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Brooklyn's Ten Best Spots to Dine Outdoors
Summer is approaching and it's time to enjoy the warm weather. If you want to soak in the rays while you dine on some of Brooklyn’s best eats or have a cocktail under the stars, these ten spots are sure to please. From artisanal Italian eats in a charming Carroll Gardens garden to drinking in the backyard at an eternally hip Williamsburg bar. Dine or drink al fresco at these scenic patios, gardens and rooftops. With views of the water to intimate garden spaces to dining from a taco truck at a quirky bar, you have many options for outdoor dining.
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Drink a Pimm's Cup in the shade at Huckleberry Bar's garden in Williamsburg. This neighborhood favorite is an all season destination, but the garden has serious appeal. For almost a decade, Huckleberry Bar has served "a refined list of seasonally-driven classic and original cocktails." Soak up your drinks with a focaccia grilled cheese or a baked mac and cheese. With a menu of stellar and well crafted comfort food, as well as a selection of wine and craft beers, this is a must-visit this summer. If you have a date in tow, the romantic garden is an ideal spot for your evening meal.
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L & B Spumoni Gardens
Go old school and order a square slice at L & B Spumoni Gardens in Bensonhurst. Save room for spumoni at this Brooklyn staple. The restaurant evokes feelings of authentic Brooklyn, and locals hang out on the red picnic benches chatting as they devour some of the best pizza in Brooklyn. This place is quite a trek from Manhattan and brownstone Brooklyn, but it's worth it. And remember, it's not far from Coney Island, if you'd like to pair a visit with a trip to the beach. If you're on the hunt for more pizza, here are some good artisanal pizza places around Brooklyn.
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Brooklyn Crab has the atmosphere of a seafood restaurant in New England, but it's located in Red Hook, an increasingly trendy industrial area of Brooklyn. Sit on the deck and enjoy the breeze and water views as you dine on fresh seafood. The menu at Brooklyn Crab has all the classics, from fish and chips to lobster rolls (and of course, they have crabs). If you’re looking for a good brew, they also have an extensive beer menu. After dinner, play a game of corn hole (bean bag toss) located near the entrance and then stroll over to the pier by Fairway Market and check out the views of the Statue of Liberty. Looking for more waterside eats, check out our list of Brooklyn's Best Waterfront Restaurants.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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This Carroll Gardens Italian restaurant is a year-round favorite, but it transforms into a magical spot in the summer months. Frankie's Sputino's garden is large yet intimate. Start your meal with a glass of wine and a chickpeas & guanciale crostini and don't forget to order the meatballs, at this laid back restaurant. Frankies only accepts reservations for parties of eight or more, and although the restaurant has a lot more seating in warmer months due to the outdoor space, this place attracts quite a crowd, so get there early.
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Wahlburgers rooftop restaurant (with table serve) does not disappoint. The ocean views coupled with the backdrop of Coney Island’s historic lively boardwalk and rides create a perennial laid back, fun, summertime atmosphere. However, beachgoers crowd this newcomer, so be prepared for a wait. Don't forget to order a frappe, which is what New England folks call a shake.
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Eat dinner from a Mexican Food truck at this quirky Bed Stuy restaurant run by the owners of Mayfield. Chilo's is the ideal causal spot to beat the heat with a frozen drink and a taco. You don't have to go on vacation to get a tropical cocktail, they have a menu of good drinks and fun eats. The informal atmosphere adds to kitsch of this fun spot in a part located in a stretch of Brooklyn that is getting hipper by the second.
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Enjoy a seasonal meal in the garden at Anella in Greenpoint. Enjoy lunch, brunch, dinner or a cocktail at this "Modern American" restaurant with a Mediterranean edge. Sip your wine and dine on Bucatini a la Carbonara with Pancetta, Poached Egg, Parmesan in their lush garden. Or wake up and soak in the sun as you indulge in a biscuit with homemade jam and a menu of brunch favorites.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Drink a beer or dine on the Morrissey (obviously this is a veggie sandwich) on the spacious patio at this popular Gowanus bar and restaurant. If you're on a budget, every Monday, Lavender Lake has an all day happy hour, where you can indulge with a $2 beer on their airy atmospheric deck. Lavender Lake projects films on the brick walls around the wooden deck. This place is a hipster haunt, so dress accordingly.
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Enjoy a game of bocce ball at Greenwood Park, an enormous outdoor beer garden housed in an old gas station and mechanic shop just a few blocks from the heart of Park Slope. With sixty beers on the menu including many local brews, a visit to Greenwood Park will satisfy any beer lover. Check out their events schedule for happy hour specials and themed evenings.
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The Farm at Adderley
Dine in the quaint backyard garden at Ditmas Park favorite, The Farm at Adderley. Start your afternoon, dining on french toast and iced coffees in their yard or relax with an evening cocktail and dinner at this restaurant that serves American fare. The Farm at Adderley is also a nice place to celebrate events, be sure to check their website to see if the garden is being used for a wedding or other life event. After you finish your tasty meal, stroll through the charming streets filled with old victorian homes.