Words by Olivia Bauso; photos by Olivia Bauso and Maria Posato
In upstate New York, we wait all winter for the chance to eat outside.
Sure, it seems simple, but when you spend half the year bundled up and dodging snow plows, soaking up some vitamin D while eating a good meal sounds pretty great.
While Rochesterians have been taking advantage of the warmer weather for months now, you can welcome the high summer season by dining outdoors at one of these urban locations from now through fall (and beyond).
The Culver Road Armory across from Cobbs Hill Park is home to office, retail, and restaurant spaces. TRATA, which stands for The Restaurant at the Armory, is a three-story, upscale contemporary American restaurant. After climbing just two flights you can step out onto TRATA’s rooftop haven, complete with tropical plants, a full bar and intricate lighting.
Havana Cabana Island Cafe & Rum Bar 's Caribbean-influenced fare is an island escape without leaving Rochester’s east end. Take one of their 125 rums or another island drink outside to their patio and get the full cabana experience - especially if you visit on a hot day.
EDIBLES RESTAURANT AND BAR
Edibles is located in the historic flatiron building , which still has its original wooden floors and tin ceiling. But the Edible experience gets even better when you dine on their outdoor patio (obligatory string lights included, of course).
Tucked behind the Little Theatre sits 2 Vine, a newly revamped local dining fixture with “bistrotoria fare.” The small menu features fresh seafood - sometimes hard to find in Rochester - and other European-inspired plates. Turn date night up a notch by sitting on their brick patio, which is outfitted with umbrellas and a floral-covered wooden lattice.
City Grill has a “business casual, dress-to-impress” code for the weekends and features wood-fired food in a sophisticated setting. Whether you choose to dine on the indoor/outdoor patio overlooking East Avenue or their fenced-in back patio, you’re guaranteed to be seated near a fireplace.
The Revelry is a restaurant and bar serving “honest” southern cuisine alongside spirits, beer, and wine. Located in the Neighborhood of the Arts in an old industrial building, "The Rev" (as it's often referred to by regulars) offers ample outdoor seating under a wooden overhang laced with twinkling lights.
VILLAGE GATE SQUARE
Village Gate in Neighborhood of the Arts is an old factory building that now houses various independent shops, restaurants, salons, offices, and loft residences. Many of the restaurants feature outdoor seating along a courtyard in the square: Lento, Gate House Cafe, Selena’s, Nox, and California Rollin'.