5 Alfresco Pizza Spots in NYC to Enjoy All Summer Long

‘Tis the season for dining outdoors! Check out these five delicious NYC pizza joints and sit-down pizzerias with some of the best outdoor spots for basking in the sun while you wait as your pizza bakes. 🍕 😎  

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Roberta’s Pizzeria in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Roberta’s Pizza – Bushwick, Brooklyn

Head to Roberta’s for some of the best pizza in the borough. They also happen to have one of the most happening hangout scenes — day or night. Expect a wait, but you can head to the backyard and linger with drinks as you wait for your pizza. The pizza’s pretty thin too, so it won’t hurt to order a pie for each person you’re with. Just sure to order the ‘Bee Sting’ pie. The soppressata and honey combo doesn’t disappoint. 

Graziella’s Pizza — Fort Greene, Brooklyn

What started as an empty garage space is now a beautiful — dare we say romantic – pizza joint in Fort Greene! Graziella’s has a beautiful upstairs roof decorated with outdoor string lights for an ambience that few other NYC joints can replicate. They cook up brick-oven pizza and comforting Italian specialties that make you feel right at home.

Adrienne’s Pizzabar — Financial District, Manhattan

Good pizza in FiDi is hard to come by, but Adrienne’s delivers. Order a pie and eat outside at a table right on Stone Street, which is sure to be slammed with finance dudes during happy hour. But if you’re into that kind of thing, then great! If not, the pizza is still worthy of the weekday wait for a table.

Sottocasa Pizza — Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn has a few under-the-radar restaurant gems and this is one of them! The idea behind Sottocasa is to not only serve authentic Italian pizza but to make you feel at home as the name itself implies. Sotto is Italian for under, and casa means home, but it’s “less about a physical location and more about a feeling,” the site explains. Walk through the narrow pizzeria and head straight out back for a relaxing, quieter ambiance that’ll allow you to enjoy your delicious wood-fire cooked pizza — best paired with a selection from their extensive wine list.

Numero 28 Pizza — East Village, West Village, Upper East Side, and Upper West Side, Manhattan; Park Slope and Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

There are six different Numero 28 locations in the city, so wherever you find yourself, you can settle in and order one of their authentic Italian pies in an untraditional cut. Don’t expect a round pizza — you can order several different topping varieties, and you’ll get a long stretch of dough on a rectangular tray. Just be sure to reserve in advance if you want a coveted seat on the outdoor patio. (They’re on OpenTable; just search by location!)

Plus, check out my other favorite pizza spots in NYC here!

Jamie Miles 

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