Hotel Americano; 518 West 27th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-216-0000
Wave at the folks on the High Line from up top the swank Hotel Americano, and make them jealous when you sip cocktails, mescal, or something from one of the three (!) tequila menus: Blanco, Anejo, or Resposado. Restaurant fare is Latin with a French tinge, from executive chef Joseph Buenconsejo. There's also a pool, should you feel the urge to cool off even further.
Projected Opening: May 1
272 Meserole Ave., nr. Bushwick Ave., Bushwick, no phone
It's 15,000-square-feet of beer-swilling fun in Bushwick's Danbro Studios, with most of the space dedicated to the great outdoors. They're forecasting 60 taps and around 250 bottles, with a good selection of whiskey as well. And whiskey they must have, as the place will probably attract many a musician: The man with the plan is Joshua Richholt, former manager of the Knitting Factory and also future owner of music venue the Wick, which will also be housed here.
Projected Opening: June 1
555 Seventh Ave. nr. 18th St., Sunset Park, no phone
It's fun to drink in places and pretend you're somewhere else, isn't it? But when you drink in the upcoming 13,000-square-foot Greenwood Park—brought to us by Ted Mann (Public Assembly), Lawrence Hyland, and Diane Yasilakos—you don't even have to pretend you're drinking in a former South Slope car wash and auto repair lot, because you will be! The insides have been redone, but you'll still be transported with three retractable doors, one of which you'll have to walk through to enter. The outdoor space is promised to have its own bar, wood-burning fire pit, and bocce courts, for when the mood strikes.
Projected Opening: Early May
Bar Seven Five
Andaz Wall Street Hotel, 75 Wall St., at Water St.; 212-590-1234
In our book, one of the best things about hanging on Wall Street are the drinks in the Andaz hotel. Next month they're upping their game with their outdoor area, Bar Seven Five Terrace, tucked in a courtyard away from the hustle and bustle of "Buy! Sell!" and whatever else it is folks in suits do down there. In addition to the usual cocktail fare, they'll offer locally sourced seasonal drinks, and a unique lunch and dinner sharing menu (crisp pork belly, a selection of Crostini), perfect for a chance encounter with a hungry Shia LaBeouf or Michael Douglas.
Projected Opening: May 1
17 Stanton St., nr. Chrystie St.: 212-677-5555
A low-key lounge for the Schnabel set (he's been spotted there), in the former Stanton Public and designed by none other than nightlife man-about-town Steve Lewis. It's lovely, too: with stained glass on the bar, and a two-for-one happy hour. Soon they'll be opening their outdoors for eating and imbibing under a retractable tent, but if you want to come now, try to make it in before 11 p.m., when the door tightens for the D.J. fun.
Projected Opening: Now open
For Outdoors: Late April, early May
674 Manhattan Ave., nr. Norman Ave., Greenpoint; no phone
Formerly Polish haven Stone's Tavern—a place where you could count on getting a stiff martini—the spot has given itself over to the cocktail gods. The drinks will be crafted by the couple behind Allswell in Willamsburg, and at some point in the summer you'll be able to imbibe them in the outdoor backyard.
Projected Opening: Late April, early May
For Outdoors: Summer
24 Reed St., nr. Conover St., Red Hook; no phone
Two floors—with decks boasting unrivaled views of the Harbor—of succulent seafood fare is what Brooklyn Crab offers, brought to you by the folks behind Alma in Brooklyn. Besides a raw bar, they're offering soups, salads, sandwiches, steak, and probably other things beginning with S, in addition to promising family friendly fun like miniature golf, ping-pong, and something named "cornhole." They're also currently taking applications, should anyone out there be looking for a gig.
Projected Opening: Unspecified. Hopefully summer!