Eternal optimism is not trait often attributed to New Yorkers, but the fact that most restaurants decided it was spring as soon as the temperature approached 50 means that hopes are high all around right now. Whether or not it's here to stay, it's 60 degrees out now, so it's high time to take advantage of the city's wealth of al fresco options:
Gemma is the restaurant equivalent of a groundhog, so the fact that they just opened up outdoor seating means that spring has officially arrived to New York.
@EaterNY @GemmaTrattoria's #alfrescoNYC means Spring has sprung http://t.co/KkA4j2iRKj pic.twitter.com/QFrilPYPyV— Kara Elizabeth Olsen (@2ndbananaKARA) March 11, 2015
John McDonald and Josh Capon's Mexican spot El Toro Blanco is now slinging guac outdoors along 6th Avenue.
The Chester's got the Meatpacking covered with a wraparound patio.
Be sure to checkout #Meatpacking 's wrap around patio & midtown's terrace this #spring! #AlFrescoNYC @EaternY pic.twitter.com/ha4bevqbiH— The Chester (@TheChesterNYC) March 9, 2015
Baker & Co.'s roof-less outdoor seating is open in the West Village.
Time for this again #lunch #AlFrescoNYC #outdoor #nycLUNCH pic.twitter.com/0HK2NPLax5— Baker & Co. NY (@BakerandcoNY) March 10, 2015
For those that want to tiptoe into the al fresco arena, there's Ainsworth Park.
Who else is ready for #spring and #AlFrescoNYC Brunch? @EaternY pic.twitter.com/wF0ZSiBSbT— Ainsworth Park (@AinsworthPark) March 9, 2015
Does the retractable roof at the Refinery Hotel count as outdoor seating? Sort of.
.@EaterNY #alfrescoNYC #retractableroof pic.twitter.com/mV5mauffo4— Refinery Rooftop NYC (@RefineryRooftop) March 11, 2015
And finally, the team at the Randolph Brooklyn tells Eater their sidewalk cafe is open and ready for action.
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