Outdoor Dining Guide: Williamsburg’s Best Restaurant Gardens and Rooftop Bars

Outdoor Dining in Williamsburg Brooklyn

Williamsburg’s restaurant and bar scene is hard to beat, especially in the warm weather when the party moves outside. From the sidewalk cafe tables and back garden patios to rooftop bars with inspiring views, the neighborhood offers endless opportunities for outdoor dining. Here are our favorite places to dine or drink al fresco.

Rosarito Fish Shack: (shown above) What’s better on a hot day than an iced margarita and a shaded spot to watch the world go by? That’s what you’ll find at this hotspot with seaside flare. The Latin-inspired menu offers mostly small-plate items (not large portions) like fish tacos ($9), lobster cheviche ($16), and mussels in chorizo agave sauce ($12). (168 Wythe Ave.; Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-388-8833; L Subway to Bedford Ave. or East River Ferry to N. Williamsburg; Website: http://rosaritofishshack.com.)

Juliette: From street level, you may not notice that this stylish French bistro with a small section of sidewalk seating also boasts a lovely rooftop terrace—perfect for a warm afternoon or evening. Stay cool with a refreshing cocktail called French 75 (a blend of gin, sparkling wine, lemon and sugar, $12), and for a light lunch try the warm green lentil salad (with root vegetables, persillade and goat cheese, $10).  (135 North 5th St., between Berry Ave. and Bedford Ave.; Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-388-9222; Subway: L to Bedford Ave.; Website: http://www.juliettewilliamsburg.com.)

Outdoor Dining Williamsburg - Juliette

Berry Park: Seating is a hot commodity at Berry Park’s rooftop terrace bar—one of the best in the area, offering city skyline views, an attractive crowd, draft beer, and bar food in a basket. Arrive early, bring your friends, and plan to stay a while. (4 Berry St., off McCarren Park, Williamsburg/Greenpoint, Brooklyn, 718-782-2829; cash only; Subway: L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.)

Spritzenhaus: If you can’t score a seat at Berry Park’s rooftop bar, try this nearby beer garden with ample seating that opens out to the sidewalk. Although not the most peaceful place—the crowd is often loud with a college party mentality, it can be a fun place throw back a stein of German beer on a hot Saturday.  (33 Nassau Ave., off McCarren Park, Williamsburg/Greenpoint, Brooklyn; Subways: L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.; Website: http://www.spritzenhaus33.com.)

Morgane: On the Southern end of Bedford Ave., a few blocks past Grand St., you’ll find Morgane, a classic French cafe with a gorgeous backyard jardin. Come for brunch and try the Eggs Florentine (with spinach, roasted potatoes, hollandaise, $12) or the decadent French Toast (served with fresh fruit, $12). (340 Bedford Ave., between South 2nd St. and South 3rd St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 347-599-0699; Website: http://morganerestaurant.com.)

The Ides Bar at the Wythe Hotel: A rooftop bar on the 6th floor of the hip Wythe Hotel, The Ides attracts a steady crowd eager to take in the impressive skyline views, strong cocktails, and much-hyped spot. Seating is scarce, and at busy hours you may have to queue up to get in. Avoid the weekend crowds and stop by on a weekday. (80 Wythe Ave., near North 12th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-460-8000; Subway: L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.)

Wiiliamsburg Brooklyn Rooftop Bars - The Ides
The Ides Rooftop Bar at the Wythe Hotel

Crown Victoria: Tucked away on a quiet residential block, you’ll find this gem of a bar known as “The Crown Vic.” In warmer months, the loyal crowd of low-key hipsters leave the cozy pub-like interior and head out to the picnic tables in the large outdoor lot. The space has a beachy feel, ample seating, games like bocce and badminton, and occasionally a Sunday pig roast. The menu features burgers, fish and chips, sandwiches, and brunch favorites. (60 South 2nd St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 917-719-6072; Website: http://www.crownvicbar.com.)

Aurora: This Tuscan-inspired restaurant has a charming, vine-covered outdoor dining area. Reserve a table for the popular weekend brunch, or come for dinner and try one of their homemade pastas. (70 Grand St., between Wythe Ave. and Kent Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-388-5100; Cash only, L subway to Bedford Ave.; Website: http://www.auroraristorante.com.)

Wiiliamsburg Brooklyn Outdoor Dining - Maison Premiere
Maison Premiere’s back garden

Maison Premiere: The enchanting garden terrace of this sophisticated bistro makes a great spot for a date. Throw in some oysters and perhaps a glass of prosecco… and who knows. (298 Bedford Ave., between South 2nd St. and South 1st St., Williamsburg; 347-335-0446; Website: http://maisonpremiere.com.)

Rabbithole: Another southside favorite, Rabbithole charms with old-timey touches like rich wood planked floors, tin ceiling, and a delightful backyard garden. Friendly bearded waiters carry out nicely-prepared entrees like pan-seared salmon and potato gnocci, as well as delicious salads, brunch, and vegetarian options. (352 Bedford Ave., near South 4th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-782-0910; L subway to Bedford Ave. or J/M subway to Marcy Ave.; Website: http://rabbitholerestaurant.com.
Battery Harris Caribbean bar restaurant in Williamsburg - rooftop bar
Battery Harris

Battery Harris: Dig that Caribbean vibe? Put on your best summery tank-top (perhaps with a palm tree on it) and head to Battery Harris’ tranquil shaded patio. Chill out in a beach chair while enjoying a tasty jerk chicken (or tofu) sandwich ($14). Wash it down with a cold brew or a refreshing frozen drink like the Dark and Stormy (toasted five-spice ginger reduction, lime, rum). (64 Frost St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-384-8900; Subway: L to Lorimer St. or G to Metropolitan; Website: http://www.batteryharris.com.)


Photo credits with Flickr Creative Commons rights reserved under license: from top, Juliette: Annette Bouvain, Nita Nita: Pauline Pechin, The Ides: ChrisGoldNY