Where To Find the Most Instagrammable NYC Outdoor Dining Downtown

New York City has approved 9700 restaurants for outdoor dining permits. And I am so amused with and grateful for all the creative NYC outdoor dining options that have taken over the streets and sidewalks!  Are you?  Because we’re all navigating the many options for the first time, I thought it would be helpful to round-up the best, most Instagramable outdoor dining options.  For this post, I’ll concentrate on the downtown area south of 14th Street since that’s what I’m most familiar with. Read on and share this with someone who would enjoy!  And stay tuned by subscribing to the blog since I’ll continue to add on on a weekly basis!!

  1.  The Greens
    For epic Brooklyn and Brooklyn Bridge views plus the cutest socially distanced greens, check out this brand new Pier 17 spot.  Perfect for lounging while watching the sunset, they offer both food and rentable games. Each 14’x14′ private green space comes with an umbrella, Yeti cooler, USB charging port and lounge chairs. south street seaport, the greens, ampia rooftop, best nyc rooftop, best nyc outdoor dining, financial center restaurants, where to eat nyc, instagrammable nycampia rooftop, best nyc rooftop, best nyc outdoor dining, financial center restaurants, where to eat nyc, instagrammable nyc, the greensYou bring the fun.  open daily 11am-11pm.
    89 South Street
  2. Malibu Farmampia rooftop, best nyc rooftop, best nyc outdoor dining, financial center restaurants, where to eat nyc, instagrammable nyc, malibu farmThis outdoor dining spot is perfect for all weather days being that it is completely covered. We actually had lunch during a rainstorm here and were still able to enjoy getting out of the house and people watching. ampia rooftop, best nyc rooftop, best nyc outdoor dining, best nyc restaurants, farm to table nyc, where to eat nyc, instagrammable nycThey’re known for their farm fresh, healthy CA foods but I will forever remember them for their decadent chocolate cake. Salivating now just thinking about it!!
    89 South Street
  3. Ampia Rooftopampia rooftop, best nyc rooftop, best nyc outdoor dining, financial center restaurants, where to eat nyc, instagrammable nycI’m definitely returning to this Financial district newbie for their truffled gnocchi ‘cuz it was that good. But there is so much goodness on their Southern Italian menu that would bring anyone back..not to mention the city views and these cute greenhouse type social distancing spots!
    100 Broad St.
  4. Cipriani Wall StreetCipriani boasts a 2nd floor – level, balcony that overlooks the famed Wall Street.  We recently celebrated our wedding anniversary there (it’s the perfect fancy place to celebrate an occasion).  And we enjoyed the music, view and safe social distancing measures.
    55 Wall Street
  5. The Fultonthe fulton, south street seaport restaurants, best nyc restaurant, nyc restaurant with a view, waterfront dining nyc, jean georgesRelatively new to the scene, this Jean-Georges, celebrity chef restaurant is right on the water in South Street Seaport and is another special occasion spot given the higher prices and fabulous view.south street seaport, the fulton nyc, south street seaport restaurants, most instagrammable nyc89 South Street
  6. Liberty Bistro (formerly Beaubourg Brasserie at Brookfield Place) brasserie nyc, brookfield place restaurants, brookfield place, most instagramable nyc, nyc outdoor dining, best outdoor dining nyc, waterfront dining nycHere you can feast on French and “new NY” food with a view of the water, spy the statue of Liberty and take a post-dinner stroll through an area of Manhattan that feels more like a resort town than a bustling city.  This neighborhood is my absolute, favorite sunset watching area in NY and it’s a must-see even if you don’t dine here, there are tons of restaurant options outdoors.  brasserie nyc, brookfield place restaurants, brookfield place, most instagramable nyc, nyc outdoor dining, best outdoor dining nyc, waterfront dining nyc, beaubourg225 Liberty Street
  7. Grupo Gitano grupo gitano restaurant, best outdoor dining nyc, most instagramable nyc, garden of loveThis 24,000 sq. ft palm-tree filled lush outdoor space will whisk you away to Tulum, MX.
    gitano, nyc restaurant, garden of love restaurant, instagrammable nyc, best outdoor dining nycFeatured in Vogue Magazine as a must-hit hot spot, you’ll love the feeling of traveling without the ticket.  And their fully automated ordering system will comfort any covid19 scare.most instagrammable nyc, outdoor dining nyc, best outdoor dining nyc, most instagrammable nyc dining, garden of love, grupo gitano76 Varick Street (Just north of Canal)
  8. Nomo Kitchen at the Nomo SoHo HotelIf you’re into farm-to table cuisine, you’ll really appreciate this upscale New American restaurant at the Nomo hotel. Dining al fresco will feel extra New York when surrounded by cool street art and while being canopied by twinkling lights. They’re now open 8am -10apm.  Make sure to grab a cocktails while there!
    9 Crosby Street

Did you see anything you liked and now need to add to your bucket list?  Is there anything you think I should add as I update this post?  Please tell me in the comments below.  And please SHARE this post with someone you’d love to dine outdoors with! Remember, October 31 is when NY is scheduled to end its outdoor dining program so there’s still some time to check these places out!

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NYC street art – where to find the most colorful one-stop collection

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If you’re a street art lover like me, read on! This is one must-see spot where you’ll find TONS of amazing NYC street art all in one easy-to-get-to location. Want a one-stop spot for all your instagram content and selfies? This is it. Downtown ‘Mural Project at the Financial District’s 2WTC and 3WTC (where the South Tower stood prior to 9/11) is the place to go in New York.   

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Make sure to walk the entire Oculus Plaza between Fulton & Vesey Sts and Greenwich & Church Street in order not to miss a thing!

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It is the site where the South Tower stood until September 11.  And it was purposely made to be a bright, colorful and happy spot to offer hope and a moment of relief quietly countering its tragic history.  The World Trade Center memorial and museum are just steps away and many come here afterwards to regain perspective and find peace.

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I’m sure it brightens everyone’s mood because it makes us happy every time we pass by! It certainly served as a source of inspiration and joy during our lockdown period.  This is me finally leaving the front door during phase 1 of NY’s lockdown. haha

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They have such fun art that kids can relate to too!  Trust me, if you love NYC street art, visit this place.  Kids of all ages will be wow-ed!  It’s very relatable art.  nyc street art, wtc, world trade center, nyc blogger, instagramable nyc, nyc mural art, fidi nyc

Isn’t the scale of all this art just jaw-dropping? 

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Featuring murals from artists such as Todd GrayHektadBoogieRezStickymongerBoogieRez and husband & wife team Chinon Maria and Sebastian Mitre this one location will give you the best sampling in NY street art.  

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The large-scale mural project surrounds the stunning Oculus which hovers proudly nearby.

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This structure is such a tourist attraction.  Can you see why?  Don’t forget to go inside for shops, eateries and the most modern subway terminal ever.

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You’ll definitely want some pictures with this skeletal and architectural masterpiece while there!

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These WTC Murals were organized by Silverstein Properties in partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who wanted more than a construction site featuring corrugated metal. nyc street art, wtc, world trade center, nyc blogger, instagramable nyc, nyc mural art, fidi nyc, oculus nycI’m so thankful for their vision.  Don’t you just love the NYC street art that resulted??

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I found the below piece especially moving during the Black Lives Matter Movement.

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Which mural is YOUR favorite??

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NOTE:  It’s conveniently located right off the at the World Trade Center which means all the below trains, bus and Path station lead to it.

For more of my NYC street art round-ups, click here.

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