Dining Alfresco- NYC


If you’re anything like my friends and I, all summer long, you send and receive texts- where should I go to eat and sit outside?

I’ve compiled some of my favorite spots to dine outdoors around the city.

Gemma- Bowery Hotel
See and be seen. Outdoor tables along the Bowery. Delicious, easy, Italian.
Must try: Focaccia Robiola, Truffled Polenta Fries, Rigatoni with prosciutto, peas and cream

TRE- Lower East Side
Charming garden in the back. Reasonable, tasty Italian.
Must try: Melanzane alla Parmigiana, Caprino Croccante

Osteria Cotta- Upper West Side
Street side tables. Delicious pizzas
Must try: Brussel Sprout pizza, Ricotta and Pesto crostini

Gran Electrica- Dumbo, BK
Outdoor garden. Intimate. Delicious tacos and margaritas.
Must try: Guacamole, Ceviche, Margarita Eléctrica
*Great spot to visit after walking across the BK Bridge!

Home- West Village
Outdoor garden. Rustic, cozy, simple.
Must try: Mussels, homemade ketchup, blue cheese fondue, Mac and cheese.

Palma- West Village
Outdoor patio, Romantic. Authentic Italian food.
Must try: Homemade pastas, Risotto bites, Meatballs

Tre Otto- Upper East Side
Charming garden. Cozy, authentic Italian food.
Must try: Homemade pastas, Fresh pizzas and salads

The Standard- Meatpacking District
Classic NY. Street side bistro. Great for brunch
Must try: Buttermilk Pancakes, BLT turkey club, Raw Bar

I would love to know any favorites of yours!



It’s been quite awhile since I’ve found myself on here! Life has been a whirlwind lately of finishing up wedding planning (3 weeks to go!), celebrating, being a bachelorette in San Juan, and attending a wonderful Bridal Shower thrown for moi. I will be sharing highlights of all this soon!

My kitchen has been quiet on the new recipe front, not much time for trying new things- I’ve been sticking to quick old faithfuls that I can make effortlessly. But I do have a lemon sugar cookie recipe coming up that I made around Easter time, they were delicious so I must share.

We leave for ITALY the Monday after our wedding and I have been busy shopping, reading up on restaurants and planning fun things to do while we are traveling. Rome-Florence-Capri-Positano-Ravello: suggestions, must-do’s, thoughts, please do share in the comment section!

I’m finally at a point where everything is pretty much done for the big day. It’s a great feeling to finally be ready to sit back and get excited to become a Mrs.!

Spring has been kind of iffy here in New York, but I’ll leave you with a pretty shot of the flowers lining Park Avenue, so quintessential.