When the weather turns warm in New York City, eating outside becomes a desired way of life. City residents are so desperate to escape indoor confines and bask in the summer’s heat that it’s easy to forget the cute little outdoor table you’re about to sit down at is actually on a major bus lane. So in attempt to pair both dining al fresco with city living, forgo the gross fumes thanks to a variety of rooftop dining locations. If you’re a Brooklyn lover, make plans to visit Juliette, where a hidden terrace provides a dinner experience under the city stars. With Mario Batali’s latest creation comes Birreria, a rooftop beer garden serving all Italian delicacies. Indulge in meats and cheeses from the various parts of the country, while sipping on a selection of beverages like Italian and American craft beers, plus three original cask beers brewed in house. When you’re in the mood for sushi in the summer, take off for the West Village, as Sushi Samba provides both the views and delicacies for an evening of dining under the stars. For a bit of culture, spend the afternoon checking out the Metropolitan Museum of Art and finish off the afternoon of art with a refreshing glass of vino and snacks on the museum’s rooftop, overlooking views of the Central Park.
Juliette; 135 North 5th St at Bedford
Birreria; 200 5th Avenue at 23rd Street
Roof Garden Cafe; Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Sushi Samba; 87 Seventh Avenue South at Barrow Street