The Most Stunning Al Fresco Dining Experiences in New York City

By Megan Murphy on September 02, 2020


Gramercy Tavern

Danny Meyer’s iconic Michelin-starred stunner in Flatiron reopened for outdoor dining in August, presenting a uniquely sustainable setup in partnership with re-ply. The plywood used to protect storefronts during the city-wide lockdown—otherwise destined for landfill—was repurposed to create elegant modular dining pods and barriers, which are bursting with beautiful flower arrangements. Gramercy Tavern in the Street’s à la carte menu showcases all the fresh, seasonal ingredient-driven flavors expected from executive chef Michael Anthony and team. Highlights include tomato carpaccio, chilled corn soup, the famous Tavern burger, and a lunch-only lobster roll served during recently-debuted midday service. As part of New York’s Open Streets program, the restaurant’s 20th street stretch is closed for cars on the weekends, allowing for even more spaced out seating. Pro tip: save room for the knockout salted coconut stracciatella gelato—an exclusive collaboration with Caffe Panna.

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