Slideshow: Where to Eat Pizza Outdoors in NYC

Pizza Moto, Brooklyn Flea, Fort Greene and Williamsburg
Pizza Moto, Brooklyn Flea, Fort Greene and Williamsburg
Straight out of the oven, the pies get a liberal dusting of grated grana padano cheese, and a judicious pour of some very fragrant extra-virgin olive oil. The crust is flavorful, airy, crisp. One of the best mobile pizzas I've had. Find Pizza Moto at the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene on Saturdays through November; the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg on Sundays through November; at the main stage of SummerStage in Central Park throughout the season.
Sottocasa, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
Sottocasa, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
This popular Cobble Hill pizzeria had a fairly spartan garden area when we visited in October of last year, shortly after it opened. But even then, when you've got some good pizza and some wine or beer to down on a pleasant afternoon, what more do you need? 298 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11201 (near Smith Street; map) 718-852-8758; sottocasanyc.com
Louie & Ernie's, Throgs Neck, The Bronx
Louie & Ernie's, Throgs Neck, The Bronx
Louie & Ernie's is one of my favorite pizzas in NYC. And the fact that is has a great little garden space is just gravy. Thanks to blt76 for suggesting it last year! 1300 Crosby Avenue, Bronx NY 10461 (at Waterbury Avenue; map); 718-829-6230
Adrienne's Pizzabar (NYC)
Adrienne's Pizzabar (NYC)
The pizza style at Adrienne's sort of defies any of the traditional ones 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. Read more here » 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
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]

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