Gallery: 9 NYC Pizzerias with Great Gardens

L&B Spumoni Garden, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
L&B Spumoni Garden, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
The granddaddy of them all. A "rite of passage" for Bensonhurst youth. Enjoy Sicilian slices on a large outdoor patio somewhat reminiscent of a roadside stand than a Brooklyn slice joint. The Spumoni's a must on a hot day. 2725 86th Street Brooklyn, NY 11223); 718-449-1230; spumonigardens.com

[Photographs: left (2), Nick Solares; right, Kathy YL Chan]

Adrienne's Pizzabar, Financial District, Manhattan
Adrienne's Pizzabar, Financial District, Manhattan
When the weather gets nice, the restaurants lining Stone Street (reportedly the oldest street in Manhattan) put out picnic benches and turn the entire cobblestone byway into a rollicking outdoor party. Sit in the Adrienne's section and grab an "Old Fashioned" pizza. It sort of defies any of the traditional styles we normally talk about — it's just a really great, puffy, thin-crust grandmaesque pie. Not only good for the Financial District, which, let's face it, is not difficult — but great for anywhere. Destination pizza, folks. 54 Stone Street, New York NY 10005 (map); 212-248-3838; adriennespizzabar.com
Michael Angelo's II, Astoria, Queens
Michael Angelo's II, Astoria, Queens
When it comes to outdoor seating, Astoria is probably best known for the Bohemian Hall Beer Garden, but if you're in a pizza mood, check out Michael Angelo's II a couple block up on 23rd Avenue, where there's a sunny, quiet garden with a Mediterranean air. Make sure to order the "thin crust" pizza; there's also a regular crust pizza (more along the lines of what you're used to as a New York–style crust), but the thin is the thing to get here. The cheese is applied just a little too thick, but there's adequate sauce to balance that out. And the crisp-chewy crust stands up well to it all. 29-11 23rd Avenue, Astoria NY 11105 (b/n 29th and 31st streets; map); 718-932-2096
Pizza Box, Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Pizza Box, Greenwich Village, Manhattan
It's not "artisan" pizza and isn't trying to dazzle you with multicheese combinations, but it's a solid, no-nonsense New York slice—thinner and crisper than most New York–style slices you run into. Definitely not "Domino's or something." And you can eat it in a garden that's more pleasant than you'd expect from any typical slice joint. An unexpected find from such an ordinary-looking place. 176 Bleecker Street, New York NY 10012 (Greenwich Village, MacDougal/Sullivan; map); 212-979-0823
Roberta's, Bushwick, Brooklyn
Roberta's, Bushwick, Brooklyn
Roberta's garden is easily the single most unique outdoor spaces to eat pizza in. Bounded by repurposed shipping containers that house a radio studio and gardens on top, the garden also has a separate bar and, sometimes, a mobile pizza cart. We especially like the Cortes, with tomato sauce, crema fresca, Hatch chile–flavored chorizo, shaved fresh radish (from the garden), pickled onions, jalapeños, and cilantro (also from the garden). 261 Moore Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 (near Bogart Street; map); 718-417-1118; robertaspizza.com

[Photograph: superclusterer on Flickr]

Franny's, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Franny's, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Flatbush near Seventh Avenue, even though it's been all gentrified up in the last few years, still ain't nothin' to look at. So who would think there's a beautiful, deep party-light-illuminated garden secreted away from the truck exhaust and noise? Franny's doesn't seem to get much love from the pizzarati these days, but Serious Eats's own Carey Jones reports that this prosciutto cotto pie is excellent. The clam pie, if it's available, is not to be missed. Garden opens May 1. 295 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217 (map); 718-230-0221; frannysbrooklyn.com

[Photograph: Carey Jones]

Motorino, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Motorino, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
UPDATE: We are sorry to report that the Brooklyn location of Motorino is now closed. No garden for you.

The garden at Motorino Brooklyn is small and pleasant, maybe not the showstopper that Roberta's is, but you're eating some of the best pizza in the world here out of doors, hopefully among friends. Can it get any better? 319 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211 (at Devoe Street; map); 718-599-8899; motorinopizza.com

Saraghina, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
Saraghina, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
Saraghina has been a popular joint ever since it opened in summer 2009. And it's easy to see why. I mean, wow. Beautiful, beautiful garden here, with mismatched chairs, and a rustic farmhouse feel. Pizza is Neapolitan style, with training from the folks who run Luzzo's in Manhattan. A welcome addition to the neighborhood, which did not have much in the way of this kind of space before. 435 Halsey Street, Brooklyn NY 11233 (at Lewis Avenue, Bed-Stuy; map); 718-574-1988

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Graziella's, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Graziella's, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Graziella's has a beautiful rooftop deck that makes for a laid-back, quiet pizza-eating experience. The pizza at Graziella's is very thin crusted, crisp—almost a Neapolitan-inspired bar-style pizza. It may not be destination pizza, but every neighborhood would be lucky to have a place like this to hang out and eat at. 232 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11205 (DeKalb/Willoughby; map); 718-789-5663; graziellasmenu.com