New York For Outdoor Drinking

The 7 Hottest Spots In New York For Outdoor Dining & Drinking

It’s officially rooftop szn and New York outdoor drinking time, so everyone is scrambling for a spot outdoors that has at least one (but preferably all) of these three things: great food, groovy cocktails, and ‘gram potential. 

Fortunately for you, we’ve done the toughest job by seeking out the best (and newest) places with all of the above and listed them below! Here’s some brand spankin’ new outdoor hot sports for dining and drinking in New York.

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1. Last Light

The 11th floor of Bowery hotel Sister City is home to Last Light – a trendy bar and patio serving cocktails, wine, craft beer and shareable small plates from an impressive kitchen team. 

Take note: it’s first come, first served and they don’t take reservations but is a perfect after-work spot with great vibes and plenty of sunshine – at no extra cost! Well, you never know in NYC…

How could you say no to this view?

Last Light in New York
Image: @alwaters /Instagram

2. Montesacro

Montesacro, a pinseria Romana, opened its doors in Williamsburg in June and the raving reviews won’t stop. 

Their specialty is the pinsa – a modern take on the ancient flatbread and dayummm it’s good, especially when devoured with a cocktail in hand on their beautiful outdoor garden terrace. Check it out before word gets out! 

Montesacro Outdoor drinking in New York
Image: @montesacrobk/Instagram

3. Wayla

If Thai food and outdoor seating sounds like a match made in heaven, then you’re going to love Wayla on the Lower East Side. The main restaurant may be in a basement, but our heart lies with Wayla’s picturesque, fairy light-filled backyard. What Instagram story dreams are made of, really. 

If it’s not too sweaty out, opt for the curry of the day, the branzino or any of their delicious greenmarket-focused dishes.

As for cocktails, we adore the Sway Wayla refreshingly made with Brooklyn Gin, butterfly pea blossom, cucumber, lemon and shiso! We’re thirsty just thinking about it. 

Wayla in New York
Image: Wayla NYC

4. Bar Pisellino 

From the incredible team behind Via Carota (AKA some of the world’s best pasta purveyors) comes Bar Pisellino – a bar dedicated to the Italian art of drinking – yes, you read that right. 

We’re talking wine, spritz cocktails, and mixed drinks from a collection of amari and vermouth. Food offerings mostly consist of small Italian sharing plates, so you can focus on the drinks!

Bar Pisellino in New York
Image: Bar Pisellino

5. Summerly

So, this one’s not technically new BUT it did just reopen in May for summer 2019 and we have a severe soft spot for its rosy (or rosé) hues and dreamy cocktails. 

The crown jewel atop of The Hoxton Hotel, Summerly offers panoramic views of Williamsburg and Manhattan, beautiful New England-inspired seafood dishes and, um, lots of fun!

Summerly Outdoor in New York
Image: Summerly

6. Good Life BK

A self described “low key cocktail bar” and we love it. No frills or formalities here – just great drinks and even better people. 

Hot off the press (it only opened in June) Good Life is located in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn and has a cute AF patio featuring the funky paint colours of our dreams where cocktails just taste… better?

New York outdoor drinking
Image: Good Life BK

7. Gertie

Get ready to ‘gram because Gertie is our wildest dream come true and the perfect gathering spot in Williamsburg for a bitta New York outdoor drinking.

Whether you grab a table inside or out, the place is filled with the most beautiful light (on a good day) and pastel everything – from the mural to the fruity cocktails – and plenty of zesty character. 

New York outdoor bars
Image: im_tryingtoohard /Instgram

There you have it. So what are you waiting for? Go live your best outdoor life and next time check out these 7 unique brunch spots in New York.

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Alana Laverty
Alana Laverty

A journalist from Ireland, you'll find Alana hunting down the best soup dumplings in NYC or refusing to drink Aperol Spritz from anything smaller than a pint glass. Probably both.

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