You know that first sunny day when you can finally brunch on the sidewalk? Well, we’re not quite there yet.
In the meantime, opt for restaurants that just make you feel like you’re dining outside.
Bottino Not only is the (excellent) Tuscan Italian spot right next to the High Line, it also has an airy back garden that’s glass-enclosed and heated in the winter. (Try the orecchiette.) 246 Tenth Ave. (between 24th and 25th sts.); 212-206-6766 or bottinonyc.com
NoMad Get your fill of natural light by reserving a table beneath the peaked glass roof of the atrium room--best enjoyed over a breakfast of chicken hash. 1170 Broadway (at 28th St.); 212-796-1500 or thenomadhotel.com
Gramercy Tavern Known just as much for its foyer flowers as its smoked trout, there’s a reason it’s still on everyone’s must-try lists. (In-house florist Roberta Bendavid has tended to the arrangements daily since it opened 19 years ago.) 42 E. 20th St. (between Broadway and Park Ave. S.); 212-477-0777 or gramercytavern.com
Opa Souvlaki What this Astoria Greek joint lacks in fanciness, it makes up for in absolute charm. Live vines hanging from the rafters give it a relaxed patio vibe, while you nosh on traditional spanakopita, gyros and the like. You’ll swear you’ve died and gone to Mykonos. 2844 31st. (at 30th Ave.), Astoria; 718-728-3638 or opa-souvlaki.com