The hidden patio behind Harper’s is one the county’s not-so-secret secret spaces, where locals-in-the-know pack the house most nights for dinner in the shadow of one of the original Croton Aqueduct walls surrounded by potted herbs, flowers, and climbing ivy. Do yourself a favor and make a reservation.
Argana’s French doors open onto this pretty, between-the-buildings courtyard populated with tables, trees, a crushed-stone bocce court, and diners indulging in the restaurant’s signature tagines and Friday-night belly dancing.
As you’d expect from a Relais & Châteaux property, the stone patio at Bedford Post Inn is picture-perfect, with lush landscaping, blooming wisteria, an outdoor wood-fired grill and oven, and a cushy fireplace nook for chilly summer nights.
On the oasis-like back patio at Dubrovnik, you’d be forgiven for wondering if you’ve somehow left New Rochelle and ended up in Croatia, where the chef is grilling whole fish over the wood-burning fire and the tomatoes in your salad are from the tangle of plants in the organic garden next to your table.
Ever seen a canopy of bistro lights from the Saw Mill and wondered, What’s over there? The answer is La Lanterna. But don’t let the parkway-adjacent location deter you, the wine garden is quite charming with tall, light-filled trees and cozy iron tables.
Homey vegetable gardens and lush landscaping separate the 50-person patio from the road at La Vista. Outside seating comes with the same old-school pomp as inside, including tableside presentations, a roving dessert cart, and generous pours of homemade grappas.
Photo by Ken Gabrielsen
There’s convenient sidewalk seating, but the mural-covered courtyard (where you can also order from Hudson Creamery) is where it’s at for chilling with friends over tacos and margaritas — all with views of Riverfront Green Park and passing trains.
The name may be French, but the house-smoked barbecue is among the most popular (and delicious) offerings at this North County staple. Also quite appealing is the 60-seat brick patio surrounded by vines, perennial gardens, and a big, shady maple tree.
Enjoy authentic Italian fare on Ristorante Lucia’s recently-extended outdoor patio surrounded with beautiful greenery. The blooming flowers and twinkling lights are the perfect addition to their ample menu of pasta, fish, meat, and vegetable dishes.
Looking to impress a date? Nab a spot in the storybook courtyard, where 8 intimate tables nestled between climbing ivy, live plants, and the sounds of birds chirping (yes, really) set the stage for one seriously romantic dinner.