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Once you’ve done the statue and shops, it’s time to get to know the real New York—the one where people tired of living in cramped quarters come out to celebrate perfect fall weather in the most perfect way: with alcohol and fresh air. Here 10 great spots in New York for outdoor lounges and beer gardens.

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Traditional beer gardens

There’s no shortage of German-style beer gardens in the city. Here are some of our favorites.

1. Bohemian Hall & Beergarden
(29–19 24th Ave; Astoria, Queens)
One of the oldest and largest outdoor drinking venues in New York, this popular outdoor spot serves Czech beers and grilled treats.

2. Radegast Hall & Biergarten
(113 N 3rd St.; Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
This Williamsburg beer hall and garden serves up grilled sausages and a nice variety of Czech and German beers on tap.

3. Zum Schneider
(107 Ave C at 7th St; Manhattan, New York)
Modeled after a Bavarian bierhaus, this restaurant and beer garden in the East Village serves German fare and imported beers with a side of live music.

Friends in public park drinking cold beer

Drinking in the wild

Enjoy a little urban nature while you imbibe at these top outdoor spots.

4. The Roof garden at the Met
On top of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art
(1000 5th Ave; Upper East Side, Manhattan)
End your day at the museum with a drink at this great spot overlooking Central Park.

5. Boat Basin Cafe
(West 79th St & the Hudson River; Upper West Side, Manhattan)
This casual cafe, housed  within the walls of the historic 79th Street Boat Basin, overlooks the Hudson River.

6. Loeb Boathouse at the Central Park Boat House
(East 72nd St and Park Drive North; Upper East Side, Manhattan)
There’s no place like Central Park in fall, and there’s no place in Central Park like this cafe on the lake where you watch row boats and gondolas meander across the lake, just like they have for more than 150 years.

Pools & views

These are for hotel guests only, but you can’t beat them for their view or for their outdoor pools, a rarity in Manhattan.

7. The Pool Deck at The Empire Hotel
(44 W 63rd St; Upper West Side, Manhattan)
The rooftop at this Upper West Side hangout near Lincoln Center boasts two bars, a fireplace, retractable roof and 360-degree views of the city.

8. Plunge at the Hotel Gansevoort
(18 9th Ave; Meat Packing District, Manhattan)
Anyone can drink at the lounge at this Meatpacking District hotel, but it’s a separate area from the guest-only pool.

Samantha Chapnick is a New York writer who scours international destinations looking for what hasn’t been found.

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