New York City really comes alive when the temperature rises, so get ready for waterside drinking, raw bars, buckets of beer, and lots of ice cream at these seasonal riverside and rooftop restaurants and bars that only open for warm weather.
Some are now open while others go live in just a few short weeks. Here’s the full schedule for the return of outdoor spots, updated as needed.
Atop the Park South Hotel is a pretty, partially covered rooftop that’s now open for the season. There are four colorful frozen cocktails, like the 36 Chambers with brandy, yuzu, lemongrass, lemon, and lavender. Globally inspired bites come from O Ya’s Tim Cushman, such as a grilled shrimp taco and karaage, Japanese-style fried chicken. 125 East 27th St., Nomad
Sceney Tulum import Gitano is back for a second summer in a Soho parking lot that’s transformed via palm trees. After a troubled first season, the palm tree-packed Mexican restaurant has brought on big-name chefs like Cosme’s Daniela Soto-Innes and Alinea’s former executive chef Mike Bagale to create an all-new menu that starts May 14. 76 Varick St., at Canal Street
Over in Williamsburg, chef Andrew Carmellini’s Mister Dips is open again for the 2019 season. The Vale Park Airstream serves popular burgers, waffle fries, and soft serve, like the Berry Gibbs dairy dip, a strawberry soft serve dipped in strawberry dip, served in a cone filled with boozy strawberries and crushed Nilla wafers. North 12th Street and Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn
The Upper West Side’s Boat Basin has returned with bar fare like burgers and wraps, as well as a full bar of drinks that overlooks the Hudson River. On the days it’s open, it’s from noon to 11 p.m. West 79th Street and Hudson River, Upper West Side
Seafood sailboat Grand Banks is fully up and running with drinks and food. New drinks include the one with tequila, lime, habanero, fassionola, and bitters and another with rye whiskey, Applejack, spiced cordial, orange lemon, and bitters. This year’s food menu has its usual focus on oysters, plus a new buttermilk-fried soft shell crab. Pier 25 at North Moore Street, Tribeca
The frat party that is The Frying Pan has returned, bringing its buckets of Coronas, fried food, and long lines back to the masses. Pier 66 at West 26th Street, Chelsea
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s outdoor fifth-floor restaurant has views of Central Park. Beyond food from the Met’s executive chef Nicholas Ciccone, there’s also an installation from Berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade. 1000 Fifth Avenue, fifth floor, Upper East Side
Pier 81 floating lobster shack North River Lobster Company is back, open Wednesday through Monday in May and then daily starting in June. The three-floor yacht has burgers, a raw bar, lobster roll, and more. Pier 81 at West 41st Street, Midtown West
This very pretty and plant-filled pretty rooftop has punch bowls and live music. On the weekends, Gallow Green — atop the McKittrick Hotel — serves a rooftop brunch. 542 West 27th St., Chelsea
That big concrete building adjacent to the Union Square Greenmarket is actually a summer restaurant. It’s got Neapolitan-style pizzas and drinks alongside bocce. 20 Union Sq., Union Square
This oyster bar aboard a 1924 wooden racing schooner docks at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and reopens April 29 for drinks and May 15 for food, too. Beyond oysters, get a lobster roll, crab claws, and cocktails like the rum-based “spirit animal” with Aperol, coconut, lemon, and strawberries. Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Another popular boat bar, the Brooklyn Barge is back, with Americana summer fare — hot dogs, lobster rolls, burgers — and drinks along with it. 3 Milton St., Greenpoint
Take a trip out to Governors Island starting May 13 for drinks and May 20 for food like oysters and a grilled burger. The 32,000-square-foot space stares at a stunning view of downtown Manhattan. 146 Carder Rd., Governors Island