Technically we’re still in the winter season, but the warm weather in New York has been conjuring up spring and summer vibes; which only makes it right to take our turn-up activities outdoors. Whether it is a rooftop, a garden patio, or a sidewalk, many restaurants and bars in Harlem are embracing the warmth and giving their customers outdoor seating options. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor spot to chill with friends, unwind with bae, or catch up on some work during the day, there are several places throughout the neighborhood that deliver pretty dope outdoor dining experiences. We’ve rounded up six of our favorite places in Harlem that offer outdoor seating.
Nestled in a brownstone along Lenox Avenue Chéri, a French-inspired restaurant, boasts a beautiful backyard garden patio. The plant-filled patio is nothing short of romantic with Victorian-inspired furniture and candlelit tables during the evening. It’s the perfect spot for a sexy date night with your boo. As far as the food, Chéri prides itself on having “home style cuisine.” Similar to the Harlem neighborhood, their menu is ever-changing. The chef frequently recreates the dinner menu and uses ingredients from local markets and organic farmers. If you’re about that brunch life, Chéri is the perfect chic spot for a brunch outing with friends. They have a delicious selection of burgers and a tasty dish called the “Salmon Saffron Casserole” which includes fresh salmon & seasonal vegetables in a saffron sauce. During brunch, Chéri offers 1 hour of unlimited mimosas between 11am – 12:00pm. Learn more about Chéri here.
The Heights Bar & Grill
There is definitely a shortage of rooftop bars in Harlem, which is why The Heights Bar & Grill has emerged into such a popular spot. Just a few blocks away from Columbia University in Morningside Heights, this place is the perfect bar/restaurant for happy hours, dinners, and late night turn-ups. There’s nothing like chilling out on a warm day, sipping drinks on a rooftop surrounded by friends. Their rooftop bar has a pretty chill and laid back atmosphere. The Heights Bar & Grill offers very affordable food and drink deals. During happy hour, which is 4pm – 7pm daily, they serve $6 frozen drinks, $5 draft beers, and $5 glasses of select wines. Every Wednesday they have “Beer and Burger” night, where you can get a burger and draft beer for $12. Learn more about The Heights Bar & Grill here.
Yatenga French Bistro & Bar
Eating on the sidewalk in NYC isn’t for everybody, but Yatenga French Bistro & Bar does sidewalk dining like no other. On any given warm evening if you walk by the restaurant/bar you can see that things are lit! The stylish eatery has a pretty dope sidewalk seating area with lots of plants that will make you forget that you’re sitting on a sidewalk and feel like you’re dining in a garden. The restaurant serves up delectable French-inspired dishes that include “Chicken Milanaise” and “Mussels Provencal.” It also serves as the perfect spot for an outdoor brunch. The “Eggs Normandy” and the “Croque Monsieur” are absolutely delicious. For an additional $23 you can get unlimited mimosas, Bellini’s or Bloody Marys. Learn more about Yatenga French Bistro & Bar here.
If you’re looking for a chic spot in East Harlem that has an outdoor space, check out Nocciola Ristorante. The upscale Italian eatery has a cute and cozy backyard patio. Although the rustic patio is small, its look resembles places that you would see in Naples. Their dine-in menu features Italian classics like Penne alla Vodka, Spaghetti Carbonara, and Fettuccine Sorrentina. If you want to keep it simple go for the Spaghetti and Meatballs. Aside from their delicious menu and outdoor space another draw to Nocciola Ristorante is their extensive wine list. The restaurant serves wines from Italy and other countries across the globe. Learn more about Nocciola Ristorante here.
Tsion Cafe & Bakery
If you’re looking for a super laid back spot, head over to Tsion Cafe & Bakery. The eatery, which is located in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem, has a small but nice outdoor patio. It’s the perfect place to go have an outdoor lunch meeting or catch up on some work. The café serves food that fuses Ethiopian and Mediterranean cuisines. They have different selections of Ethiopian coffees and specialty teas featured on their menu. Tsion Cafe & Bakery is also known for hosting art shows and live performances that feature musicians and poets. Learn more about Tsion Cafe & Bakery here.
Beer gardens are perfect for warm weather; that’s why Harlem Tavern has become the go-to spot whenever the temperature heats up. The popular beer garden, which takes up the entire corner of 116th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, is one of the best spots in the neighborhood to take in the warm weather, sip on amazing cocktails, and share tasty appetizers with your friends. They have an extensive selection of beers on tap and as far as food they serve up some great American classics. One major draw to Harlem Tavern is that their beer garden area is very spacious. If you happen to go on a night when there’s a big sporting event being televised, then you’re bound to have a good time. Learn more about Harlem Tavern here.