The Gr-Eat Outdoors

by Julie Besonen, 06/05/2013

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  • For all of New York City's concrete, there are still oases of calm where you feel you've fallen off the grid. Now is the time to seek out restaurants with backyard patios, leafy enclosures where you're away from traffic and life slows down. The wood-fired fare at August and the raw vegan creations at Pure Food and Wine taste even better outdoors. Alfresco tables at Quartino Bottega Organica and Da Nico can be as blood pressure–reducing as a trip to Italy, while the expansive courtyards at B Bar & Grill and The Park are happening places to model your cool summer fashions. Speaking of fashionable, there's always Brooklyn, where you'll find outdoor alcoves at a number of the borough's hippest places, including Do or Dine, The Pines, Roberta's and DuMont. Check out our slideshow for details on our other favorite patches of paradise.

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