Dining Al Fresco in Gowanus

As the summer season begins to dwindle, you’re going to want to soak in as much sun and warmth that you can. One of the best ways to do this is to enjoy the outdoor seating of some of your favorite and soon-to-be favorite restaurants near your Gowanus apartment.

Gersi, 316 Court Street

This charming Italian restaurant offers several classic dishes at an affordable price. While the dining room is nicely lit and decorated, the garden seating out back is exceptionally pleasant and inviting with poinsettias, figs, grapes, and basil planted around the area.

Buttermilk Channel, 524 Court Street
Named after the mile-long tidal strait between Brooklyn and Governors Island, Buttermilk Channel offers hearty American bistro fare meant for comfort-starved customers, including grass-fed flat iron steak, buttermilk-battered fried chicken, homemade pickles, Maine lobster, and ham-wrapped brook trout. During the warmer months, the small yet homey restaurant maintains quaint sidewalk tables to take in a delicious meal and fresh air while watching the world go by.

Colombia in Park Slope, 376 5th Avenue
Take a culinary vacation right near your Gowanus apartment and visit Colombia in Park Slope, a premier Latino-style restaurant that serves classic and authentic Colombian, such as madurito con queso, carne asada a la cerveza, and canastas de vegetales. The enclosed outdoor patio in the back of the restaurant adds to the already culturally charming ambiance of your dining experience.

June, 231 Court Street
A friendly natural wine bar, June is a great place to kick back and unwind after (or during) a long day in Gowanus, complete with a cute outdoor patio in the back. With happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends, and dinner options like slow-cooked lamb breast, heirloom tomato salad, and whole roasted trout, you’ll love this local gem.

Stone Park Cafe, 324 5th Avenue

Opened in 2004, Stone Park Cafe brings in the flavors of Brooklyn with fresh, seasonal ingredients on a constantly adapting menu. A casual yet unique venue, diners can be met with such dishes as swiss chard ravioli, grilled whole branzino, and Long Island duck breast at affordable prices. The sidewalk setting area offers cozy tables under canopy with a perfect view of the park and farmers market right across the street.

Habana Outpost, 757 Fulton Street
This Cuban restaurant has been a desired culinary destination since the first of three locations opened in 1997. Habana Outpost offers delicious Cuban delicacies including grilled Mexican-style corn, guacamole & queso plato, as well as their roasted pork and ham Cuban sandwich, recently voted the best in New York City. While this order-at-the-counter restaurant has nice indoor seating, the back patio is spacious enough to host a DJ most nights and is the perfect place to meet up with friends.

Say goodbye to the summer weather and hello to fall when enjoying the fresh air at these and more al fresco dining options near your apartment in Gowanus!