re going to want to spend as much of it as possible at the beach. And thankfully, there’s no real reason to step away from the sand and surf even for a minute, as the city’s shorelines are simply packed with amazing eats, from the Smorgasburg vendors at Coney Island, to a revolving stable of Latin American restaurants in the Rockaways.

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Where to Pack a Picnic Basket in New York

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

Drinking on rooftop bars and lunching at backyard patios is great, but now that it’s the height of spring-summer season, we want to get as close to nature as humanely possible. Which is why we’re more than happy to take an occasional break from restaurant dining, by picnicking at one of New York’s expansive outdoor spaces or parks…

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Where to Eat at Rockaway Beach

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of, Summer

Growing up in New York, beach food to us invariably meant foil-wrapped sandwiches lugged in coolers, or if we were lucky, Nathan’s fries and hot dogs from Coney Island. That was about it. And while waterside dining options have essentially remained status quo around Coney, the same certainly can’t be said of Rockaway Beach, a once sleepy strip in far-flung Queens, which — due to a spate of seriously cut above concessions — has quickly become a top summer destination…

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Al Fresco Drinking at Gallow Green

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 in Al Fresco Dining, Drink Spotting

If we can’t drink and dine on the waterfront all summer, there’s only one other place we’d rather be — up on the roof. It’s the consummate city experience… clinging onto a cocktail while precariously perched at the lip of a high rise building, peering out at the skyline and down at the bustling streets below. And when it comes to especially chic roof bars, it doesn’t get much better than Gallow Green, located on the very top of The McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea…

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The Best of Broadway Bites

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of, Food Markets

‘Tis the season for al fresco food markets, and UrbanSpace has just debuted another; Broadway Bites. Perfectly situated in Greeley Square Park, at the bustling intersection of West 33rd St and Broadway and populated by tourists and local office workers alike, Broadway Bites boasts plenty of big-name vendors, like AsiaDog and Red Hook Lobster Pound. But we’d just as soon frequent food markets in order to scope out the newbies and up-and-comers, and here are some of our favorites…

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Our Favorite Al Fresco Dining Spots

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

After the winter we’ve had, it’s no wonder we’re all itching to spend as much time outside as possible. And that extends to our meals — because who wants to waste a leisurely hour or two cooped up inside of restaurants, when so many of them happen to boast breezy patios, scenic rooftops, sidewalk seating and pastoral backyards? That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite spots for dining al fresco…

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