By Ali DiEmidio
When I wake up on the weekends to a beautiful New York City day, al fresco dining is the first thing on my mind! As an outdoor dining enthusiast and a downtown dweller, here (in no particular order) are my top five restaurant picks for summertime snacking.
Not only is the food amazing but when the weather is nice, they open up the entire front wall of the restaurant and the tables spill out onto the sidewalk. (It’s also a great people-watching spot!). 211 Waverly Place and Perry Street, 212.627.7575
While this café is legendary for its music nights, their pink frozen margaritas are a favorite for daytime and what keep me coming back. 94 Avenue A and 6th Street, 212.253.8080
What’s better in the summer than fresh, locally grown food? A hidden outdoor patio of course and it just so happens that Blue Hill’s got both! 75 Washington Place b/w Sixth Avenue and MacDougal Street, 212.539.1776
Dining in Brooklyn? Two of my favorites are Dumont for some serious American food (432 Union Avenue, 718.486.7717) and Aurora for classic Italian (70 Grand Street, 718.388.5100) both in Williamsburg: great food and amazing garden seating!