By Kate Collinson
It seems that spring is finally here and what better way to celebrate than dining at one of New York's open-air restaurants? I cannot wait to dust off those silk dresses, sandals and cotton shirts. And if your date is a dull bore, dining on the street is the perfect opportunity for some people-watching.
398 W Broadway (at Spring St), NYC
An outdoor classic in Soho. While it may be considered on the pricey side, you can't get much more romantic than an outdoor garden filled with trees covered in white festive lights. And the food is fab! Try the Granny apple ravioli with lamb ragu.
Mermaid Inn, East Village
96 2nd Ave (at E 6th St), NYC
With three locations, there's no excuse not to try this seafood haven with on-street seating. For those on a budget, try the happy hour-and-a-half $1 oyster specials or the Sunday Lobsterpalooza.
Extra Virgin, West Village
259 W 4th St (at Perry St), NYC
Despite the meticulously prepared food, scoring an outdoor table on a sunny day at this popular neighborhood spot makes for the perfect weekend brunch. Don't be fooled by the name, it's just as good for a sexy dinner. Try to resist filling up on the fresh baked bread before you've even started your appetizer.