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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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Awesome Eats Atop The High Line

Posted on May 19, 2014 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

Since opening in 2011, the High Line has become a favorite destination (especially in the spring and summer) for tourists and New York residents alike. Running from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 30th Street in Chelsea, the 1- mile long, elevated park provides some of the best waterfront views in the city, boasts 210 different, lush plant species, hosts tours, lectures, performances and events, and oh yeah, is home to a number of top, area food vendors, all of whom have just opened shop for the season. So from savory Smoked Meat at Delaney Barbecue to Mango Paletas at La Newyorkina, here’s what to eat while you’re traversing the breezy, bustling High Line.

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Spotlight on Madison Square Eats 2014

Posted on May 7, 2014 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

The 6-year-old culinary pop-up market, Madison Square Eats, just launched last Friday, with over 30 terrific vendors, both new and old. So if hunger strikes the next time you’re strolling through the Flatiron District (and you’d rather not be bothered with the crushing crowds at Eataly or crazy cue at Shake Shack), check out the delicious, diverse options, from the sloppy smoked sandwiches at Mayhem & Stout, to the elegant fish toasts at chef George Mendes’ 100 Sardines…

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Spotlight on Madison Square Eats

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

Twice a year, Madison Square Park transforms into Madison Square Eats, an outdoor, European- style culinary pop-up market that’s quickly become one of the city’s favorite al fresco dining destinations. Now in its fifth year, the fall market is being held from September 27 to October 25th, and is open from 11am to 9pm to satisfy any and all food cravings.

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Best Places to Pack a Picnic Basket in New York

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

One of the best parts of summer is ditching dining indoors and dining al fresco; either at an outdoor concert, a park, a beach, or maybe just as part of an imagined getaway on the rooftop of your pre-war walkup. Luckily, what the city lacks in rolling green spaces, it makes up in prime spots to pack a killer basket of eclectic goodies — whether your taste runs to Sheep’s Milk Cheese and local Honey from Murray’s in the West Village, Hummus and Baklava from Pera in Midtown, or sloppy sandwiches and Cheerwine from Court Street Grocers in Brooklyn. Here are a few other top, New York spots specializing in gourmet grab-and-go fare!

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New York’s Best Outdoor Dining

Posted on May 13, 2013 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

Spring is about three things… long days, balmy nights, and eating and drinking outdoors. Luckily, the city has tons of al fresco options, and we don’t just mean a few table and chairs spread out on the sidewalk (although that’s perfectly enjoyable too). So if you really want to make the most of the season, study up on our outdoor dining guide, featuring the bucolic garden at Pure Food and Wine in Gramercy, and the sexy rooftop at Juliette in Brooklyn!

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Where To Dine Al Fresco

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

You won’t hear us complaining that spring has arrived early this year.  We couldn’t be happier to trade eating hearty comfort foods for vibrant spring produce and dining in the great outdoors.  From the Upper West Side to Carroll Gardens, restaurants are opening their back gardens, retracting their roofs, and setting up sidewalk seating for al fresco dining season. Spring is the perfect excuse to conquer new culinary ground.  And if you haven’t been to Fette Sau, you’ll want to head to Williamsburg for barbecue and craft beers on Fette Sau’s picnic tables.  There’s the back garden at Back Forty in the East Village or Maison Premiere for oysters and absinthe under the stars. Spring is in the air, and we’re taking it in one bite at a time. Maison Premiere Address: 298 Bedford Ave. btwn Grand & 1st Sts....

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Best Of Al Fresco Dining Around the Five Boroughs

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

Summer has finally arrived.  When you sit inside at a desk all day, the last thing you want to do is sit inside a restaurant at dinnertime.   Besides, one of the pleasures of summer in the city is dining outdoors under the stars or sunning yourself at brunch.  There’s a variety of atmospheres and options; everything from Crispo’s charming garden with cobblestones and a a running fountain to quirky tenement spots.   Take Max’s – an Italian haunt in Alphabet City that’s been around forever – with its charming backyard, complete with a laundry line hanging overhead.   There’s plenty of old & new restaurants to take advantage of the warm weather and fruits of summer all over New York. Motorino Address: 319 Graham Ave., nr. Devoe St. (Brooklyn) Phone: (718)599-8899 Most New Yorkers are used to dining elbow-to-elbow with strangers,...

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Spring Menus & Al Fresco Dining

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of

One of the best things about spring is dining outdoors.  Everyone has finally come out of hibernation to feast on spring produce, like ramps and rhubarb.  While some restaurants have to make the best of  seating on highly trafficked sidewalks, others have the luxury of beautiful gardens or outdoor patios.  We’ve scouted out a few of the best places to linger over ramps, asparagus, and citrus. Locanda Verde Address: 377 Greenwich Street, at North Moore Phone: (212) 925-3797 This Tribeca Italian not only has fantastic food, but also a stunning outdoor garden & patio that nearly rival the piazzas of Italy.  If Andrew Carmellini and Karen DeMasco’s cooking are reason enough to visit, now you can enjoy the spring sunshine with a huckleberry bellini or a citronata cocktail made with aperol, lillet, and aranciata.   The menu features grilled Mediterranean...

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Revel’s Garden

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 in Al Fresco Dining, Best Of, Reviews

I’ll admit: The Meatpacking District has most recently evoked unfortunate memories of emasculated steaks at STK, inebriated hordes swarming Tenjune and many a wintry night battling for a taxi.  Revel has revived my hope for sanctuary in the midst of the madness.  Once known only as the “Bar With No Name”, this spot has recently gotten an actual name, a menu and a phone number to boot. Call me old-fashioned, but personally I’m partial to the reservation system and food.  A girl’s gotta eat.  Owner Paolo Secondo (Barolo & I Tre Merli) has implemented an international menu with delicate Mediterranean undertones.  With a backyard garden that seats 80 and dishes, the likes of spaghetti with lobster and bay scallops with chestnut honey & bacon, the Meatpacking District suddenly doesn’t seem so daunting.  That is, until you try to hail...

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