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There’s few better places to slurp noodles than the backyard at Cafe Spaghetti.
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Where to Dine Outdoors in Brooklyn

The best restaurants for making the most of Brooklyn’s brief but beautiful outdoor dining season

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There’s few better places to slurp noodles than the backyard at Cafe Spaghetti.
| Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

The few sweet months when New Yorkers can dine outdoors by choice — and actually enjoy it — are here, and in Brooklyn, the borough’s selection of patios, backyards, and roadside structures has never been better. The number of restaurants offering outdoor dining exploded during the pandemic, aided by a temporary measure allowing businesses to serve customers from sidewalks and streetside setups. The permanent future of outdoor dining still hangs in the balance, but restaurants and bars continue to invest in their outdoor spaces. Here are 16 of our favorites in Brooklyn.

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Club Club

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Greenpoint’s McCarren Park got the concessions stand it has always deserved this year, a clubhouse of sorts serving up frozen cocktails and ice cream from small-batch maker Oddfellows. Sandwiches from Club Club, a counter-service operation with cheeseburgers and beer-battered cauliflower, seem to be the main attraction. There’s seating at the open-air bar “indoors” and at loads of shaded tables out back.

A customer stands at the counter of a clubhouse whose menu advertises draft and can beers.
The open-air bar at Club Club.
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Laser Wolf Brooklyn

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Perched atop the Hoxton Hotel is Laser Wolf, the second location of a beloved Philadelphia restaurant that’s known for its Israeli-style grilled meats. Months after opening, reservations here are still a pain, as much for the beef kebabs, unlimited sides, and free dessert as the open-air dining room with uninterrupted views of the rapidly developing Williamsburg.

A rooftop, open-air dining room with light wooden tables and wicker chairs and a long bar against the back wall, with purple stools lining it.
The rooftop at Laser Wolf, with views of developing Williamsburg.
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Santa Fe BK

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“Lots of plants” seems to be the theme in the backyard of this Brooklyn restaurant, known for its smothered burritos, combination plates, and other Southwestern fare. A true neighborhood restaurant, tables aren’t hard to come by most nights of the week, and the backyard can feel like a universe of its own, canopied by trees and overflowing with potted plants.

An indoor dining room is decorated with tchotchkes from the Southwestern United States.
Stroll through the well-decorated dining room on your way to the backyard.
Christian Rodriguez/Eater NY

The merits of this Mexican restaurant’s menu and mezcal list have been well-documented, but the vibes in its backyard? Lights suspended by outdoor rafters and earthenware imported from Mexico make this outdoor setup an easy pick for a celebratory meal, with newer-to-New York riffs on regional Mexican dishes like carne cecina and pulpo zarandeado.

Patrons sit for dinner under hanging lights in Aldama’s garden area
A fall night in the Aldama backyard.
Gary He/Eater NY

Masquerade

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Persian tapas spot Masquerade is also home to one of the city’s most exciting bar menus right now, with dishes like the noodle soup ash reshteh that pull from co-owner Pouya Esghai’s heritage. The large wooden back patio feels a bit like a Midwestern porch, quiet and cozy with plenty of seats for sharing snacks and cocktails.

Falansai

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By now you may have heard of Falansai, the mostly Vietnamese, sometimes Mexican tasting menu restaurant that’s become a favorite of food critics across the city. The restaurant is hunkered in an industrial corner of Bushwick, but you wouldn’t know it from its covered backyard, outfitted with plants, a koi pond, and room to stretch your legs. Time your visit right, and chef Eric Tran’s dog Tako might make an appearance.

Plants and a mural decorate the outdoor dining area.
Head out back at Falansai for a koi pond and lots of seating.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

Otis is one of Brooklyn’s best kept secrets, a low-key hangout that manages to fill its dining room each night while staying mostly under the radar to folks who live outside of Bushwick. It’s intimate, elbow-to-elbow dining indoors, but for more space, head to the covered outdoor garden out back, where customers can order the same fig-glazed pork chops and heaping bowls of pesto burrata.

The Turk's Inn

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Turk’s Inn, the ornately decorated revival of a Wisconsin supper club of the same name, has one of Bushwick’s kitschiest outdoor dining setups, made up of two separate areas to sprawl out in. There’s outdoor seating along Starr Street in front of the restaurant, and more tables atop its colorful, partially covered rooftop.

Celestine

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Tucked beneath the Manhattan Bridge, this seasonal restaurant draws crowds for its mostly Mediterranean menu — lots of mezze, grilled octopus with chorizo — and unobstructed views of the city skyline. Outdoor dining is the move here; just know that competition for Celestine’s waterfront tables can be fierce.

The outdoor seating area of Celestine, with views of Manhattan and the Manhattan Bridge in the background.
Catch sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline from the outdoor seating area at Celestine.
Celestine

For All Things Good

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Mexican cafe For All Things Good has just a few indoor tables during colder months, but in the spring and summer, this Bed-Stuy restaurant comes to life. The corner spot buzzes with customers hanging around outside and noshing its mostly vegetarian Mexican fare. Expect to arrive to a full restaurant, even on some weekdays, but the wait for a table is never long at this fast-moving, first come-first serve cafe.

Three patrons sit at a corner outdoor table at For All Things Good; one checks his phone while another sips at aqua fresca
Outside For All Things Good, prior to the restaurant constructing an outdoor dining structure.
Gary He/Eater NY

Habana Outpost

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Habana Outpost is back open after a two-year break, restoring some outdoor drinking order to Fort Greene. This restaurant’s outdoor seating spills out onto the sidewalk of nearby South Portland Avenue, but try for a table in the inner sanctum: a side yard decked out in market lights and tents in the event of rain. Buckets of beer and pitchers of colorful frozen cocktails are par for the course at this seasonal Fort Greene hangout.

Customers can be seen sitting at tables in a backyard illuminated by market lights.
Habana Outpost is back open.
Luke Fortney/Eater NY

Cafe Spaghetti

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No matter the wait — brace yourselves, this is the restaurant of the summer after all — a seat in the backyard of Cafe Spaghetti is well worth it. Shielded by colorful umbrellas and overflowing with children, there are few better places to slurp spaghetti pomodoro or chase after slippery cavatelli with a fork than this Brooklyn backyard. For peak outdoor dining, kick things off with a “Spaghetti Spritz,” done up with a skewer of olives.

Awnings, vines, diners at tables, and the setting sun.
The backyard at Cafe Spaghetti.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Threes Brewing

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The backyard at Threes Brewing makes for top-tier outdoor eating and drinking, outfitted with its own bar. The year-round outdoor space is covered with a heated tent in the winter and populated by young, IPA-loving parents with strollers in the summer. In addition to beer, there’s a full food menu from Williamsburg butcher shop the Meat Hook with burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, and fried vegetables and cheeses.

Brooklyn Crab

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So what there’s cheaper seafood at Red Hook Lobster Pound down the street? At Brooklyn Crab, you’re paying for the real estate, made up of a massive backyard and three floors of open-air seating, making it possible to grab a table here without a wait. The top floor is best for catching a breeze on a hot day, where views of the Manhattan skyline — and that monolithic new Food Bazaar across the street — can’t be beat.

Chilo's

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Chilo’s in Bed-Stuy is popular for its vibey outdoor setup and backyard truck that’s better than you might expect from a neighborhood bar. The team followed up with this second location in Greenwood last year, right across from the cemetery, where there’s a massive outdoor patio perfect for noshing on duck carnitas tacos — at $9 each, a bargain compared to Cosme — and micheladas.

L&B Spumoni Gardens

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Find a sprawling outdoor dining area dotted with red picnic tables and tourists licking spumoni at L&B Spumoni Gardens, an institution within the city’s pizza scene. Order a spread of the restaurant’s iconic, square Sicilian slices, and cap off the meal with icy scoops of L&B’s namesake spumoni.

An outdoor seating area with picnic tables and umbrellas at L&B Spumoni Gardens in Gravesend, Brooklyn.
The outdoor seating area at L&B Spumoni Gardens.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Club Club

Greenpoint’s McCarren Park got the concessions stand it has always deserved this year, a clubhouse of sorts serving up frozen cocktails and ice cream from small-batch maker Oddfellows. Sandwiches from Club Club, a counter-service operation with cheeseburgers and beer-battered cauliflower, seem to be the main attraction. There’s seating at the open-air bar “indoors” and at loads of shaded tables out back.

A customer stands at the counter of a clubhouse whose menu advertises draft and can beers.
The open-air bar at Club Club.
Luke Fortney/Eater NY

Laser Wolf Brooklyn

Perched atop the Hoxton Hotel is Laser Wolf, the second location of a beloved Philadelphia restaurant that’s known for its Israeli-style grilled meats. Months after opening, reservations here are still a pain, as much for the beef kebabs, unlimited sides, and free dessert as the open-air dining room with uninterrupted views of the rapidly developing Williamsburg.

A rooftop, open-air dining room with light wooden tables and wicker chairs and a long bar against the back wall, with purple stools lining it.
The rooftop at Laser Wolf, with views of developing Williamsburg.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

Santa Fe BK

“Lots of plants” seems to be the theme in the backyard of this Brooklyn restaurant, known for its smothered burritos, combination plates, and other Southwestern fare. A true neighborhood restaurant, tables aren’t hard to come by most nights of the week, and the backyard can feel like a universe of its own, canopied by trees and overflowing with potted plants.

An indoor dining room is decorated with tchotchkes from the Southwestern United States.
Stroll through the well-decorated dining room on your way to the backyard.
Christian Rodriguez/Eater NY

Aldama

The merits of this Mexican restaurant’s menu and mezcal list have been well-documented, but the vibes in its backyard? Lights suspended by outdoor rafters and earthenware imported from Mexico make this outdoor setup an easy pick for a celebratory meal, with newer-to-New York riffs on regional Mexican dishes like carne cecina and pulpo zarandeado.

Patrons sit for dinner under hanging lights in Aldama’s garden area
A fall night in the Aldama backyard.
Gary He/Eater NY

Masquerade

Persian tapas spot Masquerade is also home to one of the city’s most exciting bar menus right now, with dishes like the noodle soup ash reshteh that pull from co-owner Pouya Esghai’s heritage. The large wooden back patio feels a bit like a Midwestern porch, quiet and cozy with plenty of seats for sharing snacks and cocktails.

Falansai

By now you may have heard of Falansai, the mostly Vietnamese, sometimes Mexican tasting menu restaurant that’s become a favorite of food critics across the city. The restaurant is hunkered in an industrial corner of Bushwick, but you wouldn’t know it from its covered backyard, outfitted with plants, a koi pond, and room to stretch your legs. Time your visit right, and chef Eric Tran’s dog Tako might make an appearance.

Plants and a mural decorate the outdoor dining area.
Head out back at Falansai for a koi pond and lots of seating.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

Otis

Otis is one of Brooklyn’s best kept secrets, a low-key hangout that manages to fill its dining room each night while staying mostly under the radar to folks who live outside of Bushwick. It’s intimate, elbow-to-elbow dining indoors, but for more space, head to the covered outdoor garden out back, where customers can order the same fig-glazed pork chops and heaping bowls of pesto burrata.

The Turk's Inn

Turk’s Inn, the ornately decorated revival of a Wisconsin supper club of the same name, has one of Bushwick’s kitschiest outdoor dining setups, made up of two separate areas to sprawl out in. There’s outdoor seating along Starr Street in front of the restaurant, and more tables atop its colorful, partially covered rooftop.

Celestine

Tucked beneath the Manhattan Bridge, this seasonal restaurant draws crowds for its mostly Mediterranean menu — lots of mezze, grilled octopus with chorizo — and unobstructed views of the city skyline. Outdoor dining is the move here; just know that competition for Celestine’s waterfront tables can be fierce.

The outdoor seating area of Celestine, with views of Manhattan and the Manhattan Bridge in the background.
Catch sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline from the outdoor seating area at Celestine.
Celestine

For All Things Good

Mexican cafe For All Things Good has just a few indoor tables during colder months, but in the spring and summer, this Bed-Stuy restaurant comes to life. The corner spot buzzes with customers hanging around outside and noshing its mostly vegetarian Mexican fare. Expect to arrive to a full restaurant, even on some weekdays, but the wait for a table is never long at this fast-moving, first come-first serve cafe.

Three patrons sit at a corner outdoor table at For All Things Good; one checks his phone while another sips at aqua fresca
Outside For All Things Good, prior to the restaurant constructing an outdoor dining structure.
Gary He/Eater NY

Habana Outpost

Habana Outpost is back open after a two-year break, restoring some outdoor drinking order to Fort Greene. This restaurant’s outdoor seating spills out onto the sidewalk of nearby South Portland Avenue, but try for a table in the inner sanctum: a side yard decked out in market lights and tents in the event of rain. Buckets of beer and pitchers of colorful frozen cocktails are par for the course at this seasonal Fort Greene hangout.

Customers can be seen sitting at tables in a backyard illuminated by market lights.
Habana Outpost is back open.
Luke Fortney/Eater NY

Cafe Spaghetti

No matter the wait — brace yourselves, this is the restaurant of the summer after all — a seat in the backyard of Cafe Spaghetti is well worth it. Shielded by colorful umbrellas and overflowing with children, there are few better places to slurp spaghetti pomodoro or chase after slippery cavatelli with a fork than this Brooklyn backyard. For peak outdoor dining, kick things off with a “Spaghetti Spritz,” done up with a skewer of olives.

Awnings, vines, diners at tables, and the setting sun.
The backyard at Cafe Spaghetti.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Threes Brewing

The backyard at Threes Brewing makes for top-tier outdoor eating and drinking, outfitted with its own bar. The year-round outdoor space is covered with a heated tent in the winter and populated by young, IPA-loving parents with strollers in the summer. In addition to beer, there’s a full food menu from Williamsburg butcher shop the Meat Hook with burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, and fried vegetables and cheeses.

Brooklyn Crab

So what there’s cheaper seafood at Red Hook Lobster Pound down the street? At Brooklyn Crab, you’re paying for the real estate, made up of a massive backyard and three floors of open-air seating, making it possible to grab a table here without a wait. The top floor is best for catching a breeze on a hot day, where views of the Manhattan skyline — and that monolithic new Food Bazaar across the street — can’t be beat.

Chilo's

Chilo’s in Bed-Stuy is popular for its vibey outdoor setup and backyard truck that’s better than you might expect from a neighborhood bar. The team followed up with this second location in Greenwood last year, right across from the cemetery, where there’s a massive outdoor patio perfect for noshing on duck carnitas tacos — at $9 each, a bargain compared to Cosme — and micheladas.

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L&B Spumoni Gardens

Find a sprawling outdoor dining area dotted with red picnic tables and tourists licking spumoni at L&B Spumoni Gardens, an institution within the city’s pizza scene. Order a spread of the restaurant’s iconic, square Sicilian slices, and cap off the meal with icy scoops of L&B’s namesake spumoni.

An outdoor seating area with picnic tables and umbrellas at L&B Spumoni Gardens in Gravesend, Brooklyn.
The outdoor seating area at L&B Spumoni Gardens.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

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