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Dining Al Fresco in NYC with Chef Joe Cash #2

In a city of endless eats, sometimes one just has too many options — we narrow it down with the help of a professional chef. Joe Cash is the Chef De Cuisine at The Pool, one of New York City’s premiere dining destinations. Cash has spent time working on top kitchens such as Thomas Keller’s Per Se and Rene Redzepi’s Noma in Copenhagen before returning to New York. 

Summer offers endless drinks and dinners outside, looking out onto the sea from Capri or the Seine in a cafe in Paris, but New York’s dining outside is quite special in of itself. We asked Joe about his go-to outside dining spots~

Claro – 284 3rd Ave, Brooklyn


Photo: Courtesy of Claro

“The backyard at Claro is a great spot to get loaded on Mezcal and crush Oaxacan food. Make sure to get your hands on the tortillas as they pop off of the outside grill.”

Flora Bar – 945 Madison Ave


Photo: Courtesy of Gentl and Hyers

“I love Flora Bar because you can try a ton of light, fun, and refreshing seafood and vegetable dishes. It only gets better when you can take it all outside to their subterranean patio. I always get the uni with red shrimp and nori.”

Island Oyster – 146 Carder Rd, Brooklyn


Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Lyle Thompson

“Island Oyster is a nice break from the city. Eating oysters and lobster rolls as you take in the view of the Lower Manhattan waterfront is the ultimate weekend retreat. P.S. there is rosé on tap.”