April 10, 2024

Where to Dine and Drink Outdoors in Midtown East

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(Pictured above: Aretsky's Patroon)

 

As spring blooms, we invite you to join us in exploring the best spots to eat and drink outdoors in Midtown East. Below, you'll find a thoughtfully curated list of restaurants and bars, each offering breathtaking views and unforgettable dining experiences.

 

Browse our interactive neighborhood map for a more complete listing of area restaurants, bars, lounges, shops and more.

 

Midtown East businesses and institutions: Do you offer a rooftop bar/restaurant, or a ground-floor accessible restaurant, or something else not mentioned in our list below? Email us at info@gcpbid.org


Rooftop Bars & Restaurants

 

A to Z Rooftop [16 East 39th Street – 646-599-4235] is situated atop the Hyatt Centric Hotel's 22nd floor, this rooftop bar boasts unparalleled views of Midtown East. Indulge in A to Z's menu featuring top-tier delicacies like Filet Mignon and Chilean Sea Bass. View their menu here

 

Aretsky's Patroon [160 East 46th Street – 212-973-1022] comes just in time for spring, as they unveil their rooftop bar for the season, where reservations are now available for private groups of up to 150 guests.  So, take a moment to relax and order something from there Prix Fixe or Dinner menus. View their menu here.  

 

Bookmarks [299 Madison Avenue – 212-204-5498] is merely steps away from Grand Central Terminal in the heart of Midtown East, sip on cocktails inspired by literature and relish cityscapes from their all-encompassing rooftop terrace or cozy up by the fireplace in their intimate Writer’s Den room. View their menu here

 

The Perfect Pint [203 East 45th Street – 212-867-8159] is known for its extensive selection of thirty beers on tap and in-house brews, The Perfect Pint has earned a reputation as New York City's premier spot for excellent cuisine within a classic Irish ambiance. Relax at The Perfect Pint East, where you can enjoy a leisurely smoke while enjoying your favorite beverage on their outdoor smoking loft overlooking 45th Street. View their menu here.

 

Pod 39: Freehold Rooftop Bar [145 East 39th Street – 212-865-5700] will elevate your Midtown experience with stunning views and local ambiance. Immerse yourself in a distinctive social atmosphere with specialty cocktails, beer, wine, and delectable seafood-inspired bites. Learn more here.

 

Roof at 66 Park [66 Park Avenue – 212-885-7066] presents handcrafted cocktails and a wide range of drinks personally selected by their expert bartenders while marveling at the amazing Manhattan sunset from this stylish rooftop bar perched on the 18th floor of The Prince Kitano Hotel. View their menu here.


Sidewalk Cafes

 

Albert's Bar [140 East 41st Street – 212-597-9345] is far more than just a bar! Take a seat in their outdoor dining arrangement and treat yourself to their Banana Bread French Toast Sticks during brunch or enjoy a Tuscan Kale Caesar Salad for lunch. View their menu here.  

 

Ammos Estiatorio [52 Vanderbilt Avenue – 212-922-9999] presents an array of the finest Greek seafood options in town, featuring delights like their Solomos or Plaki. Additionally, indulge in their charming outdoor dining arrangement, allowing you to savor both the delectable cuisine and the pleasant weather. View their menu here.

 

Annie Moore's [22 East 41st Street – 212-986-7826] is an Irish bar and restaurant located in the heart of midtown and has a large variety of beers, wines and spirits. With outdoor dining located at both the front and back of the restaurant, you can enjoy their Annie's Burger while taking in the fresh air. View their menu here.

 

The Campbell [15 Vanderbilt Avenue – 917-209-3440] invites you upstairs to their timeless bar which offers equally timeless drinks such as their Campbell Dirty Martini or Midtown Cosmo.  If something more outdoors floats your boat, the Campbell Terrace has got you covered. Complete with a full bar and the perfect view of the newly constructed One Vanderbilt.  Learn more here.  

 

Casa Limone [20 East 49th Street – 646-370-6282] is located just off of Madison Avenue and features outdoor dining.  Their menu highlights some of the favorite cuisine in Southern Italy, such as Spaghetti Aglio e Olio and Pollo al' Limone. View their menu here.

 

Casa Lever [390 Park Avenue – 212-888-2700] has created an outdoor dining space that matches the elegance of its interior. This Italian restaurant offers beloved dishes like Pasta Pomodoro and Pasta Carbonara. View their menu here.

 

Connolly's Pub & Restaurant [14 East 47th Street – 212-867-3767] is a family-owned business that has over 50 beers to offer and a food menu with Irish classics such as Shepard's Pie and Corned Beef Reuben. Their location on 47th street features outdoor dining and their location on 45th street features a rooftop bar. View their menu here.

 

Dos Caminos [480 Lexington Avenue – 332-233-7205] features two patios that overlook Lexington Avenue and 46th Street. Their menu features unique tacos such as their Crispy Beef Picadillo and vegan options such as their Cauliflower Adobo Tacos. Their drink menu also offers more than 100 types of tequila.  View their menus here

 

Fresco by Scotto [34 East 52nd Street – 212-935-3434] is known for its innovative approach to Tuscan cuisine and reimagining of classic Italian dishes, Fresco by Scotto introduces "The Lemon Orchard," delivering a taste of Tuscany to its al fresco dining experience. View their menu here.

 

Inside Park at St. Barts [325 Park Avenue – 212-593-3333] is located right beside St. Bart's Church with a beautiful view of Park Avenue. This location is open year-round and offers smaller options like Tuna Tostadas and larger options such as Mushroom Risotto.  Be sure to try out their Dragon Fruit Martini! View their menu here.

 

Madison and Vine [299 Madison Avenue – 212-867-5535] is a charming American bistro and international wine bar that has a wine selection of 100 handpicked labels and a menu that'll keep you fed all day long. Madison and Vine provides an ideal setting for a delightful spring afternoon with their outdoor dining on both sides of the restaurant. The restaurant's interior also opens in the front, ensuring everyone can enjoy the warmth of spring. View their menu here.

 

Maggie's Place (21 East 47th Street) is oldest family-owned restaurant & bar in the Midtown area. With a beautiful year-round sidewalk cafe setup and a menu of Irish comfort food classics, Maggie's Place is the perfect spot to dine and drink al fresco. View their menu here

 

Mangia NYC [422 Madison Avenue – 212-582-5882] has crafted a menu of artisanal Italian fare and offers sustainable catering on demand. You can stop by for lunch or breakfast and pick up a Wild Smoked Salmon Tartine or an Herb Roasted Chicken Sandwich. Their catering options include boxed options such as Breakfast Box Sandwich, which includes 1 breakfast sandwich and a drink of your choice. View their menu here.

 

Osteria Delbianco [22 East 49th Street – 212-838-5972] has been brought to you by Chief Diego, an Italian chief who's been working on bringing you authentic Italian cuisine. Head over to Osteria Delbianco and try their 24-month dry-aged Prosciutto con Burrata while outside in their outdoor dining space. View their menu here.

 

Step into Osteria Laguna [209 East 42nd Street – 212-557-0001] and it'll be like walking into a restaurant in Venice, if you want to remember you're in the heart of Midtown East, step outside and eat in their outdoor dining space. Either way you'll fall in love with their Italian cuisine. View their menu here.

 

Park Avenue Tavern [99 Park Avenue – 212-867-4484] stands as a favored destination for Murray Hill residents, Park Avenue locals, and the vibrant business community. Enjoy their Roasted Salmon at their outdoor dining right on Park Avenue, featuring incredible views of Grand Central Terminal. View their menu here

 

Pera Mediterranean Brasserie [303 Madison Avenue – 212-878-6301] named after an Istanbul neighborhood, Pera brings the authentic flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean to Midtown East. Experience outdoor dining while savoring local Mediterranean delights like warm hummus or beef and bulgur tartare, all while soaking in the city. View their menu here.

 

Pershing Square [90 East 42nd Street – 212-286-9600] is the ideal spot for a fast meal before catching your train at Grand Central Terminal. With outdoor seating on the viaduct's east side, you can unwind while enjoying their tasty Chicken Pot Pie or a Stack of Pancakes. View their menu here.  

 

Point Seven [200 Park Avenue – 929-877-1718] brings the heart of the sea, to the heart of Midtown East. Under the guidance of Chef Franklin Becker, dive into a selection of fresh and flavorful dishes that promise to make your taste buds explode with each bite. Whether seated indoors amidst the restaurant's chic ambiance or basking in the al fresco charm of their outdoor dining area, delight in their sushi specialties and raw bar options. View their menu here.

 

Sinigual [640 3rd Avenue – 212-286-0250] offers handcrafted Mexican favorites such as Filet Mignon Enchiladas and Grilled Shrimp in the heart of Midtown East. With outdoor dining available on 41st Street, you can unwind amidst the fresh air, away from the commotion of 42nd Street! View their menu here.

 

Urbanspace Vanderbilt [230 Park Avenue – 646-992-9544] is renowned for its ever-changing selection of chef-crafted artisanal food offerings. Situated just moments from Grand Central, this beloved destination attracts a diverse crowd of locals, commuters, and adventurers.  Plus, everyone can enjoy outdoor dining on both Vanderbilt Avenue and East 45th Street. Learn more here.

 

Wagamama [605 3rd Avenue – 646-813-3396] is known for their Asian inspired bowls, but that's not all they sell, their menu features ramen, wraps, desserts and craft cocktails.  Head over today for lunch and grab their new Nama Spicy Tuna Bowl and a Beet Juice. If the weather is permitting, enjoy that food outside in their outdoor dining setup. View their menu here

 

The Wheeltapper Pub & Patio [Fitzpatrick Grand Central Hotel141 East 44th Street – 212-351-6800] offers some of the best outdoor dining in Midtown East! Head over to their patio which will take you into a private open-air space away from the sound of the streets! While you're at it enjoy their Irish inspired dinner menu while knocking down one of the many drinks they have to offer. View their menu here


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