Best-of Guides New York

NYC's Best Restaurant Patios

3 Restaurants
It's prime patio season in New York. The days are sunny and warm but not hot, with none of August's oppressing humidity. Here's where to eat a delicious meal on a peaceful back patio.
Updated on 18 September 2023
Ammazzacaffè
702 Grand St., 11211 New York
$$ · Italian

The well-edited menu spins to the season, but get nibbling on grilled pancetta spiedini, topped with a spicy aïoli and agro dolce. Follow this up with such light and simple pastas as garganelli tossed with a cream-kissed ragù Bolognese and Parmigiano—this is Italian cuisine in all its glory. The back patio isn't green—rough-hewn wooden tables on a stone floor, surrounded by brick walls—but the string lights and umbrellas make it inviting.

Olmsted
659 Vanderbilt Ave., 11238 New York
$$$$ · Contemporary

Forget farm to table; this kitchen is backyard to table thanks to a blooming and expanded vegetable and herb garden that doubles as patio seating.
Creativity is abundant, as seen in snap pea sushi, which subs out rice for raw peas; and lobster thermidor with meaty crackers alongside a frothy lobster-Gruyère dip. 

Popina
127 Columbia St., 11231 New York
$$ · Italian

This quaint and adorable nook has a casual back patio with big, tall trees and string lights. Italian leanings dominate most dishes turned out of the adept kitchen, including pappardelle floating in a parmesan broth with tender ham hock and collards, as well as hearty arancini finished with saffron honey.