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Enjoy the Last Weeks of Patio Dining and Drinks in Brooklyn and Manhattan

Now that Hurricane Florence has finally passed and glorious weather is upon us, it’s time to dine outdoors again while the temperatures are still lovely. Here are some wonderful restaurants and bars with patios perfect for people-watching and soaking up the rays in these last few months before fall hits.

Brooklyn

Pig Beach, 480 Union St. Gowanus; www.pigbeachnyc.com

Pig Beach is the critically acclaimed outdoor barbecue restaurant located in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn from Chef Matt Abdoo (Del Posto) and award-winning barbecue teams, Salty Rinse and Ribdiculous Bar-B-Krewe. The all-star team here brings an eclectic barbecue-focused menu to the Gowanus waterfront showcasing barbecue varieties from around the United States. If you’re chilly, there’s also a large indoor space, now open year-round. Come here, first, for a canoe trip on the Gowanus – it’s an experience you’re unlikely to forget.

Gran Electrica, 5 Front St. DUMBO; http://granelectrica.com

Another Brooklyn favorite, Gran Electrica is the Bib Gourmand Mexican restaurant located underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO. Gran Electric offers an authentic and market-driven Mexican menu inspired by traditional Mexican street fare. From hand-pressed heirloom corn tortillas made daily stuffed with lengua, cilantro, onion and radish, to day boat scallops marinated in aguachile, the cooking shows diversity of the many regions of Mexico. The beverage program incorporates Mexican flavors with seasonal ingredients and also features an expansive agave list with more than 50 types of tequila, mezcal, racilla and sotol. The large outdoor area has a breathtaking view of the Brooklyn Bridge. To get here, rent a Citi Bike from Chinatown and bike over the Manhattan Bridge.

Sauvage, 905 Lorimer St, Greenpoint; www.sauvageny.com

Sauvage, meaning wild in French, is a neighborhood restaurant in Greenpoint, founded by the team behind James Beard Award-winning oyster bar and cocktail den Maison Premiere. The decor, cocktails, and wine all add to the restaurant’s distinct dining experience, creating an outdoor “natural” environment with a lush profusion of planted herbs and botanicals filling the restaurant. Facing nearby McCarren Park, the sun-filled restaurant has a lovely outdoor seating

Manhattan

The Smith Restaurant & Bar, Lincoln Square, Upper West Side; https://thesmithrestaurant.com

The Smith offers a wonderful choice for patio dining after an evening at any of the ballet, music and theater venues at Lincoln Center or Jazz at Lincoln Center on Columbus Circle. Under the direction of Executive Chef Brian Ellis, The Smith’s menu features bistro classics and seasonal fare from local farmers and purveyors. The restaurant has a popular craft cocktail program with house-made ingredients featured and an extensive wine selection which includes more than 20 wines by the glass or carafe.

Bowery Road & Library of Distilled Spirits, Union Square;

www.boweryroad.comwww.libraryofdistilledspirits.com

Taking its inspiration as well as ingredients from the nearby Union Square Greenmarket, Bowery Road is an all-day restaurant serving market-driven fare from Chef Ron Rosselli.  Some of the seasonal appetizers include pinto bean hummus with mole spice, seeds and flatbread; roasted carrots with pine nut cream and garlic-honey vinaigrette; marinated beet salad with avocado cream, pomelo, hearts of palm, and almond dukkah. Main courses mix vegetarian with meat-centric choices such as the Union Square Market grain bowl with farro, quinoa, lentils, avocado, broccoli, mushrooms, and sunflower; or Niman pork adobo with mango, radish, onion and corn crepes.

Together with adjacent craft-cocktail destination Library of Distilled Spirits, where more than 1200 different spirits are offered, Bowery Road gives a Manhattan sidewalk-patio dining experience that’s unusual in its spaciousness. Happy hour is popular here as a stop en route to the nearby subway hub, serving up a menu of well-priced cocktails, wines , beer and a shareable bucket and beer filled with fried chicken, two draught beers and snacks.

Vinatería, 2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem; www.vinaterianyc.com

At this beloved Harlem neighborhood restaurant, market-driven and vibrant dishes celebrate the rich culinary traditions of Italy and Spain. Cult favorites like spicy veal meatballs with creamy parmigiano polenta, or fresh rosemary pappardelle with lamb ragu attract a clientele of both locals and visitors. Vinateria’s expansive wine list is chosen from small producers and is full of surprising yet accessible finds, while the artisan cocktail program uses house-made tinctures, seasonal produce and fresh-grown herbs from the restaurant’s own garden. A large outside patio wraps around the restaurant (a corner building), seating 40.

Tavern on the Green, Outdoor Courtyard, Upper West Side; www.tavernonthegreen.com

Tavern on the Green’s outdoor courtyard is the perfect Central Park location for brunch, lunch, and dinner under the soft glow of string lights. Seasonal dishes from Chef Bill Peet include seared yellowfin tuna nicoise salad, miso marinated glazed marrow bone, wild mushroom toast on brioche, and smoked salmon tartine, with trout caviar. The bar at the top of the courtyard offers a separate setting for beer, wine, and cocktails such as white peach sangria, and the refreshing Hot as a Cucumber craft cocktail made with vodka, jalapeño, fennel, and cucumber. Enjoy a wonderful walk in the park to get here – the restaurant is located off Central Park West at West 67th Street or via the interior roadway encircling the park.

Get Ready for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic – May 17-21

manhattan cocktail classicThe Manhattan Cocktail Classic is back in its fifth year, uniting NYC’s boroughs in the name of great cocktails and culture from May 17-21. Last year’s Classic attracted more than 8,000 attendees, and this year’s nearly 100 events will once again bring delicious concoctions from around the world to the Big Apple.

Events during the five-day celebration are independently organized and held at unique venues, so you won’t have to travel far to imbibe. Take your pick of parties, tastings and tours at notable bars, restaurants, art galleries, museums, barber shops, theaters and libraries across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. This year’s 100+ events are selling out quickly, so check out these events and grab tickets before they’re gone. Tickets range from $25-$395; all event attendees must be 21 or older and prepared to present a valid photo ID.

The Gala: Friday, May 17 from 9:00pm-1:00am

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic kicks off opening night with this black-tie optional soiree, spanning four floors and over ten million cubic feet of space in The New York Public Library’s main branch. Last year, guests sipped more than 30,000 cocktails, courtesy of 150 of the world’s top mixologists. Get ready for more unlimited cocktails this year, and come hungry to enjoy delectable finger foods from meatball sliders to oysters and jumbo shrimp. Mingle with 3,000 fellow cocktail enthusiasts to the tunes of live jazz bands and DJs providing the evening’s entertainment. Buy tickets asap — the Gala will likely sell out soon.

Location:

The New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street,

Tickets:

Regular admission ($195) offers entry to the Gala at 10pm;

VIP Access ticket ($295) offers entry to the Gala at 9pm, plus a free ride to or from the NYPL for new users to Uber (up to $50 credit);

Uber VIP Package ($395) offers entry to the Gala at 9pm, plus a free ride to and from the NYPL courtesy of Uber (up to $100 credit), plus a three-day pass to the Industry Invitational, to be held at the Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel.

An Afternoon of Aperitivi: Saturday, May 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Relax for the afternoon as Joe Campanale, Executive Beverage Director at L’Apicio, and Adam Schuman, Spirits Portfolio Manager at Michael Skurnik Wines, introduce you to the world of aperitivi. You’ll learn the rich history of one of the original Italian vermouths, whose recipe dates back to the 1890s. As you learn about the evolving history of the Vermouth and its role in today’s cocktail culture, you’ll have the chance to taste the Vermouth on its own, followed by a few original cocktails paired with L’Apicio snacks.

Location:

L’Apicio, 13 East First Street (between Bowery and 2nd Avenue).

Tickets:

$50

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