Dining Out(side)


Chances are you’ll be dining out at some point this long weekend, in between barbecues and lazy trips to the park (at least in an ideal version of Brooklyn where none of us work on the weekends). Since summer weather is here in full force we’ve put together this companion piece to our earlier outdoor drinking post. These are some of our favorite places to eat out(side) around town, and a few we’re looking forward to. Add yours in the comments below.


Bay Ridge
HOM: The front space is a tchotchke store selling candles and potpourri, but the weekend brunch is yummy and the backyard is decorated with New Orleans-inspired iron terraces and colorful fabric billowing in the breeze. Try the white sangria or one of the many iced teas. 8806 3rd Ave., 718-238-4466

Saraghina: Odds and ends, tables and chairs under what feels like a a giant arbor, with amazing pizza and a simple but elegant wine list–definitely a date place. 435 Halsey, 718-574-0010

Carroll Gardens
Frankies Spuntino: (pictured below) One of the most romantic seats outside. Wooden tables dot the gravel and stone covered backyard under strings of twinkling Edison bulbs. 457 Court St., 718-403-0033

Enoteca on Court: The interior is a little Euro-trashy, but the back feels like a hidden Italian courtyard, complete with vines and a stone fountain. Try the arugula and prosciutto pizza and a flight of wine. 347 Court St., 718-243-1000

Cobble Hill
Robin des Bois: Where the interior is dark and crowded with eclectic antique decor, the pebbled backyard is bright, lush and cool. 95 Smith St., 718-596-1609

Ditmas Park
The Farm on Adderly: A beautiful, green backyard with trees for shade during the daytime and candlelight at night. Great food, too. 1108 Cortelyou Rd., 718-287-3101

Fort Greene:
Choice Greene:
This neighborhood specialty shop has spiffed up the backyard, installed a plancha, and will hold communal dinners throughout the summer for around $30-40, BYOB. 214 Greene Ave., 718-230-1243

Anella: Cozy little back patio with flowers, herbs and other garden greenery. The menu has a nice variety of causal pizzas and burgers, as well as fancier entrees. 222 Franklin St., 718-389-8100

Papacitos: Big sideyard with picnic tables and an outdoor bar. They got a full liquor license this winter so now you can enjoy a margarita with your fish tacos. 999 Manhattan Ave., 718-349-7292

Park Slope/Prospect Heights
Flatbush Farm & Barn: You’ll always be able to find a table in this GIANT, tree-canopied backyard. There are big picnic tables for larger groups, and tables for two for a more intimate meal. 76 St. Marks Ave., 718-622-3276

Get Fresh Table and Market: Like sitting in someone’s home vegetable garden. Gaze upon growing herbs as you dig into market-fresh fare. 370 5th Ave., 718-360-8469

Brooklyn Fish Camp: A cute, white-walled back patio for when that white wine-oyster craving hits. 162 Fifth Ave., 718-783-3264

Red Hook
Three spots have that charming, tucked-away vibe you traveled so far for: The Good Fork, Home/Made, and Rocky Sullivan’s, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights when they serve pound and a half Red Hook Lobsters with sides for $25. Alma, on Columbia St., has nice rooftop views, but it ain’t cheap.

Sheepshead Bay
Clemente’s Crab House
: Ok, we haven’t actually made it down here (next Zipcar rental!) but there’s a massive patio on a marina and all-you-can-eat crabs with corn on the cob and fixings will run you $29.95. Sold! 3939 Emmons Ave., 718-646-7373

Aurora: One of the many Italian restaurants and pizzerias (Acqua Santa, Baci & Abbracci, Fornino) in this nabe with a sweet outdoor space; this one, in the shadow of an ivy-covered wall, is particularly lush. 70 Grand St., 718-388-5100

The Commodore: So Commodore chef Stephen Tanner was one of the original masterminds behind Pies ‘n’ Thighs and spent time in the kitchen at Marlow and Sons and Egg as well. Order a Hot Breast sandwich and a green salad and head back, through the kitchen, to the scruffy-charming backyard deck to wash down your vittles with a Schaefer, Schlitz or a High Life.  366 Metropolitian Ave., 718-218-7632

DuMont: Recipe for a fabulous night out: great specials and standards, and an outdoor bar built into a beautiful deck. 432 Union Ave., 718-486-7717

Juliette: Glorious rooftop. Bring a date, order the mussels and a bottle of rose, and pretend that Williamsburg is Paris. 135 North 5th St., 718-388-9222

Rockin’ Raw: What the interior of this raw and vegan restaurant lacks in the ambiance department, the gorgeous backyard makes up for in spades. 178 North 8th St., 718-599-9333

Sweetwater Tavern: Solid food and a lovely, elevated deck out back, but it fills up quickly. 105 North 6th St., 718-963-0608


Boerum Hill/Cobble Hill
Bar Tabac: (pictured above) Quintessential French bistro with ample room for Smith Street people watching. 128 Smith St., 718-923-0128

Watty & Meg: A sweet, tree-lined corner to snag a super deal–the grass-fed burger & beer special on Mondays is just $10. 248 Court St., 718-643-0007

Ft. Greene/Clinton Hill
Habana Outpost: Grilled corn and tasty tacos, margaritas and mojitos, and a prime corner lot that is always hopping. Habana Outpost, 757 Fulton St., 718-858-9500

Hot Bird: Hit up Hot Bird mid-June–that’s when Alan Harding predicts that his Hot Bird truck–serving burgers, sausages and tacos, but weirdly, no hot birds–should be in full swing on the patio of this new service station-turned-bar. 546 Clinton Ave., 718-230-5800

DeKalb Ave.: This block is like one long, outdoor food court. Madiba, Sushi D, Chez Oskar, Roman’s, Der Schwarze Kolner, and Poppa’s Place all offer a sidewalk spot (some nicer than others).

Five Leaves: A quaint sidewalk corner with a boisterous vibe and stiff drinks. Pairs well with a late night, fried egg, pineapple, and beet-topped burger. 18 Bedford Ave., 718-383-5345

Park Slope/Prospect Heights
‘Snice: Good sandwiches, salads and casual fare (lots of vegan and veggie choices); the real jam is people watching from the sidewalk patio. 315 5th Ave., 718-788-2121

The Vanderbilt: A wide swath of sidewalk, spicy bloody marys, and delicious Rosti potatoes (super crisp, Swiss hashbrowns) equals a perfect al fresco brunch. 570 Vanderbilt Ave., 718-623-0570

: Opened by Bonita alums, Carino has deliciously similar menu and a few, highly coveted sidewalk tables. 82 South 4th St., 718-384-8282

Diner and Marlow & Sons: Excellent seasonal food and creative cocktails. Who cares if there’s nary a tree near you? Diner, 85 Broadway, 718-486-3077; Marlow & Sons, 81 Broadway, 718-384-1441

Fatty ‘Cue: A handful of tables are wedged into the area next to the restaurant–essentially the alleyway. Watch pitmaster Robbie Richter work the smoker as you enjoy the ‘Cue’s insanely delicious spices. 91 South 6th St., 718-599-3090

Sent by Annaliese and Nicole, with many writeups from Eat It, too. Photos by Liz Vidyarthi.

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