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5 Outdoor Dining & Drinking Experiences to Try Now

By Christina Najjar | May 30, 2018 | Food & Drink

Warmer weather can only mean one thing: rooftop & al fresco dining season is officially upon us. No matter what neighborhood you find yourself in. there are an array of fabulous options to eat and drink outside against the backdrop of beautiful views of the city.

Make Believe


Make Believe is a new “social club” concept at the Sixty LES Hotel from hospitality duo Jack Mulqueen and Thatcher Shultz. The stunning new space is more of an optical illusion than anything else, with one of a kind art installations, custom built pink furniture, and stunning views—designed to transport you to another world. Have your phone at the ready, you won’t be able to resist snapping an Instagram at this new hotspot. 190 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

Azul on the Rooftop at Hotel Hugo

Azul on the Rooftop brings a lighthearted, Cuban cantina vibe to Soho. This lively rooftop bar is always buzzing with a beautiful crowd and it’s easy to see why. Fabulous cocktails, 360-degree views of the city and occasionally even live music, Azul on the Rooftop is always a guaranteed fun time. Stop by on a Monday night for their weekly movie on the roof—equal parts cultural experience and social scene. 525 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

The Ides at The Wythe

The Wythe has become one of the most popular hotels recently, in part thanks to its rooftop bar, The Ides. The Ides offers sweeping views of Brooklyn and the water, and pulls a trendy, chic crowd thanks to its creative food and cocktail program. The house cocktails are as innovative as they are delicious—try the “Storm in the Summer”—an irresistible raspberry centric cocktail. 80 Wythe Ave & North 11th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Casa Lever Gardens


Finding a chic place to have a drink outside in Midtown can be tricky, which is why Casa Lever Gardens is such a treasured gem. This seasonal lounge and restaurant with charming outdoor space offering both a lively bar or lounge-style seating, perfect for a long relaxed summer dinner with friends. Casa Lever Gardens recently introduced a smoking lounge and cigar program with a cigar sommelier on hand to give suggestions. Lorenzo Casi created a one of a kind cocktail program for all your summer cocktail needs. 390 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022

The Heights at Arlo NoMad Hotel

The Heights is the cheery, relaxed bar at the top of the Arlo NoMad Hotel. With incredible views of the Empire State Building and city skyline, this bar is perfect for grabbing drinks with friends after work. The offer light snacks, but it’s also crucial to remember that there’s a Dylan’s Candy Bar in the lobby of the hotel, for all those late night sugar cravings that hit when you finally leave the rooftop. 11 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016

Photography by: Courtesy of Make Believe
Courtesy of Casa Lever Gardens