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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in New York City

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining in New York City? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Reunion restaurant
4.8 (65)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Reunion is a Love Letter to Tel Aviv.

Let us take you through the streets of Tel Aviv. Feel the crowded markets, meet the warm people and of course taste the flavors . We invite you to join us in a journey to a city we love and, without leaving Brooklyn.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Great food with great service. We are outside and asked to turn the e music down and dealt with some hungry mosquitoes. But well worth it. We’ll be back soon.
A photo of Recette restaurant
4.7 (68)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Recette is a lively restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We use the best ingredients and provide a great atmosphere.
Top review
Dined 7 days ago
In the neighborhood off the beaten path. Food is very good.
A photo of Route 66 Bar & Grill restaurant
4.7 (40)
$30 and under
Hell's Kitchen
About the restaurant
Located near theater district and Lincoln Center, on 9th Ave. between 55th and 56th St., we offer breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, and full bar with bar menu.
Top review
Dined on May 28, 2024
Another exceptional dinner at Route 66.....Truly cannot beat the location, food, drinks, prices, ambiance and especially the service which is absolutely fantastic!!! If you go for Happy Hour the deals are amazing for the area and the portion sizes are incredible. All the salads, burgers, sandwiches are DELICIOUS!!! My mouth is watering thinking about that menu.
A photo of Bar Primi Penn District restaurant
4.7 (13)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Bar Primi is a pasta shop devoted to ‘primi piatti,’ the pasta course. What began as an idea for a small space in New York’s East Village has since become a downtown New York staple, housed on the Bowery for the last ten years. With this second location in Penn District, chef-partner Andrew Carmellini will carry on his same tried and true methods of making fresh pasta traditionally prepared and cooked to order, using a variety of non-GMO semolina and specialty ‘00’ flours, organic eggs and family recipes. Italian wines are offered by the glass and by the bottle. A playful list of signature cocktails, which includes the original Frosé, aperitivi, a robust beer list, amari and coffee by La Colombe are also features.
Top review
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
We both had pasta, the bolognese and pesto. Pasta was fresh and delicious.
A photo of Momoya Soho restaurant
4.6 (20)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
You won’t want to miss the two-level Soho outpost of this popular Upper West Side and Chelsea Japanese restaurant — with a 12-seat sushi bar, cocktails on the ground floor, and a plush dining room overlooking St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral upstairs. The fish and shellfish selection is unusually large, the kaiseki menu is imaginative, and the kitchen turns out everything from miso black cod to crispy duck.
Top review
Dined on May 31, 2024
Love dining outdoors here. The sushi is exceptional
A photo of Locanda Verde restaurant
4.5 (2488)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Locanda Verde is a casual, bustling neighborhood Italian taverna located in Robert De Niro's TriBeCa hotel, The Greenwich. The airy, light-flooded space is open morning, noon and night serving award-winning Chef Andrew Carmellini's inspired urban Italian cooking with home-style desserts and an all-day bakery counter by Pastry Chef Deborah Racicot.
Top review
Dined on May 26, 2024
The host and wait staff were outstanding. All dishes were good. Sadly my pasta dish had no flavor but the pasta was fresh tasting and done to al dente perfection.
A photo of Argo Tribeca restaurant
4.5 (37)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
If jetting off to the Mediterranean coast for dinner isn’t in your budget, dining inside this new Tribeca dining room could top your list of places to try instead. The menu is Greek-leaning with a modern spin. Always mindful of buying local and seasonal, ingredients are sourced responsibly from local farmers.
Top review
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
The moussaka was fabulous. Definitely a gem we will return to .
A photo of ART SoHo restaurant
4.4 (344)
$50 and over
Cocktail Bar
About the restaurant
A.R.T. SoHo is a cocktail lounge located on the rooftop of Arlo SoHo. A.R.T. SoHo with its sweeping views of the city and river is a place for guests to enjoy inventive cocktails including frozen drinks, beer & wine, with a menu of finger foods. A.R.T. SoHo invites DJs from all over the world to spin and creates a great place to party the night away with friends. After undergoing a full renovation at the beginning of 2023, A.R.T SoHo is more perfect then ever for large groups, corporate gatherings, and more, A.R.T. SoHo is your destination to celebrate the Art in our world.

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**For private events please contact eventsoho@arlohotels.com
***ART SoHo does not guarantee tables in specific spaces. Guest will be seated accordingly and we accommodate as much as possible.
****All tables are subject to the allotted turn times. Guests arriving late will have less time to enjoy their stay with us. Please arrive on-time!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Great atmosphere the hostess and wait staff were all amazing. Fun drinks great rooftop great music! We did not get food but all the food we saw looked yum.
A photo of BONSAII Tapas & Wine Bar restaurant
4.4 (25)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Midtown East
About the restaurant
Inspired by the Japanese Bonsai Tree which is a miniature tree cultivated to resemble nature in a modest space and nurtured with artistic interaction, Bonsaii Tapas & Wine Bar is the ultimate representation of its namesake.
Our cuisine is inspired in International tapas, where everybody will feel welcomed and find something of their taste, putting spin on classic dishes and bringing creative new ones. Our "Secret Garden" is the perfect hidden gem in Midtown East for finding calm in the stress and noise from the city , located walking distance to Central Park and Bloomingdale's and in between some of the most popular avenues (Lexington Ave and Park Ave).
Top review
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Loved the tapas, v tasty and freshly prepared. HOWEVER the dessert was vvvv disappointing I would guess that desserts are not made in house. Left a sour taste in an otherwise great food experience.
A photo of Cilantro restaurant
4.3 (9)
$31 to $50
Upper West Side
About the restaurant
Cilantro, located in New York City's Upper West Side, serves authentic Mexican and Southwestern American cuisine in a casual, upbeat atmosphere. Each meal is made with bold flavors and fresh ingredients to ensure an enjoyable experience. Cilantro has a full bar which features specialty cocktails as well as many varieties of tequila.

Start out your meal with one of Cilantro's appetizers to share like the guacamole or the nachos. Choose from menu items like fajitas, tacos, burritos, enchiladas and more. The menu includes plenty of vegetarian options as well as gluten-sensitive options so that everyone in the group can find something to enjoy regardless of dietary restrictions.
Top review
Dined on May 17, 2024
Went to lunch with the boys and had a great time ,will definitely be going back
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