Temperatures are rising, which means it’s time to dine alfresco



With warm and sunny weather finally here, it’s time to start swapping our hot coffees for iced, bulky down parkas for sleek trenches, and sensible winter boots for brogues. Spring is also the season for outdoor dining, and in New York, there are endless alfresco brunch, lunch, and dinner options from which to choose. Here, we’ve narrowed down the pack to seven of our favorite restaurant gardens, terraces, and scenic rooftops.

Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room

For unparalleled skyline views to complement high-quality cocktails and small plates, head to the posh Bar SixtyFive, located on the 65th floor of 30 Rock. The highest outdoor terrace bar in the city, this midtown haunt offers 30-mile views to the north, west, and south. 30 Rockefeller Plaza;rockefellercenter.com

Crown Victoria

Rustic Brooklyn hangout Crown Victoria is a prime spot for casual drinks, dinner, or weekend brunch in Williamsburg. Featuring two spacious patios—one in front of the restaurant and one in the back—this low-key locale is ideal for large groups. 60 South 2nd Street, Brooklyn; crownvicbar.com

Gallow Green

On the rooftop of the Chelsea warehouse known as the McKittrick Hotel—home of the immersive, Macbeth-inspired performance Sleep No More—is one of the city’s most enchanting outdoor dining destinations. Taking its aesthetic cues from the play’s 1930s setting, this lush garden, bar, and eatery features romantic string lights, a brass band, rustic wood tables, and a spectacular panoramic city view. 542 West 27th Street; mckittrickhotel.com

Photo: Quentin Bacon/Courtesy of Aretsky’s Patroon

Rooftop Bar at Aretsky’s Patroon

Located on the third floor of the townhouse-turned-restaurant Aretsky’s Patroon is a sleek outdoor bar serving lunch, cocktails, and light bites. A charming oasis in midtown, Aretsky’s is a great spot for after-work drinks or corporate events. 160 East 46th Street; aretskyspatroon.com

Photo: Courtesy of the Kimberly

Upstairs at the Kimberly

Truffle mac and cheese with a view? Sign us up! Open year-round, the rooftop bar of midtown’s Kimberly Hotel offers 360-degree views of the city, along with a menu of signature cocktails and small plates that include Kobe beef sliders, spiced duck cigars, and, of course, the aforementioned truffle mac. 145 East 50th Street; upstairsnyc.com