Our 10 Best NYC Restaurants With Secret Gardens

Lauren Shockey
Who would have known this was hidden in the back of an East Village diner?

Eating in the great outdoors. Is there a greater pleasure in life? Quite frankly, no. And now that the weather has warmed, it's finally time for alfresco dining. New York surprisingly has many options, from sidewalk seating to rooftop decks. Yet often the hidden back gardens prove the most rewarding, like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow (but don't worry -- we still might cover the others in a 10 Best later this spring and summer). So without further ado, we present our 10 Best Restaurants With Secret Gardens.

10. Neptune: You would never have any clue that there's a calm shaded patio outside of this old-school East Village Eastern European diner, pictured above. The neighborhood is packed with plenty of pierogi-peddling restaurants, but this one has the best outdoor seating (sorry, Veselka). 194 First Avenue, 212-777-4163

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Lauren Shockey
B Bar and Grill's expansive outdoor patio

9. B Bar and Grill: OK, so this patio isn't 100 percent hidden, but if you entered at the 4th Street entrance, you might not realize just how expansive and lovely it is. The food at this American restaurant borders on boring, but the walled-in dining area dotted with potted plants really is enjoyable. Grab a glass of sangria or a burger and pretend this is your own backyard. Just one you happen to share with scores of others. 40 East 4th Street, 212-475-2220

8. Frankies 457: The cavatelli with sausage and brown butter sauce is tasty enough to put Frankies on any top-10 list, but what really sweetens the deal is the leafy outdoor garden, because nothing really pairs better with Italian food than the great outdoors. 457 Court Street, Brooklyn, 718-403-0033

7. Royale: One of the top Alphabet City burgers can be found at this tiny restaurant, and so can one of the best outdoor gardens. Grab a beer and a book, and you've got yourself a late afternoon of fun. Did someone say summer Fridays? 157 Avenue C, 212-254-6600.

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