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?
places off the top of my head (strictly with outdoor seating, not just open windows)
sweet & vicious
merchants (UES at least I'm sure)
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
chichi's on mulberry (though not recommended)
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.
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.