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enjoying the weather...outdoor happy hours?

my friends and i are gonna take advantage of the nice weather and get some drinks outdoors after work, preferably downtown (east village/union square). wondering if there are any spots people would recommend?

i know there's been a few threads on this but i can't seem to find an exact answer to this question.

comfortable & relaxed, cheap(ish) drinks, gardens, patios, or big open windows. we know of Miracle Grill, Croxley's, that asian place on 4th Ave/Astor, luna park, shake shack. anything else?

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  1. 230 Fifth is the BEST for great weather!!!!

    1. As tired as the menu is and as tawdry as the decor is (although it does have some stuff I'm fond of in a nostalgic way, try the grilled brie with avocado on baguette) the garden at Yaffa Cafe on St Marks can be really really fun. I met a friend here in the middle of the day a little while ago, and we sat around drinking Bellinis and eating omlettes to our heart's content.

      230 Fifth is a great idea.

      On 32nd St between Broadway and Fifth is Me Bar, at the top of La Quinta Inn. It's worth going a little north for the incredible views of the Empire State Building.

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      1. re: ballulah

        "Yaffa Cafe on St Marks" is closed.

        1. re: josefr

          Just called and asked about hours at Yaffa. Was told "we're always open." I think you're mistaken.

          1. re: Lucia

            shooot, I read that as dojo...sorry, I was mistaken.

      2. pangea on 2nd avenue btw 11th and 12th streets has a sidewalk patio and a better atmosphere than many of the generic spots nearby that open on to the street. food is seriously meh, though. don't be tempted.

        1. Cibar on Irving has an outdoor garden in back.

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          1. re: sisack

            DBA has a great backyard and so does Royale on C and 9th

          2. While I don't think they ever have drink specials, I love the roof bar @ The Delancey.

            1. FYI- the garder at Croxley's is no longer. It may reopen this summer sometime they said. Love the places mentioned- also want to add Lorely and Lunasa for back patio seating and the Red Lion and White Horse Tavern for sidewalk seating.

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              1. re: roze

                for future reference, there's also a roof top patio at bar 13 on university pl., plus 2 for 1 happy hour. and i love the out back garden at lunasa too. and i agree with dba.

                230 5th is great for atmosphere, but drinks are all $10-13...

                1. re: mlt9

                  This may be a weird question but- do they have tv's on the rooftop of 13. I was there once a long time ago and don't remember if I saw any.

              2. hi all, thanks for the suggestions! we ended up doing the old standby of shake shack, but now i've got tons of new places to try out...especially if the weather lasts.

                1. This is the third time I'm recommending El Rey Sol in the last few hours, but I was there last night and it's really a gem. It's on 14th between 7th and 8th a few doors east of Crispo, blink and you'll miss it. The garden out back was really nice, perfect on a sunny afternoon after work for pitchers of margaritas and sangria and lots of tasty Mexican food. Very inexpensive as well.

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                  1. re: ballulah

                    I second El Rey Sol, great margaritas and the foods not half bad!
                    The backyard garden is a little beat up, but its one of the best spaces in the city...

                  2. places off the top of my head (strictly with outdoor seating, not just open windows)

                    bull mccabe
                    sweet & vicious
                    merchants (UES at least I'm sure)
                    belmont lounge
                    gin mill
                    bar @ gansevoort
                    croxleys ales (i think it was mentioned)
                    - that place on ludlow off of delancey, with a roof deck; sorry name slips me right now
                    beer garden (astoria)
                    lounge 47 (LIC)
                    some places in my hood Sunnyside
                    some places in carrol gardens

                    if i think of any more ill update

                    EDIT: more!
                    chichi's on mulberry (though not recommended)