The entire population of New York City seems to be out and about right now soaking in the first days of Spring. After being cooped up all winter, try an outdoor bar or restaurant to catch that Spring fever.
Riverpark (450 East 29th Street) Nestled on a garden plaza with romantic East River views, Riverpark represents a unique culinary destination offering both casual and upscale dining options. The modern American menus change daily, highlighting seasonal ingredients from their own Riverpark Farm, located just a few feet away from their kitchen. The Riverpark Farm at the Alexandria Center for Life Science is one of the largest and most urban farming models in New York City. The main opulent dining room is perfect for a special occasion with dishes like Diver Scallops and Smoked Clams with potatoes, leeks and beech mushrooms ($39) and Lamb Ossobuco with braised kale, pine nuts and golden raisins ($42). For a more relaxed visit, they host a Beer Garden that will reopen in June. From 4-6 p.m. on weekdays enjoy $5 beers, $7 wines and $10 cocktails inside or on the patio. Visit Little River for breakfast and lunch and dine on yet another picturesque patio. If you visit between 3-4 p.m. coffees and pastries are discounted. On Sundays, a two-course brunch including two cocktails ($45) comes with complimentary jazz from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Death Avenue (315 Tenth Avenue) Death Avenue is a playful Greek American bistro with a cozy and romantic 2,000 square foot garden in the back. They are perfectly located off the Highline so you can take a nice long walk and reward yourself with delicious food afterwards. One side of Death Avenue is a tap room and the other, a more intimate restaurant. Happy hour is 4-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and offers a ton of appetizer options and drink specials. Flatbreads are $15, Truffle Fries $9 and Pork Sliders $14. As nice weather approaches, stay tuned for outdoor special events like movie nights and wine tastings. Beneath the restaurant resides a speakeasy brewery making beer on site. Contact them for brewery tours including lunch or dinner.
Esperanto (145 Avenue C) With it’s corner location and bright neon vibe, you’ll feel the party at Esperanto. The outdoor tables are perfectly situated for people watching while enjoying your Brazilian Sangria ($12). I recommend the Cevivhe Trio ($14) with shrimp, salmon and snapper. Happy Hour is Sunday to Thursday from 4-8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4-7 p.m. They have a late night menu that’ll keep your belly full with yummy Latin American food when other places might be closed. Fridays and Saturdays from midnight until 2 a.m. stop by the Avenue C restaurant for $3 tacos $11 plates of Chorizo Nachos, Calamari Frito ($12) and Filo-Wrapped Empanadas($12)