food 05.17.04

Outdoor Dining

Vibrant pan-Euro cooking and a back patio turn August, 359 Bleecker [Charles] 212.929.4774, into a new summer getaway.

A thoughtful list of affordable wines and Italian snacks make D.O.C. Wine Bar, 83 N. 7th [Wythe] Williamsburg 718.963.1925, an appealing way to wind down after work. Other pluses: the farmhouse interior and outdoor seating. Cash only.

Yes, the world is going to hell in a handbasket, but at Barbetta, 321 W. 46th [8th/9th] 212.246.9171, and its gorgeous back garden (pictured), peace.

At the Italian hideaway called Grotto, 100 Forsyth [Broome/Grand] 212.625.3444, the garden makes a pleasant setting for the pleasurable food.

Scott Conant's warm and welcoming restaurant, L'Impero, 45 Tudor City Pl. [42nd/43rd] 212.599.5045, has terrace tables for the summer months.

Partners Jimmy Bradley and Danny Abrams never miss: The Red Cat, The Harrison, and The Mermaid Inn, 96 2nd [5th/6th] 212.674.5870. Here, seafood, modest prices, and a small garden.

From that dippiest, diphthongiest of continents, the Sunburnt Cow, 137 Ave. C [8th/9th] 212.529.0005, brings Aussie chow and that lied-beck voib to Alphabet City. Out back (heh), a room with a retractable roof.
Sale:
Ferragamo, 560 7th [40th], today thru 5/20, 9-6:30. Shoes (women's and men's), bags, scarves, ties, and accessories.

Correction:
In Friday's article, we wrote about "Assassins," suggesting that you should try to get seats close to the stage because of blocked sightlines and bartenders prepping the bar for intermission. We take a bullet for that one: there's no intermission. However, the bartenders are doing something noisy at the bar. Also, one reader suggested sitting in the front mezz for this show.

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