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Dear Brunch Gang: Post-brunch outdoor spots

By on September 2, 2011

Dear Brunch Gang,

A group of us are going to brunch over Labor Day weekend. Since the summer is on the way out (so sad), we want to take advantage of the weather and spend some time outside. Any recommendations for a post-brunch outdoor hangout to keep the party going?

Thanks,
Party On

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Dear Party On,

The Gang is bummed summer is ending as well, but just because the season is coming to an end doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the city’s outdoor spots well into fall. The city is filled with beer gardens, roof decks and patios where you and your friends can knock back a few after a delicious brunch.

The Frying Pan is one of the best outdoor bars in the city. Docked on the Hudson River, the boat bar has a beautiful view and a welcome breeze in the sticky summer sun. It can get crowded on nice days, but the boat is spacious enough for smaller groups or large parties to enjoy the one-of-a-kind experience. FoodParc, an outdoor plaza connecting 29th and 30th St. near Sixth Avenue, has been transformed into BeerParc for the summer and likely fall. The 12,000-square-foot space has lots of benches and tables where you can park yourself in front of the 34-foot screen to watch a Yankees or Mets game after purchasing some grub and brew from one of the stands scattered about the plaza.

Victoria & Steph at Studio Square

It seems like beer gardens are popping up all over the city these days. From the classic Bohemian Hall in Astoria to Birreria, the new haunt on the roof of Mario Batali’s Eataly, you can’t go wrong at any of these establishments. Beer gardens are made for large groups, as they usually have tons of long picnic tables, where you can booze it up, play cards and just enjoy being outside. Some beer gardens even have entertainment and live bands! Other notables include Berry Park in Williamsburg, Zeppelin Hall in Jersey City, Studio Square in Long Island City and The Standard Biergarten in the Meatpacking District.

If you’re not in the boozing mood, you can always go to one of the city’s many parks. Throw down a blanket and nap off that big meal and all those mimosas or run barefoot in the grass and kick around a soccer ball. Even though we’re in the middle of a big city, we still have grassy knolls to enjoy, like Central Park, Hudson River Park and Riverside Park!

Enjoy the sunshine,
Brunch Gang

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