“Whenever spring comes to New York I can’t stand the suggestion of the land that come blowing over the river from New Jersey and I’ve got to go. So I went,” wrote Jack Kerouac. While we often share Kerouac’s hankering to skip ourselves out of town, when there’s a lingering warm sun and the cherry trees come alive we fall for the city and can’t seem to find a good enough reason to leave—at least not until we’ve had our fix of open-air dining.
To help whet your appetite for spring and provide a few alternatives to Manhattan’s popular alfresco spots, here are five of our favorite off the beaten path places for outdoor dining in Brooklyn.
|Alchemy | 56 5th Ave | Take the 2, 3, or 4 train to Bergen Street | alchemybrooklyn.com|
Alchemy isn’t your typical precooked pub fare. This Park Slope tavern serves up jalapeño grits, corned beef hash and sunny side up eggs for brunch, and duck confit cassoulet for dinner in a casual, cozy setting. The restaurant’s patio is even cozier behind high wooden fences and moss-covered walls.
|Siggy’s Good Food | 76 Henry St. | Take the 2 or 3 train to Clark St. | siggysgoodfood.com|
Staying true to its name, Siggy’s has a good variety of vegan and organic options. The Brooklyn Heights eatery prides itself on providing fresh, local ingredients, which guests can enjoy outdoors along residential streets. While Siggy’s is not signed up for Dine in Brooklyn, it’s worth a visit for the chocolate chunk cookie and Jazz Night every Wednesday at 7pm.
|Aurora | 70 Grand St. | Take the L train to Bedford | aurorabk.com|
Aurora is a quiet Italian date spot just a few blocks from the East River. With brick walls and a dark wood interior, this homey atmosphere translates to their outdoor seating area. The restaurant’s garden is lush with greens and soft floral accents, which diners can enjoy between red wine braised boar or pork sausage with chickpea puree.
|My Moon | 184 N 10th St. | Take the L train to Bedford Ave. | www.mymoonnyc.com|
This Turkish tapas joint in the heart of Williamsburg is actually an abandoned warehouse, converted into a date-night dining locale. The restaurant’s low lighting and huge, wrap-around booths provide an intimate setting inside, but outside, wooden canopies and ample deck seating bring the night sky to My Moon swooners.
Photos: Respective restaurants, Mad Monkey Marketing