Since most of my clients elope in the morning Monday through Friday, they want to have lunch right after to celebrate and often turn to me for suggestions. One of the great joys of New York City in the spring is al fresco dining, so here I've rounded up my official picks for a romantic noontime meal outside to celebrate your newly married status.
My requirements for this list was that a place that
is open for lunch,
has outdoor seating, and
has sparkling wine on the menu. I firmly believe in champagne toasts.
In addition, a place has to have a wonderful feel to it; not too fancy, not too casual. Happy dining!
Narcissa The Standard Hotel, 25 Cooper Square
This cozy spot is attached to the Standard Hotel. The menu is California cuisine and you can sit on their beautifully decorated patio.
Lunch is served from 11:30 until 3pm.
Hudson Clearwater 447 Hudson Street
“We must have the wrong place!” you’ll exclaim, looking frantically for some sort of signage confirming you’ve found it.
There is no sign.
I’m not sure if I’ll get in trouble with the other New Yorkers for telling you this, but Hudson Clearwater is kind of a hidden gem; the door is around the side; it’s green on bright red painted brick. Push it open - just trust me! - and go through the garden to get to the dining room to check in. You can then request a patio table for one of the most romantic spots I’ve ever dined in.
Breakfast is served from 7:30 until 11:30 and lunch is served from 12 until 3.
Tartine 253 West 11th Street
New Yorkers are split on this place; I love it. Some say it’s cramped but I think it’s cozy. Some say it’s annoying to have to BYOB, but I enjoy the experience of picking my own prosecco and taking it with me to eat. The venue is cash only, but that’s no bother, and the wait is never as long as they tell you it’s going to be. The food is delicious and very filling. Plan for a nap afterward.
Alexandra Restaurant 445 Hudson Street
It’s loud inside, but the tables outdoors are just right for people watching and marveling at your new rings.
They serve breakfast starting at 8am and don’t close until midnight.
Loeb Boat House Central Park
The ultimate New York City dining experience. Park yourself next to the lake and enjoy the view of row boats from this iconic al fresco dining deck. Yes, this is where Carrie fell into the pond to avoid an awkward kiss with Mr. Big. Please don't fall in, too.
Lunch is served from 12 - 4pm, and outdoors weather permitting.