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anonymousfoodperson Apr 27, 2009 11:35 AM

With the arrival of the spring, what are the best restaurants in the city that have al fresco dining?

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    RGR RE: anonymousfoodperson Apr 27, 2009 11:42 AM

    You can check the Zagat for a listing of restaurants that offer al fresco dining. But if you want some specific recs, you need to provide the particulars of what you a looking for.

    Garden, terrace, or sidewalk?
    Neighborhood(s)?
    Cuisine preferences?
    Casual or fancy?
    Per person budget for food only (drinks, tax & tip additional)?

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      anonymousfoodperson RE: RGR Apr 27, 2009 11:58 AM

      Thanks, good point.

      I was thinking downtown generally, all types of cuisines are ok. Sidewalks are acceptable as long as the street isn't deluged with car traffic, but terrace and garden are probably better. Semi-fancy, definitely not looking for a cafe/lunch sort of place.

      Does anyone have any favorites to share?

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        RGR RE: anonymousfoodperson Apr 27, 2009 12:12 PM

        I don't know how far downtown you want to go, but just last night we had dinner at I Trulli, on 27th St., b/t Lex & PAS. The garden is lovely, and the homemade pastas are seriously delicious.

        http://www.itrulli.com

        Gascogne, on 8th Av., b/t 17th & 18th Sts., is one of our favorite French bistros. Excellent food, and the garden is one of the most charming in the city.

        http://www.gascognenyc.com

        I Coppi, on 9th St., b/t A & 1st, serves nicely-prepared Italian food and has a very attractive garden.

        http://www.icoppinyc.com

        It's in midtown, but Convivio, on Tudor City Pl., b/t 42nd & 43rd Sts., serves top-notch Italian cuisine, and there is a tiny, romantic terrace overlooking the park across the street.

        http://www.convivionyc.com

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          anonymousfoodperson RE: RGR Apr 27, 2009 12:14 PM

          Thanks so much, these sound great.

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        LeahBaila RE: RGR Apr 27, 2009 12:04 PM

        Amen RGR!!! :)

        www.thelunchbelle.com

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