Opt Outside: Dining Al Fresco

 Photo Credit: Jane Kratchovil 

Photo Credit: Jane Kratchovil 

The sun is out and so is all of New York - there's not a moment to be wasted indoors during spring and summer, especially when dining. Bask in the sun (or shade!) at Union Square's best al fresco dining. 

 Photo Credit: Liz Ligon 

Photo Credit: Liz Ligon 

Find free public seating, courtesy of the Union Square Partnership, throughout Union Square Park. With a plethora of grab and go eateries - Breads Bakery, CAVA, Chop't, Dig Inn, Dos Toros (the list goes on!) - pick your favorite and find a seat around the park. 

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Boucherie, newly opened on Park Avenue South, opens its floor-to-ceiling windows so you can appreciate the sun and people watching. Taste the fresh French delicacies on their new spring menu with mouthwatering steaks, fish, chicken, salads and more.  

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Seafood lovers can find their spot on the Blue Water Grill patio - which is elevated and blocked off from the sidewalk, with views of Union Square Park - for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Transport yourself to a seaside mindset with fresh pastas, flatbreads, shakshuka, sushi and more.

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When the sun is bright, the last thing you want to do is rush into the office. Plan your morning right and enjoy your coffee or tea on Irving Farm's front patio or benches, giving you the perfect excuse to sit down with their pastries and start your day right. 

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@kimiaskravings

You don't need to stay at the Hyatt Union Square to indulge in the menu at its newest restaurant Bowery Road. From weekend brunch to the ultimate weekday lunch break, find dishes packed with fresh produce from the Union Square Greenmarket at this American Brasserie tucked along Fourth Avenue. 

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When you're looking for outdoor dining with a drink on the side, head to The Winslow on East 14th Street. Try a fresh spring cocktail from one of the best gin bars in the city, or come by on Friday for a $10 beer and burger special (contact restaurant for details). 

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Transport yourself to the streets of Italy on Tarallucci e Vino's patio. Whether you're dining here for breakfast, lunch, dinner or brunch, the pastries are a must try. Tarallucci bakes all its pastries for its locations on its Union Square premises, so you're steps away from fresh danishes, croissants and more. Enjoy them before or after homemade pasta, quiche, salad and more. 

 

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Barn Joocelebrating a year in Union Square this summer, welcomes you to their new outdoor seating area to enjoy divine Korean fare, with plenty of options for sharing. Start with steamed buns, fried asparagus, or crunchy tofu. For your main course, get into kimchi fried rice, bulgogi beef tacos, bibimbap and more. 

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On a nice day in Union Square, you'll find the Coffee Shop's wrap around outdoor sidewalk seating packed with patrons enjoying this classic New York restaurant's American and Latin fusion dining. Our favorite aspect? Breakfast is served all day! 

Where are you dining al fresco? Share your favorites on Instagram and tag us @UnionSquareNY.