The 5 Best Outdoor Restaurants in SoHo for Spring Season

Written By Jackie Eisenberg

There are so many awesome things about spring. The weather is warming, the birds are chirping, sundresses are back in. But the most exciting of all is the sight of tables popping up on the sidewalks outside SoHo’s restaurants. We know what that means — outdoor dining is back at it again.

Whether we’re brunching, snacking or enjoying happy hour, we can’t wait to minimize our apps, shut down our phones and chow down outside. Here are the best al fresco SoHo eateries.

La Esquina

la esquina

If you’re looking for an amazing taco this season, La Esquina is the spot to hit. This eatery, located on the corner of Kenmare Street between Centre and Lafayette, offers both on-the-go service and inside dining. If you’re the type of person who needs to get the perfect Instagram picture when you go out, don’t worry – the interior design will not let you down. You can find retro Mexican wall tiles, quirky light fixtures, and exposed brickwork throughout the building. Your late night mexican cravings will never be disappointed.

Once Upon A Tart

once upon a tart

This French bakery is a little piece of Paris that you can find on Sullivan Street.  The homely, quiet atmosphere makes Once Upon A Tart a great place to wind down after a long day. They pride themselves with only using local natural ingredients but especially take pride in their flaky, delicious tarts! When making a decision about your order, make sure to get a taste of the cranberry apple tart. C’est maginifique!

Jimmy at The James New York


Why go to a regular bar when you can sip SoHo’s finest – 18 stories above ground. Located on the rooftop of The James Hotel, this swanky bar offers the finest variety of specialty cocktails and wine. Mojito. You can also take a dip in their state of the art pool while you enjoy an exquisite view of the Manhattan skyline. And, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try their exotic Grilled Pineapple.

Jack’s Wife Freda


This Lafayette Street restaurant specializes in Mediterranean fare, as well as a killer brunch. Its outdoor seating consists of a bunch of small, round tables with green folding chairs underneath the restaurant’s matching signature green, white and yellow-striped awning. Most patrons recommend the green shakshuka, an Israeli baked egg dish in a green chili sauce, with challah French toast. Make sure you place reservations ahead of time, because it is hard to find seating there. So chill out with your pals while noshing on these delectable dishes in the fresh air.



There’s nothing like a fresh mini pizza on a nice spring night. On the border of SoHo and Little Italy, restaurant-goers will find some of the highest quality Italian meals in the city. Even better, Piacere’s outdoor seating features firm wooden tables and chairs, mirroring the searing hot wood-burning oven they use to make their famous pizzas. Choose between 14 different pizzas, as well as a myriad of pasta and vegetable dishes.