As the streets of New York City begin to cool down with the start of autumn, the experience of garden dining can turn a restaurant meal into an unforgettable event.
Those with the urge to experience leaves changing from green into the full spectrum of yellows, oranges and reds have a wide choice of garden restaurants in the city that offer atmosphere along with great food.
For fine Italian dining under the trees in Manhattan, there is no better option than a trip to Soho. Barolo is the number one Italian garden restaurant in New York City. This long-time standout is world-renowned for originating the antipasto bar and other deliciously prepared regional Italian fare. It can also proudly claim one of the best wine lists in the US, uniquely specialized in the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco, which are particularly attained in autumn. Located at 398 West Broadway, between Broome and Spring Streets, this perennial hot spot continues to draw travelers from all over the world seeking the best. It is open for lunch as well as dinner.
The East Village offers not only a progressive music scene, but Back Forty as well. Located at 190 Avenue B, patrons will find plenty of tasty food and vegetables for vegan and vegetarian diners. Those with a Mohawk and guitar will fit right in.
Diners in Harlem can enjoy the Hudson River Cafe, which provides a great urban setting and a striking view of the Riverside Drive Arch. Customers can simultaneously fill up, enjoy the outdoor setting, and get a unique architectural experience. Located at 697 West 133rd Street, this spot offers a good cultural dining experience.
Brooklynites hoping to enjoy the color of fall would do well to seek out Alma in Cobble Hill. Easy to get to, this Mexican restaurant, located at 187 Columbia Street at DeGraw, gets the party started.
Picnics are a fine option for those who like atmosphere on a budget. Central Park is easily accessible and free. Although a little effort is involved to picnic, the foliage in the park is second to none. One can grab a bottle of wine at any of the local delis, and dogs can join your party too.
With such options available, it's no wonder autumn is popular among New York City's garden diners.
Photo: Barolo, 398 West Broadway, NY, NY