One of the best parts about living in New York City is that some of the best times happen outside of your apartment. The last thing anyone wants to do (myself included) is turn my stove or oven on to cook when it’s already 90 degrees in the kitchen. Unless you’re looking to really get your sweat on, you’re probably looking for some great places to get a bite to eat, or a cool spot to get your sip on.

There is certainly no shortage of restaurants and bars in NYC, but restaurants and bars that are outside? They can be tricky to find! Plus, a lot of the rooftop bars and restaurants can have crazy guest lists and people you’d rather not surround yourself with. So here are my picks for the 7 BEST places to eat and drink outdoors!


Frying Pan - New York, NY, United States. beautiful view


The Frying Pan: This Chelsea hot spot is literally on a boat. Known for being a great spot for the singles scene, The Frying Pan has become a sort of rite-of-passage for Manhattan’s post-grad habitants. Check it out at Pier 66 Maritime, W 26th


Roberta's - Brooklyn, NY, United States. Patio interior


Robertas: Well worth the trip into Brooklyn, this pizza place is spot-on when it comes to great food and a relaxed outdoor hang spot. Their funky outdoor bar and patio is right next to a garden where the restaurant grows its own herbs and vegetables! PS This is where Marnie and Charlie got back together on HBO’s hit series, Located at 261 Moore Street, Bushwick.


The Cannibal - New York, NY, United States. Outside space is beautiful, and the awning makes it perfect no matter what the weather!


The Cannibal: Part butcher shop, part bar, part beer store this meat-centric restaurant is top notch. This is a great place for a night out with friends who love meat as much as you do. Located at 113 E 29th


Jones Wood Foundry - New York, NY, United States


Jones Wood Foundry: An Upper East Side English gastropub with an outdoor space fit for a garden party. Try their cocktails paired with their amazing British food. Whether you’re a native Upper East Sider or are just visiting for a few hours, be sure to check this place out! Located at 402 E 76th


Maison Premiere - Brooklyn, NY, United States. Beautiful patio in the back


Maison Premiere: A gorgeous cocktail bar inspired by historic New Orleans… Be sure to order a dozen oysters and a Sazerac. Go during happy hour for dollar oysters! The gorgeous garden out back is perfect for a solo meal with a book, or a romantic date night. Located at 298 Bedford Ave in Williamsburg.


The Biergarten at The Standard, High Line - New York, NY, United States


The Biergarten at The Standard: Huge open-air bar beneath the High Line with communal tables (and ping pong!) This is the perfect spot to hit after perusing through the Chelsea galleries or walking along the High Line. Located at 848 Washington Street.


Walking The High Line is pretty great. Walking


The High Line: Enter between Little West 12th and West 18th Street on the High Line for an outdoor food court featuring artisan food vendors. This is a great place to go if you have people visiting, or if you’re looking to spend an afternoon eating your way through the best food NYC has to offer!

With these awesome places to go you’ll have no shortage of places to get outside in NYC! For more awesome things to do outside in NYC, check out our blog posts from a few weeks ago Summer in New York City and Getting Outside in New York City this Summer! If you’re looking to make the move to NYC, no worries we got you! We have the BEST NYC rentals in the most amazing neighborhoods. From multi-bedroom shares in Greenwich Village to a chic studio on the Upper East Side, No Fee Rentals has it all. Contact us today to find the apartment of your dreams!


Until Next Time!