One of the crucial steps in becoming a New Yorker is redefining your conception of the great outdoors. There’s no doubt that it can be tough out there—in a city this packed, there’s only so much space for folks to throw down a picnic blanket in the grass (witness the throwing of ‘bows on sunny weekends in Central Park), and private rooftop bars and pools simply play into NYC’s “haves and have-nots” dichotomy.
Thankfully, all is not lost for casual sun-seekers who just want to get out of their box-size, AC-deficient apartments to eat and drink in the open air. From sleek beer gardens to ramshackle backyard dives and oasis-like restaurant gardens, there are plenty of awesome places to hang out when the weather warms up. To help you get ready for summer, here are 25 First We Feast-approved outdoor restaurants, bars, and al fresco food markets.