Warmer temperatures mean the return of Mister Softee, mysterious elbow sweat, and, most importantly, boat bars and patio dining. Some restaurants just pop up for the season, while others add outdoor patios or rooftop spaces to their inventory. Bars like The Frying Pan, Grand Banks, and Fish Bar got an early start to the season, and there are still a few more outdoor destinations that will open in the coming weeks. With the long weekend in mind, here are three recently opened outdoor spots where you can celebrate the return of warm weather:
La Sirena 88 9th Avenue, 212-977-6096
Batali and Bastianich's sprawling Chelsea restaurant unveiled its outdoor patio last week. To celebrate, the team has added a slew of summer cocktails including a Sicilian Sour with rum, amaretto, lemon, and egg white; as well as a basil-infused mojito. Frozen drinks like negronis and blood orange margaritas are also on the horizon. For the food menu, La Sirena added an asparagus sformato with ramps and morels; and a ricotta and nepitella agnolotti with asparagus butter. The patio is seated on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be open during breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.
The Brooklyn Barge 3 Milton Street, 929-337-7212.
Located near Transmitter Park, The Brooklyn Barge is a waterfront restaurant and bar serving sandwiches, small plates, and tacos atop a barge in Greenpoint. It also offers activities like kayaking and sailing. The Brooklyn Barge is open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., seven days a week.
The Crow’s Nest East River at 30th Street (via the FDR Drive), 212-683-3333
Located atop The Water Club, a waterfront restaurant in New York's East River, The Crow's Nest offers raw bar options like East and West Coast oysters, littleneck clams, and a seafood tower. Other menu options include a lobster roll, cheese plate, and scallop ceviche, all with panoramic views of the city. The Crow's Nest is now open Tuesday through Sunday.