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Best new outdoor dining spots in New York City

The sun on your face, a glass of wine in your hand... Does it get much better?

A plate of delicious food, too, maybe?

Here are the best new places to enjoy a bite or a beverage in NYC.

Santina

Major Food Group's new restaurant Santina sits in
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Major Food Group's new restaurant Santina sits in the shadow of both the High Line and the new Whitney Museum and yet shines brightly and beckons passersby with equal force. And that's without talking about the food! Lush plantings, brightly-colored umbrellas and a sparkling outdoor bar are very attractive, indeed. And once you're seated, enjoy a tiki cocktail and some gorgeous plates of refreshing and vegetable-forward food. Perfect summertime stuff. 820 Washington St., santinanyc.com

Birds & Bubbles

Sarah Simmons opened her temple to fried chicken
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Sarah Simmons opened her temple to fried chicken and champagne in September of last year. People have gone bananas on the crispy chicken and lines are likely to get even bigger now that the comfortable and chic outdoor patio is open. No reservations are accepted for these coveted seats, which are tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Lower East Side and are charming thanks to the overhead beams and strings of lights. Fried chicken is meant to be eaten outside! 100B Forsyth St., birdsandbubbles.com

Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Dominique Ansel Kitchen just opened this week with
Photo Credit: Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Dominique Ansel Kitchen just opened this week with a outdoor, sidewalk seating and to come later this season, a soft serve ice cream window. Can you think of anything dreamier (or sweeter?) Everything at DAK is ordered at the counter and brought to a table, and the same rule applies to outdoor seating. Trust us, these will be hot tables all summer long. 137 Seventh Ave. South, dominiqueanselkitchen.com

Lolo's Seafood Shack, Harlem

Lolo's Seafood Shack, the Caribbean/Cape Cod-style seafood restaurant
Photo Credit: Lolo's Seafood Shack

Lolo's Seafood Shack, the Caribbean/Cape Cod-style seafood restaurant in Harlem, features a "secret" outdoor space. Venture to the blue-green deck and colorful tables to be transported to the beach, with seafood staples like steamers and soft shell crabs on the menu. 303 W. 116th St., Manhattan, opens at noon daily, lolosseafoodshack.com

Berg'n

Berg'n opened at the end of last summer
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Berg'n opened at the end of last summer and this summer they are ready for all the hungry foodies who will want to eat Asia Dogs and Pizza Moto outdoors. A patio is now open off the main space, with seating in the sun. See you there. 899 Bergen St., Crown Heights. bergn.com

Pardon My French

Pardon My French is a new bistro in
Photo Credit: Pardon My French

Pardon My French is a new bistro in Alphabet City that specializes in family-style, small plates dining. Enjoy dishes like beef tartare with barley chips and fresh mushrooms, Creole-style cod fritters, Dungeness crab and potato cakes, chicken tagine and seafood casserole al fresco in the back patio. Flowers and cocktails outside with French bites? Yes, please and ASAP. 103 Ave. B, pmf.nyc

Le District

This rendering shows what the outdoor seating at
Photo Credit: Le District

This rendering shows what the outdoor seating at the new French food hall and marketplace Le District will likely look like when it opens come Memorial Day weekend. (Exact date pending.) With seating on and massive views of the Hudson River, and food from the Beaubourg restaurant inside Le District, we're guessing this will be an 'it' spot of the summer. 225 Liberty St., ledistrict.com

Sixty-Five at the Rainbow Room

This wraparound lounge located at the top of
Photo Credit: Facebook / The Rainbow Room

This wraparound lounge located at the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza boasts impressive views and Rainbow Room class. Enjoy a classic New York City cocktail and small plates while taking in the breezy air that can only be found sky-high above NYC. (Note: no T-shirts, hoodies, sneakers, baseball caps or sportswear. CLASSY, PEOPLE.) 30 Rockefeller Plaza, rainbowroom.com

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