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Al Fresco Lunches Great for Graduation

May 15, 2019
People dine in an outdoor seating area on Broadway in the summertime
May and June signal graduation celebrations across the City for students of all ages. A celebratory lunch is a terrific way to congratulate your new Grad. In Lincoln Square, you can celebrate at one of our many restaurants that offer outdoor seating areas or Prix-Fixe specials. Check out the list below and make a reservation today. 
The Smith, 1900 Broadway (between 63rd & 64th)
The casual American Brasserie with burgers, sandwiches, seafood, and more, has outdoor seating along Broadway with shade awnings and floor to ceiling windows that open for when the cafe is full. 
Café Fiorello, 1900 Broadway (between 63rd & 64th)
This longtime neighborhood spot serves thin-crust pizzas and classic Italian mains and has a vine decorated outdoor area along Broadway. Café Fiorello offers a two-course Prix-Fixe lunch for either pasta or fish entrees, both under $30. 
Enjoy outdoor seating at this modern and casual bistro serving french cuisine. Through Friday, June 28, the restaurant has a Graduation lunch special offering a three-course Prix Fixe menu for $48 per person. This special lunch comes with a complimentary sparkling wine toast for the party and you can order a $45 cake for the table, too. 

Boulud Sud, 20 West 64th Street (Broadway & 64th)  
Grab a table at the outdoor cafe area on Broadway and enjoy Mediterranean flavors for lunch. Through June on Mondays through Fridays, Boulud Sud is offering a Graduation Lunch Prix-Fixe, for which groups of 4 or more can enjoy a special three-course menu at $55 each with complimentary bubbles upon arrival. If you book a reservation in advance, with 48 hours notice, the restaurant can even serve a special cake with gelato for the occasion
Rosa Mexicano, 61 Columbus Ave (Columbus & 62nd)
With views of the David Koch theater, take a seat at Rosa's sidewalk cafe for Mexican cuisine. During weekdays, you can order the Chef's Lunch, which offers two-courses for $20. 
Sole Bistro Italiano, 2014 Broadway (Broadway & 69th) 
Dine outside in Sole's sidewalk seating area with traditional Italian dishes. During lunch hours from Monday through Friday, you can enjoy a set three-course Prix-Fixe lunch for $25. 

Nougatine at Jean-Georges, 1 Central Park West (off of Columbus Circle)
The more casual sister of the adjoining Jean-Georges, Nougatine serves upscale french dishes and offers an outdoor terrace seating area with shade umbrellas. You can get a three-course Prix-Fixe lunch for $44.
Lincoln Ristorante, 142 West 65th Street 
On Lincoln Center's Campus, dine under umbrella shade up off of street level. You'll be right by the serene Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace enjoying modern Italian entrees
Nanoosh, 2012 Broadway (Broadway & 69th)
Enjoy home-style, fast-casual Mediterranean food for a lighter lunch at Nanoosh. The quaint sidewalk cafe is a good spot for a quick bite and the eatery serves wine, too. 
Dining outdoors for lunch in Lincoln Square is a terrific way to celebrate graduation season, especially when so many of our restaurants offer special lunch Prix-Fix menus. And if it rains, there are a number of other terrific restaurants without outdoor cafes in the neighborhood. Explore all of your options in our neighborhood guide and make a reservation today!