The weather saluted Labor Day’s signal that summer is over–or at least it gave us a reprieve from the stifling humidity of last weekend. And while we welcome the cooler temps, these days remind us that sweater season is really just around the corner. Before it comes, though, we’ll be basking in rays on some of our favorite patios around town, enjoying the fact that we’re no longer slaves to our air conditioners. Here are five places we might head this weekend.
Fritzl’s Lunch Box, 173 Irving Avenue, Brooklyn
Glittering strands of lights hung over the top of this expansive backyard deck make this an excellent place to gather friends for a long, lazy dinner supplemented by plenty of wine or beer. But this quiet oasis–which is littered with tables dressed in the sorts of tablecloths you’d expect at a Midwestern picnic–is also shady, which means you can post up here with a beer and a book during the day. Did we mention you should order the burger? You should order the burger.
Biang!, 41-10 Main Street, Queens
If you need more reason to adventure out to Flushing, let Biang’s backyard be your push. This fenced in patio bedecked with picnic tables is reminiscent of a beer garden, and it’s a nice setting for slurping down face-meltingly spicy hand-pulled noodles (Biang is a sibling of the Xi’an Famous Foods chain, and these noodles are practically identical) before you drink a six-pack of crisp Asian beer.
Spuyten Duyvil, 359 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
More like a sprawling backyard than a neatly trimmed patio, this spot, understandably, can get packed. It’s worth keeping a vigilant eye out for a spot at a picnic table, though, where you’ll have no trouble whiling away the hours. Keep yourself entertained well into the evening by drinking your way through the bar’s massive beer list, a menu that’s steeped in interesting selections both on tap and in bottle. And if you get hungry–and don’t mind lines–you could head over to another patio, this one at Fette Sau, for some ‘cue.
Battery Harris, 64 Frost Street, Brooklyn
Taking over a former beer garden certainly has some perks–this Caribbean joint, which opened this summer on the north side of Williamsburg, boasts a massive outdoor space. Grab a seat at one of the long tables to socialize, snuggle into a two-top on the elevated deck with a date, or catch Sunday football from the outdoor seats that line the bar. We’d recommend completing the experience with a frozen drink and an order of patties.
La Villette, 10 Downing Street
Set back from a busy Manhattan corner, this patio is a good spot to feel simultaneously removed from and part of it all–and it’s easier to find a table here than it should be. Sip a glass of rose and nibble charcuterie while you watch passersby on Sixth Avenue, and toast the beginning of a new season.