It’s summertime and the living is oh-so-alfresco. Don’t spend a second more inside than you have to: When it’s time to eat, grab a seat on the street!
• Warm weather in New York also means that the North River Lobster Company is open! This three-floor floating lobster shack can host some 450 guests, and newly expanded bars on all levels add to the fun (as do the lobster tacos, a raw bar menu and signature cocktails served in mason jars). A good time is guaranteed for all. Pier 81, W. 41st St. & the Hudson River, 212.630.8831
• If you are looking for a light snack in an outdoor spot both rustic and hip, then you might want to head over to The Pod Café at the Pod 51 Hotel. Long wooden tables and hanging string lights give the space an authentic backyard feel. Order a glass of wine and a French pastry at the café window, pull up a bench and chill. 230 E. 51st St., 212.355.0300
• The Garden by David Burke Kitchen at the James is an instant visual treat, with its lush trees and plants that encircle the views of Lower Manhattan. But for treats of the edible nature you will want to come hungry: The menu offers creative table shares such as lobster dumplings with coconut fennel cream, and tomato and eggplant in a ricotta “jar.” For main courses, you can try soft-shell crab BLTs, the black sea bass with baby spinach and shiitake or a generous steak sandwich with brie and caramelized onion: All have the “oh, so yum” factor. 27 Grand St., 212.465.2000