BWW Preview:  Dine AL FRESCO in NYC

BWW Preview: Dine AL FRESCO in NYC

BWW Preview:  Dine AL FRESCO in NYC

Warm weather and the lure of good food and drink brings the delight of al fresco dining in New York City. Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some of our favorite spots where you can relax and enjoy the outdoor ambiance of the city. Check each restaurant's web site for menus, daily specials and hours of operation.

Copper Kettle Kitchen (1471 Second Avenue, between 76th and 77th Streets) This welcoming restaurant and bar on the Upper East Side features American farm-to-table comfort food and artisanal cocktails. They are open for lunch Wednesday to Friday, weekdays for Happy Hour, daily for dinner and for Saturday and Sunday brunch. Visit

Brunetti (626 Hudson Street) This West Village has two intimate outdoor options in which to savor owner / head pizzaiolo Jason Brunetti's Neapolitan style creations. The sidewalk café is great for people watching, and the more private and rather romantic courtyard in the back. Either is a delightful setting for a pizza fix, especially one of Jason's creative specials loaded with seasonal toppings. Visit:

La Marina (348 Dyckman Street, on the Hudson in NYC) La Marina is an urban oasis located at the historic Dyckman Marina in Upper Manhattan. Offering a one-of-a-kind experience that brings International, seaside luxury entertaining to the heart of the concrete jungle, La Marina is the ideal hotspot for sunset cocktails with colleagues, leisurely weekend brunch with family, or even private events for up to 3,000 well-heeled guests. With a waterfront-inspired beverage program and top talent performing after dark, La Marina is also a favorite of the nightlife set. La Marina is easily accessible via boat, car, subway and - new this year - the La Marina Water Taxi. Leave city sounds and stress behind in thirty minutes or less. Part pavilion and part shaded courtyard - like the nearby Cloisters Museum and Gardens La Marina is an idyllic riverside enclave. Visit:

Wallflower (234 West 12th Street) Inspired by classic French-country cuisine, Wallflower is an elegant restaurant, wine and cocktail bar located on the corner of West 12th Street and Greenwich Avenue in New York's West Village. Proving the old adage that 'good things come in small packages', the 30-seat restaurant is a study in relaxed sophistication, the ideal venue to enjoy drinks and bites al fresco or indulge in a lingering, knockout meal. Visit:

Hudson Terrace (621 W. 46th Street) They opening for the summer season on May 5th. Discreetly tucked at the edge of Midtown West, Hudson Terrace has spectacular panoramic views of the Hudson River. The Rooftop Lounge has a fully retractable roof to transform the space with the changing of the seasons or the weather on a particular evening. The zen-like oasis is the perfect for intimate, al fresco gatherings of up to 150 guests. Visit:


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Marina Kennedy Marina P. Kennedy writes articles and reviews for on performance venues in New York and New Jersey. She is the Editor in Chief of BWW's Food & Wine and the Senior New Jersey Editor. She also has a regular column in, "Fit Food Finds," which discusses healthy eating. Her interest in fitness, dance, and theatre stem from the many years she owned and operated a dance school, "Dance Unlimited" in New Jersey. She enjoys a very active journalism career and loves writing for You can follow Marina on Twitter and Instagram @marinapk6.
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