There’s something so relaxing about eating outdoors in the summertime — almost like a mini-vacation for a few hours. Thankfully, Gold Cast North has scores of outdoor dining spaces sought after in these balmy months.
They come in many shapes and sizes — from a few sidewalk tables to elaborate patios. Here are some suggestions for dining al fresco with great views.
Face north to see the George Washington Bridge or south for a peek at the Empire State Building. Dine at sunset to watch the sun turn the Upper West Side a reddish hue, then linger after dark to gaze at the sparkling skyline. Here are four options along River Road in Edgewater, in order of formality.
Where: 595 River Road, 201-945-2020
The space: Stunning views from a waterside patio that can seat 60; a separate, smaller second-floor balcony, set just outside the dining room, sets you above the water.
The cuisine: Modern American with global influences and two separate menus — a less-expensive lounge menu available on the patio and a much pricier full dinner menu available on both the patio and the balcony.
Where: 725 River Road, 201-941-0066
The space: A rustic covered patio with the waves of the Hudson crashing beneath your feet.
The cuisine: Turkish: grilled kebabs and Turkish dumplings are highlights.
Where: 2 Main St. (45 River Road for GPS), 201-943-1900
The space: A big riverside patio “café” seats more than 70 and is partially shaded by canopies.
The cuisine: Modern American, including big-ticket steaks as well as burgers and sandwiches.
Where: 115 River Road, Edgewater, 201-313-2155
The space: Two outdoor areas, a serene “river deck” and a more informal Q Dock to the south of the restaurant.
The cuisine: Upscale sports bar/gastropub — burgers, sandwiches, pizza as well as more expensive entrees — with an extensive beer selection.