As the real estate market goes in Manhattan versus Brooklyn, the same applies to restaurant space: In Brooklyn there tend to be more spacious restaurants, which can translate into greater outdoor spaces.
With spring temperatures in the forecast, here are Clean Plates’ picks for restaurants with spaces under the open Brooklyn sky to tantalize more than your taste buds.
Stone Park Café
Inventive seasonal cuisine with house-made pasta in Park Slope | 324 5th Ave.
“An outdoor patio calls for balmy summer nights… Stone Park Café masters the concept of being able to adapt to your mood. Feeling like bold flavors? Pair a small plate of grilled octopus with chorizo, fingerling potatoes and preserved lemon with a main dish of a center cut pork chop with smoked cranberry beans, spaghetti squash and braised mustard seed.” Read our full review.
Locavore standby for Park Slope crowd in Flatbush | 76 St. Marks Ave.
“Flatbush Farm’s outdoor backyard garden dining area is beautiful. It belongs in a fairytale. The indoor dining room is classy and comfortable with strategic wall lighting and 19th century furniture, but sit outside if you can… High trestle walls encompass a vast outdoor dining space that feels simultaneously intimate and like being at a great party. Anything would taste good there.” Read our full review.
Roebling Tea Room
Open communal café with outdoor space in Williamsburg |143 Roebling St.
Enjoy “tasty dishes that feature relatively exotic vegetable combinations and robust seasoning” outside at the charming Roebling Tea Room. Expect organic meats as well as flexitarian options and “creative Greenmarket dishes,” reviewer Allix Geneslaw writes. Read our full review.
Friendly café with superb flavorful fare in South Williamsburg | 346 Bedford Ave.
“A varied menu full of guilt-free, healthy, flavorful options along with the spacious tables and outdoor seating all combine for a welcoming, fuss-free atmosphere.” Affordable Simple Café cooks up “items so craving-worthy you will be drawn to return,” reviewer Jessica Colley writes. Read our full review.
Rustic locavore Italian in South Williamsburg | 70 Grand St.
“Dining at Aurora is nice. The outdoor garden is quaint, and the staff is friendly and unassuming. The food is good to great, comfortable, authentic-feeling Italian — you almost won’t miss that Amalfi sunset.” Read our full review.
Heath Ledger’s café & oyster bar in Greenpoint | 18 Bedford Ave.
Enjoy Australian comfort food at this Greenpoint corner hot spot. “Five Leaves has mastered the art of the first impression: charming outdoor tables, a corner location, the unusual 20s era boiler-room door to the WC.” Read our full review.
Nile Valley Eco-Juice & Salad Bar
Smoothies, salads and live dishes in Boerum Hill |138 Willoughby St.
Located in Downtown Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market, the juice and salad bar operates out of an old shipping container, like the other storefronts here. Order from 100 percent vegan options including juices, smoothies, Jamaican patties, salads, wraps, burgers and raw food made with local organic produce. Grab a picnic table to nosh and people-watch or take a walk around the outdoor market. Read our full review.
Southern comfort meets Mediterranean in Carroll Gardens | 126 Union St.
Expect genuine, relaxed service. Clean Plates reviewer Megan Murphy sat outside with house-baked focaccia bread with herb butter, “thick white asparagus spears topped with a perfectly poached egg,” and “a beautifully balanced salad of sweet watermelon chunks, mild-flavored feta cheese and tangy balsamic vinegar over peppery watercress.” Read our full review.
The General Greene
Rustic seasonal with small-batch grocery in Fort Greene | 229 Dekalb Ave.
“The General Greene, a quiet and casual Fort Greene eatery, offers dressed-down complexity and depth from the thoughtfully sourced menu to the outdoor organic ice cream stand, to the adjoining grocery store offering local, handcrafted products and prepared foods.” Read our full review.
Image courtesy of Five Leaves.