I’m not going to use the words “last call”, because let’s be real – there’s no need to be dramatic (yet). Labor Day may mean the supposed end of all attire in lovely summer white, but it doesn’t mean it’s all the sudden crisp cool fall temps and leaves falling at your feet. That being said, I was noticing the cooler walk into work this morning, reiterating that turn is near. It’s definitely a perfect time to think about all those wonderful outdoor NYC spots you meant to go to and haven’t yet. Here are some of my faves as you’re thinking about what to do around the city over this upcoming long weekend.
Take the long trip out to Brooklyn Crab. Yes, it’s a bit of a pain to get there. It’s either a long walk from the F/G or a ride over on the Ikea NY Water Taxi. Once you get there though, a spectacular view and crab caked with Old Bay awaits. If there’s a bit of wait, fret not. This spot comes with built in entertainment. Head to the back for some mini golf to pass the time. Come late afternoon, sit outside, and you’ll have the perfect spot come sunset.
For a fancier option, I recommend Battersby. Don’t skip their complimentary rosemary bread and ricotta spread. It’s absolutely amazing. Come early for dinner, and opt to sit in the back patio. It only has about 6-7 tables, so timing is critical to snagging one of those spots. The menu changes up with the season, and the cocktails do as well. Opt for a number of plates and share with others in your party, because you will want to try pretty much the entire menu.
If you’re looking for something relaxed and/or thinking about brunch, check out Ici in Fort Greene. This is the spot where T and I got married back at the end of June, so I can’t help but count this in my list of faves. But seriously, it’s good. It’s really good. The restaurant is cozy, taking up an entire Brooklyn brownstone. There’s a lovely patio area out back, and it almost feels like you’re eating at someone’s home. The food is fresh, and flavorful. I’ve yet to be underwhelmed by anything I’ve tried here.
If you’re wanting to keep to Manhattan, there’s the Boat Basin (technically the West 79th Street Boat Basin Cafe). It’s only open during warm weather, so limited options to head here out of the year. It’s a bit of a weird walk over, taking you under the overpass and the first few times I went here, I was sure I was lost. This is a spot I come to almost exclusively for two things – the view and the electric lemonade. This is another spot perfect to catch sunset, though it can be a bit hard to snag a table with a coveted waterfront view of the Hudson. I suggest their turkey burger, which comes with potato chips, and chocolate cake for dessert.
What are some of your favorite local al fresco spots? Weigh in below in the comments!