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anonymousfoodperson Apr 27, 2009 11:29 AM

Hi everyone,

I've lived in Wburg for about 6 months now and have been loving the food scene. I haven't been here for warm weather, however, and I love to eat outdoors. What are good spots that have outdoor dining here?

My list so far:
Fette Sau (amazing)
Lodge (haven't been but walk by)

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    anonymousfoodperson Apr 28, 2009 12:17 PM

    Thanks guys!

    Updated list:

    Fette Sau (patio area)
    Dressler (sidewalk)
    Marlow & Son (sidewalk)
    Aurora (garden)
    Diner (sidewalk)
    Baci & Abracci (garden)
    Fiore (garden)
    Sweet Water (garden)
    PT (garden)
    Dumont (garden)
    Bonita
    Vera Cruz
    Il Fornino
    Juliette (upstairs patio)

    Any others?

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      terremotia Jun 23, 2009 08:37 AM

      The Rabbit Hole has a backyard garden (Bedford & S 3)

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        thievery Jun 23, 2009 09:59 AM

        yeah, a good percentage of the places in the burg have outdoor space. more a question of kind of food / quality of the food, and vibe.

        list above covers most of the best. a few other options to add in...

        rain or shine patio's:
        fada
        acqua santa (not as tasty as aurora)
        radegast beer hall (retractable roof)
        miss favela (sidewalk, but open walls of doors make indoor seem out as well)

        bars with food and outdoor space:

        huckleberry (beautiful garden and gourmet lite bites)
        hope lounge (generally no food, but rotating guest 'chefs' on wednesdays this summer)
        union pool (taco truck in courtyard)
        east river grill (no food, but you can byo'cue and commandeer the grill)

        asian fare:

        bozu (sushi outdoors!)
        the new banh mi place on bedford (when the full resto opens shortly, has outdoor space)
        red bowl
        cheers thai

        other restos:

        relish (sometimes painful hipster service)
        el almacen
        my moon (not too tasty, but beautiful large outdoor space)
        surf bar (faux beach, so-so food. cheap lobster roll)
        nita nita
        roebling tea room

        ... and many more...

      2. malibu Apr 27, 2009 12:06 PM

        I Like Fette Sau. Lodge is awful (I have bad fish twice 2 years ago), service is subpar and their food is below average for the price- ameteur hour. I would pass on them altogether even though their outside area looks nice. There are so many places eons better than Lodge with outside space.

        My faves are:
        Dressler, Marlow & Son, Aurora, Diner, Baci & Abracci, Fiore & Sweet Water (in that order).

        There's tons of al fresco options in Williamsburg, those are the ones I most frequent most. Enjoy!

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          anonymousfoodperson Apr 27, 2009 12:12 PM

          Thank you Malibu! Had no idea all those places offered outdoor dining.

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            malibu Apr 27, 2009 12:20 PM

            Diner, Marlow and Dressler all have sidewalk full service tables. The others have full gardens hidden in the back.

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              anonymousfoodperson Apr 27, 2009 01:06 PM

              I just read that DOC wine bar has outdoor seating? Has anyone tried this?

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                malibu Apr 28, 2009 08:56 AM

                I have been to DOC a few times for food. It's more snack-like (cheese, anti-pasti and the likes). It's nice, but mainly we just go there for wine. PT, a restaurant on Bedford & S 3rd St., has the same ownership as DOC and they also have an amazing garden. They have a full italian menu and the food is lovely .... kind of funny I forgot about this one since I had my wedding dinner there! Highly recommended.

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            chompchomp Apr 28, 2009 08:46 AM

            Dumont also has a lovely garden out back. I really love the food at Baci and Abracci, but find the interior acoustics prohibitively loud, so eating in the garden is a delight.

            Al fresco options litter Bedford Ave -- Bonita, Vera Cruz, Il Fornino, Fabiane's and Juliette all come to mind.

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              anonymousfoodperson Apr 28, 2009 12:45 PM

              Yeah it is amazing how loud Baci is... literally need to shout at your table.

              Love the beet gnocci though!

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                Claire Jun 23, 2009 09:35 AM

                Baci's pizza is terrific. Love it!

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