As New York Restaurants Begin To Reopen, Here’s A Few Spots That Are Ready To Serve!

We’ve finally arrived! New Yorkers can rejoice and raise a glass to toast phase two at these restaurants around town with gorgeous al fresco seating options…

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Loulou (176 8th Avenue) in Chelsea has 15 tables available for dining al fresco. Menu items from Executive Chef Jarett Brodie include the Loulou Burger made with grass-fed beef, clothbound cheddar and caramelized onions, Duck Leg Confit with apple rosemary puree and gala chutney, and Steak Frites featuring a 7oz skirt steak and béarnaise. That’s in addition to craft cocktails, wine and beer.

Nerai (55 E. 54th Street) has 8 coveted seats outdoors for lunch and dinner beginning at 11:30am and an expansive new courtyard opening on Monday, June 29th. Indulge in dishes from Executive Chef Moshe Grundman like Shrimp Mikrolimano with tiger shrimp in a tomato ragu, Lavraki, Short Rib Yiouvetsi and Seafood Orzotto with octopus, shrimp and mussels. Additionally, wine, beer and other beverages will be served.

Beyond Sushi has 8 tables at their Upper East Side (1429 3rd. Ave) location, 3 tables at their 62 W. 56th location, 6 tables at their Nolita location (215 Mulberry) and 9 tables at their Union Square (229 E. 14th St.) location. Dine al fresco on Executive Chef Guy Vaknin’s signature vegan and kosher specialties including his vegan take on a spicy tuna roll with the Spicy Mang, in addition to the Mighty Mushroom, Sweet Tree Roll, Sunny Side Roll, Pickle Me Roll and Smoky Jack Roll. They also go far Beyond Sushi with dishes like their Fun-Guy Dumplings, Chipotle Seitan skewers and the Nutty Buddy Rice Paper Wrap. The tables are offered first come first served.

Fornino at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park has outdoor seating for 100 available to take in the sunshine and chef and owner Michael Ayoub’s wood-fired pizzas, salads and sandwiches and alcoholic beverages. Fornino’s rooftop happy hour is Monday – Friday from 4pm – 7pm with $5 beer, $8 wine and a $10 daily drink special. Fornino also has 24 seats in their backyard at their Greenpoint location (849 Manhattan Avenue).  Reserve your spot by visiting

Ainslie (76 Ainslie St.) in Williamsburg will open a new rooftop with 26 seats in addition to having 36 seats on the sidewalk and 50 seats in their garden. Ainslie’s Executive Chef John DeLucie and lead pizzaiolo Erasmo ‘Mino’ Lassandro offer a tasty menu of wood-fired pizzas, pastas, free range chicken, NY Strip Steak, Atlantic Salmon and Wood Fired Rosemary Wings.  The restaurant, wine bar and beer garden also has an extensive alcoholic beverage menu. They’re also kicking off an All You Can Drink Brunch beginning this coming Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 4pm.

Guyer’s (286 Columbus Ave) on the Upper West Side is open with 8 outdoor tables and a 28 person capacity. The wine bar and restaurant is owned and operated by actress and model Cindy Guyer who brought in Executive Chef Alex Diaz to create a menu of small plates with a southern twist. The menu includes options such as pizza with toppings like filet mignon or truffles; mini burgers; and tuna tartare. Guyer’s is open 5pm-9pm Monday-Thursday and Friday-Sunday 3pm-11pm.

The Ten Hope Outdoor Garden (10 Hope Street) in Williamsburg is officially open for the first time just in time to celebrate phase two. The 2,500 square-foot vine-laced open-air patio has ample socially distanced seating in a green environment with fresh air, fresh food and with an entry direct from the street. Summertime day and night dishes from Executive Chef Travis McGinty include Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche, Burrata Salad, Chicken Under a Brick with spicy green ramp, shallot, fava bean, baby corn, butternut squash ribbons and ramp ends and Shakshuka Flatbread with baked coddled eggs, shakshuka sauce, feta and herbs for brunch.  There are also offering frozen cocktails, a spiked spritz menu, in addition to hard seltzer, beer and wine by the glass and bottle. The Ten Hope Outdoor Garden is open Tuesdays – Fridays from 5pm – 11pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm – 11pm.

Opening Thursday, June 25th

Hole in the Wall in Murray Hill (626 1st Avenue) and FiDi (15 Cliff Street) will be open to outdoor diners Thursday – Sunday from 3pm to 8pm, reservations can be made through Yelp. Signature dishes from Executive Chef Brent Hudson include a Chili Scramble, Avocado Toast or a Breaky Roll with applewood smoked bacon, chorizo pate, folded eggs, chimichurri and mayo on a milk bun with tots on the side. You can also enjoy the Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich with crispy chicken, nashville hot spices, lettuce, deli pickles, and spicy mayo on a milk bun with tater tots, the Smoked Salmon Salad with avocado, tomato, baby kale, lemon and chili, and Crispy Pork Belly with sticky glaze, chili, fried shallots and lime. Sip on a Jalapeno Bloody Mary, a Blood Orange Negroni with gin, Campari, sweet vermouth, and blood orange, an Aperol Spritz or a Mimosa anytime of day. Hole in the Wall’s Murray Hill location will have 15 tables and FiDi will have 10. To keep everyone safe, the entire staff will be wearing PPE, and customers will be asked to wear masks when they leave their table. There will be multiple hand sanitizing stations, and a designated staff member will be sanitizing surfaces before and after customer use. There will be a limited group size of 6 per table, tables will be a minimum of 6 feet apart, and cashless and contactless payment will be available as well. To further ease worry, the staff will be temperature tested before and after their shifts.

Opening Friday, June 26th

Brooklyn Chop House (150 Nassau Street) in FiDi will have over 50 seats for sidewalk dining steps away from the Brooklyn Bridge. Patrons can make a reservation by visiting OpenTable and seating will be offered Monday – Sunday from 12pm – Midnight. Indulge in everything from seafood and noodles, to 30 – 35 day dry-aged Prime Steaks and Double Thick Cut Chops. Splurge on 32oz Dry-Aged Bone in Tomahawk and a 48oz Dry-Aged Porterhouse for two and Salt & Pepper Lobster Tails. Other dishes include Spicy Kung Pao Chicken, Rock Shrimp Tempura, and Colorado Lamb Chops. Enjoy their delicious cocktails as well which include frozen Lychee Martinis.

Clinton Hall has outdoor seating available at their FiDi (90 Washington St.) location available from 4pm – 10pm on the weekdays and and 12pm – 10pm on the weekends. Enjoy great Supercraft beer and delicious food from Executive Chef Darryl Harmon like his signature Double Smashed Burger, Buffalo Cauliflower and more.

Opening Wednesday, July 1st

Haven Rooftop high above the Sanctuary Hotel (132 W. 47th Street) will be ready for diners to escape to beginning on Wednesday, July 1st. Haven offers delicious food and craft cocktails. Favorites include sliders, tuna tartare, and Buffalo wings, Branzino and Steak Au Poivre with peppercorn sauce. Pair that with a Cloudtini or summer sangria for a truly elevated experience.


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