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enjoying the weather...outdoor happy hours?

emilia Apr 23, 2007 08:29 AM

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. LFeinberg RE: emilia Apr 23, 2007 08:39 AM

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

    1. ballulah RE: emilia Apr 23, 2007 08:49 AM

      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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        josefr RE: ballulah Apr 23, 2007 01:38 PM

        "Yaffa Cafe on St Marks" is closed.

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          Lucia RE: josefr Apr 23, 2007 01:42 PM

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

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            josefr RE: Lucia Apr 24, 2007 01:44 PM

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

      2. wleatherette RE: emilia Apr 23, 2007 09:03 AM

        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.

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          sisack RE: emilia Apr 23, 2007 10:18 AM

          Cibar on Irving has an outdoor garden in back.

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            princeofpork RE: sisack Apr 23, 2007 10:42 AM

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

          2. EJC RE: emilia Apr 23, 2007 11:16 AM

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

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              roze RE: emilia Apr 23, 2007 12:07 PM

              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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                mlt9 RE: roze Apr 23, 2007 09:02 PM

                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...

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                  roze RE: mlt9 Apr 24, 2007 01:12 PM

                  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. emilia RE: emilia Apr 24, 2007 07:43 PM

                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. ballulah RE: emilia May 1, 2007 10:16 PM

                  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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                    nativenyeater RE: ballulah Jul 25, 2007 08:56 AM

                    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...

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                    kiwihair RE: emilia Jul 25, 2007 08:46 AM

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

                    Bbar
                    bull mccabe
                    dba
                    sweet & vicious
                    merchants (UES at least I'm sure)
                    Revival
                    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)

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