Winter Sidewalk Dining
Brunch in the sun at the ancient French bistro La Ripalle on Hudson Street, which Zagat once cavalierly called "La Ripoff" -- Actually the place is quite good, as this happy family demonstrates (click if you want to see how cute the toddler is)
Eager restaurateurs scrambled to scrub off their sidewalk tables and fling them outdoors today, as an unseasonal heat wave (71 degrees!) brought Villagers out of their dark apartments in search of a seat in the sun, where they basked like Aztec gods.
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