Once these April showers pass us by, outdoor dining options will spring up everywhere. Personally, I love watching the world go by while enjoying a delicious meal. It makes me feel like I’m on a mini vacation. If you need a few new dining choices be sure to check out these sunny picks.
Seamore’s (390 Broome Street) During the nice weather, Seamore’s adds a summertime vibe to Little Italy with colorful beach umbrellas and beachy al fresco tables. Lucky for us, the owners combined their love for fishing with serving up some of the freshest seafood in the city. Order “the reel deal” ($23) for the local fish of the day combined with your choice of sauce like lemongrass aji or red curry. Each dinner comes with three sides that change daily as well. From 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday enjoy $1 oysters, $4 drafts, $6 wines and $8 cocktails. The seafood screams Summer but this gem is great for all seasons.
Blockhead’s (322 West 50th, Worldwide Plaza) While you’ll see several locations throughout the city, this outpost has a fantastic “backyard” garden and dining options in nice weather. Nestled between eighth and ninth avenues, you’ll soon forget you’re in the city. All things Mexican are served up in style at Blockhead’s. Burritos come bursting with fresh ingredients like jerk chicken or roasted pork adobo. They even have a large vegan and vegetarian menu for your health conscious friends. Try the roasted butternut squash burrito for $12.95. There are nine daily taco platter choices that come with rice and beans ($12.95). Every day is happy with $6 margaritas all day, every day.
Harlem Tavern (2153 Frederick Douglass Boulevard) The outdoor beer garden at Harlem Tavern is a must visit this summer. Both the indoor and outdoor dining rooms are spacious and perfect for large groups. The American menu consists of anything your heart desires including a $6 kids menu. With twenty beers on tap, you’re sure to find your perfect brew. Weekend brunch is $15.95 and includes one complimentary beverage plus live jazz music. Monday through Friday take advantage of drinking discounts from 4-7 p.m. Check their website for seasonal offers like lobster Tuesdays dinner specials.