Outdoor Dining NYC Way Attracts Increasing Numbers


by Casandra Cotton


Food lovers all over seem to be in one voice about eating outdoors. For reasons that cannot be fully explained grub seems to be tastier when eaten in the open air. Outdoor dining NYC styles have been no different as residents this summertime have, for a lucky few, taken to eating in their back yards. For the rest it was verandas or onto apartment rooftops.

Possibly fresh air stimulates brain receptors in the tasting department or the effect of direct light from the sun and the contribution this makes to the atmosphere. Barbecue, freshly grilled sea food or a humble hot dog, Irrespective there seems to be accord, whatever it is being eaten, it is tastier when eaten in the open.

The people of Italy gave us the words al fresco which immediately fills the minds of some people with visions and smells of delectable cooking. In the circumstances of food it is best interpreted basically as the act of eating outside. The peoples of America seem to have allocated this term exclusively to eating establishments that make this their forte. As trends have developed the idea has become almost a specialized eating out concept. As so often is the case New York leads the way by offering a range of top al fresco institutions to residents and visitors alike.

The Manhattan riverside is an unforgettable locality to enjoy dining in the outdoors and mesmeric views of the famous East River. Reports have been circulated of patrons, lost in the idyllic surroundings, who have forgotten to place their orders. A new innovation is the development of a picnic-type seating plan that creates a close and sharing atmosphere amongst diners.

Lovers of roof top restaurants will be delighted with the choices available in Manhattan's Fifth Avenue region. The objective seems to be outside or bust and restaurateurs will provide either an enormous umbrella, no matter for the heat or the wet, or heaters for when it cools down. They certainly try hard to satisfy the yearning to eat outside no matter what the weather. Of course the food is amazing, particularly the Malay.

The ultimate combination of enjoying food and the outdoors has to be to dine on a yacht while cruising around the city waterways and harbor. This luxury offers not only outstanding cuisine, wines, musical entertainment and ambiance but allows strolls around the decks, sightseeing and even try some dancing while New York simply just slides by.

For some an urban outside eating experience has to be the real original thing. This means eating at sidewalk level where you can see, hear and sometimes smell the traffic. The Meat Packing District is an excellent example of this and is named after the many meat distribution companies that had their depots in this area. There are few of these remaining but what does remain is the real New York street level feel where one could almost reach out and touch passing pedestrians. This is the true hustle and bustle of the city type of feeling, and once again there is no shortage of venues or choice of food.

The pressure of time, budget and opportunity dictate that often outdoor meals take place within the confines of patios or balconies. Outdoor dining NYC fashion is thriving and very able to cater for those times when the occasion leads diners to venture out further.




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