NYC's Best Restaurants for Al Fresco Dining

Whether you prefer the sun or shade, dining al fresco is the best way to enjoy summertime in New York City. This season, cool down on the patio with refreshing margaritas at La Fonda del Sol in midtown or build your own epic ice cream sundaes beneath the iconic Prometheus fountain at the Summer Garden & Bar at Rockefeller Center. Patina Restaurant Group has a diverse selection of outdoor bars and restaurants with great views perfect for your summer vibe.

Frozen rosé drink served at Rock Center Café in NYC

20 W 50th St, New York, NY 10020

With over 7,200 square feet of gorgeous outdoor space, Rock Center Café’s Summer Garden & Bar is a rare oasis in the center of Midtown Manhattan. Treat yourself to a frosé (yes, that's frozen rosé!) cocktail while soaking up the sun in the middle of Rockefeller Center.

Seared tuna with a glass of white wine served outdoors at The Sea Grill in NYC

19 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

The Sea Grill is the NYC insiders' destination for the finest seafood in the city at one of the world’s most iconic landmark locations. Enjoy impeccably-sourced seafood and perfectly chilled wine on a stunning outdoor patio overlooking the famed Prometheus statue.

Al fresco dining at Lincoln Ristorante in NYC

Lincoln Center, 142 West 65th St, NY, 10023

At Lincoln Ristorante, we offer Chef Shea Gallante’s modern interpretation of Italian cuisine alongside exquisite views of Lincoln Center’s reflecting pool and Henry Moore sculpture. The peaceful outdoor terrazza offers one of the finest al fresco dining experiences on the Upper West Side.

Oysters served outdoors in NYC

9 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001

Voted "one of the Top 10 best steakhouses in New York City," Nick + Stef's is a masterful blend of ultra-stylish contemporary design and time-honored steakhouse artistry. From the outdoor patio, experience dazzling city views of the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden.

Patio dining at Naples 45 Ristorante e Pizzeria in midtown New York City

200 Park Ave, New York, NY 10166

A pizzeria and Italian restaurant next to Grand Central Terminal, Naples 45 offers a selection of salads, pastas and grilled Italian entrees. Al fresco seating is also available; it’s the perfect dining destination to enjoy a cold Peroni and a signature pizza.

View of table and wine rack inside La Fonda del Sol at the MetLife Building in midtown NYC

200 Park Ave, New York, NY 10166

Indulge in vibrant Spanish cuisine and an expansive selection of tapas on La Fonda del Sol’s lively patio. A modern reincarnation of the iconic 1960s restaurant, we are conveniently located just steps away from Grand Central Terminal, in the landmark MetLife Building.

Dining area inside Cafe Centro at MetLife Building in midtown New York City

200 Park Ave, New York, NY 10166

Just steps from Grand Central Terminal, Cafe Centro offers a convenient al fresco dining space, serving sophisticated French favorites with a Mediterranean twist.

Dining area inside State grill and bar at the Empire State Building in New York City

200 Park Ave, New York, NY 10166

Kick back with a burger and a beer or challenge your friends to a game of cornhole and experience some of the best people-watching in midtown.