food 08.1.08

Where to Take Them:
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Visitors who want to know why Manhattan is moving to Brooklyn
The combo of expansive views of lower Manhattan from the rooftop of Alma, 187 Columbia [Degraw] 718.643.5400, lively Mexican food, and a relaxed crowd—just one of the many reasons Manhattan's axis is changing. [Photo: Lizzy Sullivan]

A summer fling
A terrace overlooking Columbus Circle isn't the same as, say, the terrace at La Colombe d'Or in St.-Paul-de-Vence or Louie's Backyard in Key West, but who wouldn't be won over by Mistral Terrace at Jean Georges, 1 CPW [60th/61st] 212.299.3900?

Your book club
When you're done discussing The Book Thief, adjourn to The Half King, 505 W. 23rd [10th/11th] 212.462.4300, for a bite and some brew in their small patio or street-side. You never know, owner Sebastian Junger might turn up.

Foodie friends
If they want to go to the place of the moment, Cafe Boulud, 20 E. 76th [5th/Mad] 212.772.2600 isn't it. But if they want to catch a rising chef, Gavin Kaysen's skills belie his baby face.

Your relative who's most like Maggie Smith
For those who don't suffer fools or the decline of civilization gladly, Barbetta, 321 W. 46th [8th/9th] 212.246.9171, can offer a brief respite from our unkempt world, thanks to the bucolic charms of its back garden.

Your pals, after Mamma Mia The movie is just awful. And yet, fun. Sweeten the Greece deal with an after-party on the terrace of Astoria's Cávo, 42-18 31st Ave. [42nd/43rd] 718.721.1001. [Photo: Maya Naydenova]

Escargots, country pâté, duck breast, haricots verts—all in the East Village version of a French farmhouse patio at what was once Brunetta's, now Tree, 190 1st [11th/12th] 212.358.7171.

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