Dining outdoors is one of the greatest pleasures of the season. While summer may be coming to a close, the start of autumn offers big advantages when it comes to al fresco dining. Refreshing breezes and cooler temperatures means you can stay comfortable while dining outside for longer periods of time. Just remember to bring a light jacket and a pair of sunglasses to soak up the precious rays of autumn sunshine.
Seamore’s, Brookfield Place
Take a leisurely stroll to Seamore’s seafood destination at Brookfield Place, located just a fourteen minute walk from The Wagner. Grab a seat in their delightful front patio decorated with striped beach umbrellas and string lights. Order a cocktail from the playful 1965 Airstream Trailer turned cocktail bar, or indulge in their $2 oyster specials during Happy Hour, served Monday through Friday from 3-6pm.
Adrienne’s Pizzabar, Financial District
Another option located stepping stones from The Wagner, Adrienne’s Pizzabar serves old-fashioned stone pies in the heart of the Financial District. Adrienne’s outdoor seating provides a front row view of the historic and vibrant neighborhood. Take a seat on the cobblestones of Stone Street and order the “Grandma style” old-fashioned square pizzas. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.
Wayla, Lower East Side
The Lower East Side isn’t known for its outdoor dining, which makes Wayla’s garden back patio all the more special. With its coveted homestyle Thai food and picture-perfect patio complete with string lights, lush plants and modern decor, you’ll want to make a reservation in order to snag a table at this desirable spot. But be prepared that even with a reservation you may have to wait for a table, but the idyllic setting and finger-licking food will make it worth your while.
Pilot, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Put on your deck shoes and nautical stripes and prepare for an unforgettable experience aboard Pilot’s seasonal oyster bar. This floating restaurant is a rare surviving “Grand Banks” style schooner. Built in 1924, Pilot was the longest serving pilot ship in American history, making it an eligible candidate for the National Register of Historic Places. Today, you can board Pilot as a diner, enjoying its unbeatable views of the bay while feasting on oysters and crab claws and sipping a specialty Mariner cocktail–made with gin, St. Germain, absinthe and lime.
Maman’s is the answer to every outdoor diner’s breakfast dreams. The peaceful patio hidden at the back of this popular French bakery is the ultimate respite from busy city life. Grab an iced matcha or honey lavender latte to accompany your french pastry or heartier mediterranean breakfast plate while you bask in the patio’s quaint surroundings.