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Jun 8, 2010 07:45 AM

Best Sidewalk Tables

Any suggestions for a place with decent food, good drinks and prime people watching, preferably downtown?

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  1. Belcourt has a pretty large sidewalk table area. Good dinner service, an even better brunch menu and full liquor license.

    Since it's 2nd ave, you'll get an eclectic range of people to watch... hipsters, gutter punks, junkies, models, NYU kids, etc with minimal tourists.

    84 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

    1. I like the patio at Tabla, Pastis (pretty big area), Locanda Verde, Blue Smoke (small), inoteca LES, Five Points (small), Jane (small), Arturo's.

      Do note that most of the time sidewalk areas are not huge and are first come, first served. I would get there as soon as possible (like right when dinner service starts or before 6pm if on a weekday).

      Happy hour with outdoor seating

      unpretentious outdoor drinks

      Five Points
      31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

      Blue Smoke
      116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

      Locanda Verde
      377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

      1. Belcourt is perfect, that was a great recommendation. Cafe Charbon also has amazing people watching, it's right in the heart of the Lower East Side (corner of Stanton and Orchard), but the food is only ok. Extra Virgin in the West Village (W 4th St) has a small sidewalk seating area, and tons of celebs live in the neighborhood so that's a great spot, lots of fashionable Euro-tourists around too.

        84 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

        Extra Virgin
        259 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

        1. Bar Pitti
          Cercle Rouge

          Bar Pitti
          268 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

          195 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012

          Cercle Rouge
          241 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

          1. Two places not yet mentioned for streetside tables and amazing people watching are Double Crown (Bowery and Bleecker) and Cafe Gitane (Mott and Prince). Double Crown is a lot more hipster and pricey but you are guaranteed to see plenty of models, artists and other Bowery fashionistas if you can nab a table in the lovely sidewalk "garden". Cafe Gitane is smaller and much more casual with lighter, less expensive French-Moroccan food and is also prime real estate for people-watching on a boutique-lined, gorgeous SoHo street. Check out my blog if you want longer reviews of both places.

            Cafe Gitane
            242 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

            Double Crown
            316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

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            1. re: npixie

              Good luck getting a table outside at Cafe Gitane. I think there are 3, maybe 4 tables outside and it's one of the most popular spots in NoLIta. I don't disagree with npixie's description of Gitane, but I wouldn't get your heart set on eating outside when the seating is so limited.

              Cafe Gitane
              113 Jane St, New York, NY 10014