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NYC’s Best New Outdoor Watering Holes

Chef Leah Cohen of Pig and Khao - New York, NYWhether you live in a pint-sized studio apartment or plan to visit New York during the summer months, it’s nice to get a breath of fresh air wherever you can find it in the big city. We’d like to suggest these new before the crowds catch on.

With a sultry outdoor space lit by Christmas lights, this LES restaurant—brought to you by the geniuses at Fatty Crew Hospitality Group and Top Chef-testant Leah Cohen—pays homage to South Asian street food in casual environs. Don’t miss tasty plates designed for sharing, like grilled pork jowl, crispy quail adobo, and watermelon salad, which are sure to make you crave an ice-cold brew (or cocktail). There’s a “bottomless” self-serve brew tap in the backyard or beer served “Hong Kong style” (in small bowls).

If you’re craving a beer and a burger, look no further than this German-styled “bier garten” set atop an Irish pub. Communal blonde-wood picnic tables with seating for up to 75 and exposed brick walls create an inviting setting for chowing down on 10-ounce grass-fed burgers—each with a suggested beer pairing—like the “Park Avenue” burger with pepperjack cheese, jalapeños, and chorizo, matched up with a Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Company. Just stopping by for a drink? Savor 20-some suds on draft or spring for a Scotch flight like the Lake District: $25 for a sampling of Glen Grant, Auchentoshan, and Bowmore.


Who needs a backyard when you can patronize GastroMarket? Their lush outdoor garden is 1,000 square feet complete with an outdoor bar, just steps from the Highline. Known for their cask ale and cask wine program, customers can also indulge in eclectic bites like beer-can chicken with corn queso fresco or gourmet ciabatta bread pizzas. Plans for summer imbibing include specialty cocktails served out of blocks of ice along with al fresco movie screenings.

The Rooftop at Pod 39

Situated 17 stories above the hustle and bustle of nearby Grand Central, the top of the Pod 39 Hotel is a seasonal space for drinking in artisanal cocktails and impressive views of lower Manhattan, including the Empire State Building. Guests will be able to score tequila cocktails from mixologist Sam Anderson to pair with an abbreviated menu from Salvation Taco—Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield’s trendy ground floor taqueria bar.

The city that never sleeps isn’t exactly known for inspiring zen, but you’ll find a relaxing respite from the rat race at the 1650-square foot Blue Ribbon Beer Garden—complete with tranquil garden plantings—slated to open in May. Customers will unwind over a curated list of beer and wine, along with a tasty menu of barbecue fare in a chic alfresco beer garden environment. And don’t stress about unpredictable summer storms: Retractable side paneling and outdoor heating make it a best bet for outdoor drinking no matter the weather.

The Sundeck at the Gansevoort Park Rooftop

Those buying a veritable summertime play ground for adults should look no further than the Sundeck for the Gansevoort Park Inn. Where else are you able to find wrap-around terraces, ping pong, and boozy slushies? The slick hotel rooftop might not be new, but your menu was just lately revamped for summer season, offering new tasty sliders and “adult” shaved-ice refreshments, perfect for enjoying in addition to a skyline sunset 20 testimonies above street level. If a chill strikes, grab a seat by one of the indoor-outdoor fireplaces and heat up with a Ginger Playground cocktail, made along with vodka, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, lime green, and white cranberry. It really is $15, but hello, this is New york.

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