Head to these Hub neighborhoods for the best in al fresco fare
BACK BAY: Newbury Street is this locale’s best site for outdoor noshing, including longtime American faves Stephanie’s on Newbury (190 Newbury St., 617-236-0990, stephaniesrestaurantgroup.com) and Cafeteria (279A Newbury St., 617-536-2233, cafeteriaboston.com), as well as Italian-accented wine bar Piattini (226 Newbury St., 617-536-2020, piattini.com).
FENWAY: Both the trés Parisienne Eastern Standard (Hotel Commonwealth, 528 Commonwealth Ave., 617-532-9100, easternstandardboston.com) and brewpub Cheeky Monkey (3 Lansdowne St., 617-859-0030, cheekymonkeyboston.com) rock bustling outdoor spaces on Sox game days.
SEAPORT: Check out Liberty Wharf for a plethora of outdoor dining options with sweeping views of Boston Harbor, including the multi-level Legal Harborside (270 Northern Ave., 617-477-2900, legalseafoods.com, pictured).
SOUTH END: Tucked-away patios at seafood staple B&G Oysters (550 Tremont St., 617-423-0550, bandgoysters.com) and the Venetian-inspired SRV (569 Columbus Ave., 617-536-9500, srvboston.com) provide privacy, while the outdoor space at Asian-fusion hot spot Banyan (553 Tremont St., 617-556-4211, banyanboston.com) offers a livelier experience for prime people-watching.
FANEUIL HALL MARKETPLACE: This open-air shopping mecca also provides plenty of opportunities for enjoying some fresh air along with your meal, including the historic Durgin-Park (340 North Market St., 617-227-2038, durginparkrestaurant.com) and the modern American eatery Anthem (101 South Market St., 617-720-5570, anthem-boston.com).