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Looking for Romantic Outdoor Patio in Little Italy

TheClosers Jun 12, 2010 08:46 PM

I used live in NYC and am returning for a week with my partner. He's never been to NYC and we want to hit various romantic and non-touristy places while there.

We are hoping to find a romantic outdoor patio in LI that is not full of tourists.

Our price range is very flexible and, although we are otherwise dining at restaurants known for their food, this time we atmosphere is more important to us.


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    Beau711 RE: TheClosers Jun 12, 2010 10:59 PM

    Fuhgetaboutit! Going to Little Italy and you don't want to be with tourists? There are some restaurants in LI (can't think of their names) that have outdoor gardens or enclosed ones but the food is not good.

    Crispo on West 14th Street has great food and ask for the back room which has an enclosed garden. There's also a place on East 9th Street with a garden (forget name) and Gnocco on East 10th Street with a garden. Anything but Little Italy.

    240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

    337 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10009

    1. coasts RE: TheClosers Jun 13, 2010 05:22 AM

      as beau said above, you should consider looking elsewhere. i recommend Bello GIardino on 71st and Columbus. they've got a great garden and a very neighborhood feel.

      or, if you're in brooklyn, i always liked Graziella's for their rooftop garden with Manhattan views.

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        chow_gal RE: TheClosers Jun 13, 2010 10:15 AM

        Abort Abort Abort. Do not go to Little Italy, especially if looking for non-touristy, or romantic or patio or good food.

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          iheartbacon RE: TheClosers Jun 13, 2010 03:14 PM

          if you're specifically looking for italian food near little italy, i would recommend grotto just a couple blocks away from all the touristy crowds and overpriced mediocre food. hidden downstairs, it's a charming romantic spot with a great back garden and delicious food.

          100 Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002

          1. FoodieJaponica RE: TheClosers Jun 13, 2010 04:23 PM

            I love everyone's response, and cannot agree more! Trust us, you really want to stay away from Little Italy.
            Bacaro unfortunately doesn't have an outdoor patio, but it is extremely romantic, and the food is very good...with a good wine list.
            My favorite romantic patio would be at A.O.C. (http://www.aocnyc.com/) on Bleeker. Food was good too (bistro food).
            Have a great time in NY :


            136 Division St, New York, NY 10002

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              richmondtigers RE: TheClosers Jul 31, 2010 05:40 PM

              What you must remember or must take into account is that Little Italy is a misnomer. What is called Little Italy is in reality a 3 block Restaurant Row along Mulberry from Broome down to Grand with about 35 restaurants. That is it. That is little Italy. It is worth strolling down if you are near downtown but for avoiding tourists.........they have read the guidebooks and think there is a place called Little italy with real italians living there !!!

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                bob96 RE: richmondtigers Jul 31, 2010 08:25 PM

                It's not Italian, but Le Jardin Bistro on Lafayette St and Cleveland Place in Nolita has a lovely grape-arbor back yard in its old row house and serves unfussy bistro classics

                Le Jardin Bistro
                25 Cleveland Pl, New York, NY 10012

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