Spring has finally sprung, signaling a return to that time of the year for New Yorkers to dine Al Fresco style, that is. Get ready for Sunday brunches under the sun and moonlit dinners.
Here at Grit Daily, we put together a roundup of the concrete jungle’s finest Al Fresco spots that will have you and your friends flocking to ASAP.
Elea , located in the Upper West Side is known for their uniquely crafted authentic Mediterranean menu. Situated in a light-filled space, it’s the perfect setting reminiscent of the beautiful Greek islands. And with the addition of a newly launched brunch menu, you have even more of an excuse to dine at this NYC Al Fresco staple. Be sure to book yourself a reservation for a spot in their outdoor dining patio, ideal for catching rays all summer long.
TAO Group’s Lower East Side hotspot helmed by Chef Chris Santos celebrates art, architecture, and cuisine from all across the globe. Located on Bowery Street, Vandal boasts a two-level space equipped with a bar, private dining room, lounge and cellar night club. A reservation in its incredibly popular “secret garden” is what everyone is after -so book those reservations, stat. The intimate dining area is decorated with plush seating, intimate lighting and vines all strung an expansive ceiling, making for the most perfect backdrop for an Al Fresco dining experience.
The Campbell is an iconic New York institution, located in Grand Central Terminal. It offers three different dining options, including the Campbell Terrace, Campbell Palm Court, and The Campbell.
The Campbell Terrace is a sweeping outdoor covered veranda with a full bar while the Campbell Palm Court is an indoor oasis and lounge surrounded by towering palm trees with a view into the main terminal.
The Campbell terrace, which opens at 3 pm is great for relaxing with friends, or people watching in the springtime. They have been known to set up a TV outside for watching televised sporting events. Sip on classic or modern cocktails, wines, and locally brewed craft beers and enjoy lunch with friends in the main bar.
Gupshup is a modern-Indian restaurant and cocktail bar located in the Gramercy area. Their brunch menu turns heads for its sweet and savory items, which combine traditional Indian preparations and New York sensibilities to create flavorful and bright dishes. The menu caters to all vegetarians and carnivores offering tandoor grilled season fruit or masala egg bhurj over toast.
As for their bar offerings, sip on fresh rose, mango chili lassis and el silencio mezcal topped with house whipped cream and chocolate.