It is exciting to see all our favorite local haunts setting up shop with outdoor dining. Not only will dining outdoors support our economy, but we’ll also be treated to delicious cuisine in a unique setting. Enjoy the new sidewalk menus this weekend.
Rancho Tequileria (718 Amsterdam Avenue) A frosty margarita is a delightful way to begin your meal at Rancho Tequileria. Rancho has set up a festive sidewalk cafe complete with an energetic setting and fresh traditional recipes. I recommend the Traditional Mole de Puebla ($27.95). This chicken is supremely tender in a mouth-watering spicy mole sauce with hints of cinnamon and chiles. Their nachos are a satisfying starter for $11. Until 7 p.m. you can take-away discounted margaritas and $9 “happy hour nachos.”
Baylander Steel Beach (West Harlem Piers at 125th Street) If you can’t make it to the beach this summer, wander to Riverside Park for a taste of sunshine. Baylander is a former U.S Navy ship stationed at the West Harlem Piers at 125th Street. Once completed it will host 4,000 square feet of outdoor space across multiple levels. For now, all tables and bars are outside with plans to open a covered deck below as soon as possible. The Cajun Shrimp Tacos ($12) are small, full of flavor and a nice snack with a margarita. The Port Side Paloma ($12) is served in tiny Patron bottles making it simply fun to drink. The Baylander is doing a great job of spacing out patrons while enjoying the views.
Cafe du Soleil (2723 Broadway) Cafe du Soleil has created that French bistro vibe right on Broadway. A staple for traditional French cuisine, du Soleil hasn’t missed a beat and is serving their full expansive menu. Visit on Mondays for “Mussels Madness” which includes a pot of mussels, fries and one beverage for $24. They have rotating specials so be sure to check their website for updates. For delivery or take-out, take advantage of their Thursday night deal. From 4-9 p.m. two people can enjoy a three-course dinner with a bottle of wine for $79 in the luxury of your own home.