Fresh Air

2014’s Outdoor Drinking All-Stars

It’s been a while, so let’s review: when the sun is shining, and the temperature is rising, you need to put yourself in a good drink-in-hand/no-roof-overhead situation. Herewith, the five best drink-in-hand/no-roof-overhead situations in town right now.

UD - On the Dock of the Bay at Watermark

On the Dock of the Bay at Watermark

The scene: Rows of picnic tables beneath a canopy at the South Street Seaport. You’re within a stone’s throw of massive sailing ships named Peking and Wavetree. And there’s a bonus rooftop.
The provisions: Spicy cucumber-tequila cocktails and seaside lobster rolls. Okay, riverside lobster rolls. But still.

UD - A Quaint Rooftop at Northern Territory

A Quaint Rooftop at Northern Territory

The scene: A second-story Greenpoint rooftop with unimpeded views of Manhattan, its own separate bar and an Australian bent.
The provisions: Lamb skewers with cucumber sauce and Pimm’s Cups by the carafe. The only civilized vessel for Pimm’s Cups.

UD - Picnic Tables at the Jeffrey

Picnic Tables at the Jeffrey

The scene: A quiet miniature beer garden behind what is easily the city’s best beer bar... at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge.
The provisions: Unpronounceable sour German beers, Evil Twin brews, beet deviled eggs. Maybe don’t drink that last one.

The Jeffrey, 311 E 60th St (between 1st and 2nd), 212-355-2337

UD - Yellow Brick Road-ing at the Chester

Yellow Brick Road-ing at the Chester

The scene: A Hamptons-style porch deck in Meatpacking, full of woven furniture and Pastis mourners in need of comfort.
The provisions: Comfort in the form of mint gin fizzes and Chilean sea bass skewers. An early front-runner for classiest food-on-a-stick of ’14.

The Chester, 18 9th Ave (at Gansevoort), 646-253-2284

UD - Finding Religion at the High Line Hotel

Finding Religion at the High Line Hotel

The scene: A mixture of hotel guests and neighborhood folks taking full advantage of a back patio and the grassy knoll next to it.
The provisions: The coffee-bar-by-day turns to beer and wine once the sun goes down. It’s like the Jesus of coffee bars.

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