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The sprawling back patio of Oasis Cafe.
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Where to Dine Outdoors in Queens

These places are making the most of the borough’s relatively spacious land

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The sprawling back patio of Oasis Cafe.
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Thanks to the general spaciousness of land in Queens, restaurants have been boasting sprawling patios decked out with towering trees and summery floral arrangements for years, but pandemic restrictions upped the ante even more. Offering the luxury of air conditioning on hot, muggy summer days or refreshing breezes on cooler days, the thoughtful build-out of some of these sidewalk and street structures are such that diners won’t even miss the inside of the restaurant. Here are 15 of our favorite outdoor dining spots in Queens.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Nino’s AQ

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This modern Italian spot — and stopover for MLB players — has taken full advantage of its corner location with a stylish outdoor dining area. Pink, white and yellow wooden picnic tables flank the sidewalk down 35th Street — they can be pushed together for large groups. A white lattice garden fence hangs on the exterior wall of the restaurant, and huge palm leaves and Astroturf line the street side. The fried burrata and black squid ink frutti di mare are hits. For brunch and happy hour specials, get the spicy watermelon margarita with freshly pressed watermelon juice and serrano chile-infused Don Julio Blanco.

The Ditty

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The Ditty already had a comfortable backyard with heating, a retractable roof, and board games prior to the pandemic, but they came up with one of the quirkiest streetside spaces in the borough due to outdoor dining mandates. It’s a deep purple school bus outfitted with first-come, first-served tables and benches. If the weekend calls for Frito-Lay corn chip-topped chili dogs and a Montauk Wave Chaser IPA on a hipster magic school bus, this is the joint.

An outdoor dining structure designed like a school bus sits on the curb outside of the restaurant.
The Ditty’s purple school bus.
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Victory Garden Cafe

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The allure of this Greek cafe lies in its seemingly endless, leafy green outdoor dining areas. The front of the restaurant alone has two sections: the fully enclosed extension of the storefront, and an open but ceilinged sidewalk structure. But the backyard is the showstopper: There’s a spacious, fully enclosed structure with clear panels and a yellow canvas roof, and a small, charming outdoor garden with lots of sun and tranquility.

Avli, the Little Greek Tavern

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Avli means backyard in Greek, so it’s not hard to guess what this restaurant’s appeal is: a pretty patio with stone floors, a tree-lined garden, and a white fence as the backdrop to enjoy Avli’s simple, homestyle dishes like gyro and tzatziki.

Jiang Nan

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Perched right alongside the dining room wall, the outdoor space at this Sichuan-Huaiyang restaurant is an extension of the polished indoor decor with its dark wood floors and roof. The outdoor structure is divided into booths that can be closed off with wooden curtains so customers can enjoy Peking duck and assorted seafood dishes in privacy.

Veranda

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Between the beige wall, beige canopy, and beige table settings, the sprawling patio at this Mediterranean bistro feels like being on a cruise ship, but the spaciousness is unrivaled. It’s a prime destination for eating grilled octopus and lamb chops while enjoying a warm afternoon breeze.

The Sweet Sap

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Depending on the season, diners will either find a winter wonderland of snow-capped evergreens or a quiet spring garden at the Sweet Sap in Flushing. Either way, the two, fully enclosed and air-conditioned (or heated) outdoor dining areas twinkle with cascading fairy lights and make for a romantic date night complete with an eclectic Italian-Korean menu.

The Oasis Cafe

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In the spring, eastern Flushing’s Greek stalwart Oasis Cafe installed new floor pavers to the already popular and sprawling back patio, and unveiled what is now dubbed the Oasis Garden. Whether guests are opting for chic daytime vibes by swaying palm leaves under the wooden pergolas or nighttime party scenes with tiki torches and DJs, baklava cheesecakes and berry Napoleons are on offer. 

Guests sit among wooden tables, hanging lamps and trees in an outdoor cafe.
The back patio at Oasis Cafe.
Oasis Cafe

The Vegoist at No5

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Industrial warehouse and lovely garden aesthetics collide on the patio at this funky vegan spot, outfitted with pastel pink metal chairs with seashell-shaped backs, Edison bulbs hanging from brass fixtures, and five-foot-high palms swaying against murals of flowers in muted colors against a black backdrop. It’s an eccentric environment for pesto zoodles (with meat options) and pasta-less zucchini-wrapped raviolis.

John Brown BBQ

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This no-frills barbecue joint specializes in Kansas City-style meats, but don’t miss their sides like their melty mac and cheese and cake-like cornbread. Kick back with burnt ends, smoky brisket, and pastrami sandwiches, with a pint of Sixpoint, in its sprawling backyard.

SriPraPhai

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The rewards for waiting out the long lines at this renowned Thai restaurant are many: the fried soft shell crab, fresh papaya salads, and an expansive backyard outfitted with a robust flower garden, a wisteria canopy, and a massive stone fountain.

American Brass

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This upscale brasserie’s streetside, waterfront build-out offers customers unobstructed views of the midtown Manhattan skyline while digging into plates of freshly shucked oysters and wagyu flank steak.

Diners eat under a streetside awning lit up with string lights.
Outdoor dining at American Brass.
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Spicy Shallot

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Surely, someone with an eye for very pretty things designed this massive, matching, air conditioned double shed that flanks Spicy Shallot’s narrow sidewalk. Hanging fairy lights, cherry blossoms and green leaves adorn the blonde wood ceiling, and sunlight streams from the clear floor-to-ceiling panels. Don’t miss the juicy Thai pork strips and snow crab sushi rolls.

An enclosed outdoor seating area is decorated with garlands of pink flowers.
Inside one of the two outdoor dining structures at Spicy Shallot.
Spicy Shallot

Paratha Wala

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This modern Indian restaurant’s funky and colorful Bollywood-inspired decor spills over into the backyard where a partially enclosed outdoor structure is designed with tapestry-covered lamp shades and wood that evokes a leopard’s pattern. The rest of the backyard and front sidewalk accommodate additional tables and chairs. Kale fritters and the chicken tikka bowl are local favorites.

Three silver tables and ten chairs sit inside a wooden structure.
The outdoor structure in the Paratha Wala’s backyard.
Paratha Wala

Kimo's Kitchen

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Located two blocks from Rockaway Beach, Kimo’s Kitchen includes a spacious backyard where customers can bask in the breeze of the nearby ocean. It’s fitted with long communal picnic tables, and a turquoise mural of blue domed churches of Greece and the camels and pyramids of Egypt, illustrating the chef’s roots and his Mediterranean menu. Do not miss out on the restaurant’s signature falafel, whether they’re in rice bowl, sandwich, or mezze platter format.

Nino’s AQ

This modern Italian spot — and stopover for MLB players — has taken full advantage of its corner location with a stylish outdoor dining area. Pink, white and yellow wooden picnic tables flank the sidewalk down 35th Street — they can be pushed together for large groups. A white lattice garden fence hangs on the exterior wall of the restaurant, and huge palm leaves and Astroturf line the street side. The fried burrata and black squid ink frutti di mare are hits. For brunch and happy hour specials, get the spicy watermelon margarita with freshly pressed watermelon juice and serrano chile-infused Don Julio Blanco.

The Ditty

An outdoor dining structure designed like a school bus sits on the curb outside of the restaurant.
The Ditty’s purple school bus.
Caroline Shin/Eater NY

The Ditty already had a comfortable backyard with heating, a retractable roof, and board games prior to the pandemic, but they came up with one of the quirkiest streetside spaces in the borough due to outdoor dining mandates. It’s a deep purple school bus outfitted with first-come, first-served tables and benches. If the weekend calls for Frito-Lay corn chip-topped chili dogs and a Montauk Wave Chaser IPA on a hipster magic school bus, this is the joint.

An outdoor dining structure designed like a school bus sits on the curb outside of the restaurant.
The Ditty’s purple school bus.
Caroline Shin/Eater NY

Victory Garden Cafe

The allure of this Greek cafe lies in its seemingly endless, leafy green outdoor dining areas. The front of the restaurant alone has two sections: the fully enclosed extension of the storefront, and an open but ceilinged sidewalk structure. But the backyard is the showstopper: There’s a spacious, fully enclosed structure with clear panels and a yellow canvas roof, and a small, charming outdoor garden with lots of sun and tranquility.

Avli, the Little Greek Tavern

Avli means backyard in Greek, so it’s not hard to guess what this restaurant’s appeal is: a pretty patio with stone floors, a tree-lined garden, and a white fence as the backdrop to enjoy Avli’s simple, homestyle dishes like gyro and tzatziki.

Jiang Nan

Perched right alongside the dining room wall, the outdoor space at this Sichuan-Huaiyang restaurant is an extension of the polished indoor decor with its dark wood floors and roof. The outdoor structure is divided into booths that can be closed off with wooden curtains so customers can enjoy Peking duck and assorted seafood dishes in privacy.

Veranda

Between the beige wall, beige canopy, and beige table settings, the sprawling patio at this Mediterranean bistro feels like being on a cruise ship, but the spaciousness is unrivaled. It’s a prime destination for eating grilled octopus and lamb chops while enjoying a warm afternoon breeze.

The Sweet Sap

Depending on the season, diners will either find a winter wonderland of snow-capped evergreens or a quiet spring garden at the Sweet Sap in Flushing. Either way, the two, fully enclosed and air-conditioned (or heated) outdoor dining areas twinkle with cascading fairy lights and make for a romantic date night complete with an eclectic Italian-Korean menu.

The Oasis Cafe

Guests sit among wooden tables, hanging lamps and trees in an outdoor cafe.
The back patio at Oasis Cafe.
Oasis Cafe

In the spring, eastern Flushing’s Greek stalwart Oasis Cafe installed new floor pavers to the already popular and sprawling back patio, and unveiled what is now dubbed the Oasis Garden. Whether guests are opting for chic daytime vibes by swaying palm leaves under the wooden pergolas or nighttime party scenes with tiki torches and DJs, baklava cheesecakes and berry Napoleons are on offer. 

Guests sit among wooden tables, hanging lamps and trees in an outdoor cafe.
The back patio at Oasis Cafe.
Oasis Cafe

The Vegoist at No5

Industrial warehouse and lovely garden aesthetics collide on the patio at this funky vegan spot, outfitted with pastel pink metal chairs with seashell-shaped backs, Edison bulbs hanging from brass fixtures, and five-foot-high palms swaying against murals of flowers in muted colors against a black backdrop. It’s an eccentric environment for pesto zoodles (with meat options) and pasta-less zucchini-wrapped raviolis.

John Brown BBQ

This no-frills barbecue joint specializes in Kansas City-style meats, but don’t miss their sides like their melty mac and cheese and cake-like cornbread. Kick back with burnt ends, smoky brisket, and pastrami sandwiches, with a pint of Sixpoint, in its sprawling backyard.

SriPraPhai

The rewards for waiting out the long lines at this renowned Thai restaurant are many: the fried soft shell crab, fresh papaya salads, and an expansive backyard outfitted with a robust flower garden, a wisteria canopy, and a massive stone fountain.

American Brass

Diners eat under a streetside awning lit up with string lights.
Outdoor dining at American Brass.
Kristen Walther Photography/American Brass

This upscale brasserie’s streetside, waterfront build-out offers customers unobstructed views of the midtown Manhattan skyline while digging into plates of freshly shucked oysters and wagyu flank steak.

Diners eat under a streetside awning lit up with string lights.
Outdoor dining at American Brass.
Kristen Walther Photography/American Brass

Spicy Shallot

An enclosed outdoor seating area is decorated with garlands of pink flowers.
Inside one of the two outdoor dining structures at Spicy Shallot.
Spicy Shallot

Surely, someone with an eye for very pretty things designed this massive, matching, air conditioned double shed that flanks Spicy Shallot’s narrow sidewalk. Hanging fairy lights, cherry blossoms and green leaves adorn the blonde wood ceiling, and sunlight streams from the clear floor-to-ceiling panels. Don’t miss the juicy Thai pork strips and snow crab sushi rolls.

An enclosed outdoor seating area is decorated with garlands of pink flowers.
Inside one of the two outdoor dining structures at Spicy Shallot.
Spicy Shallot

Paratha Wala

Three silver tables and ten chairs sit inside a wooden structure.
The outdoor structure in the Paratha Wala’s backyard.
Paratha Wala

This modern Indian restaurant’s funky and colorful Bollywood-inspired decor spills over into the backyard where a partially enclosed outdoor structure is designed with tapestry-covered lamp shades and wood that evokes a leopard’s pattern. The rest of the backyard and front sidewalk accommodate additional tables and chairs. Kale fritters and the chicken tikka bowl are local favorites.

Three silver tables and ten chairs sit inside a wooden structure.
The outdoor structure in the Paratha Wala’s backyard.
Paratha Wala

Kimo's Kitchen

Located two blocks from Rockaway Beach, Kimo’s Kitchen includes a spacious backyard where customers can bask in the breeze of the nearby ocean. It’s fitted with long communal picnic tables, and a turquoise mural of blue domed churches of Greece and the camels and pyramids of Egypt, illustrating the chef’s roots and his Mediterranean menu. Do not miss out on the restaurant’s signature falafel, whether they’re in rice bowl, sandwich, or mezze platter format.

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