These Are the Ten Best Restaurant Patios, Rooftops, and Outdoor Dining Experiences in NYC

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Sometimes our hunger can't be contained within mere brick and mortar, and so we set out in search of the city's many courtyards, patios, gardens, terraces, and rooftops, looking for a place to put food into our mouths while enjoying the weather. A fine time can be had outdoors, whether gazing out at a beautiful vista or eating within the confines of ivy-covered walls. Outdoor dining in New York adds its own intangible spice, even if one of those spices is occasionally exhaust fumes. Here are our favorite places to bask in the airy glow of a gorgeous day.

The Bahche

10. The Bahche, 191 7th Street, Brooklyn; 718-422-0801
A former warehouse in Gowanus sounds like a great place to host a Molly-fueled EDM festival, but this Mediterranean cafe with a well-appointed courtyard is a perfectly respectful tenant, and one whose food needn't be experienced while rolling. The abbreviated menu includes simple, fresh salads and panini, as well as shareable snacks like hummus, string bean, and eggplant meze.

Delaney Barbecue's SmokeLine

9. The High Line, closest to the 14th Street and 18th Street entrances on Tenth Avenue
Climb the High Line's stairs and watch out for double entendres: The west side attraction is basically one big elevated food tour, both in its offerings and its construct. Let Paul Grieco drop some sherry knowledge at Terroir, tuck into brisket at Delaney Barbecue's SmokeLine, and cool off with frozen treats from La Newyorkina, L'Arte del Gelato, Melt Bakery, and People's Pops.

via Yelp

8. Cafe Allegria, 547 St. Mark's Avenue, Brooklyn; 917-589-8418
If the outdoor seating area adjacent to this charming Crown Heights cafe feels like someone's backyard, that's because it is. The owners live upstairs, and inside, vintage design elements adorn a counter and kitchen area that still retain some residential charm. Bagels and croissants are made in-house, and coffee's served strong.

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