8am, Monday: Defonte's
There is no better way to start a long work week than with a Valentino Special from Defonte's in Red Hook: fluffy fried eggplant, provolone cheese, roasted peppers, for $8.95. For best results, carry out and eat it at the end of Valentino Pier; and then think about your life.
9am, Wednesday: Fabiane's
If you like people-watching, you'll enjoy a morning at Fabiane's sidewalk seating on Bedford Avenue as hungover, tousle-headed hipsters slink off to work, occasionally still drunk.
10am, Sunday: Mogador
Getting to Mogador early is important, as there is no better New York experience than watching the sun crawl across St. Mark's while enjoying the best affordable Moroccan-inflected brunch in town.
11am, Saturday: Supercore
Bedford Avenue's Supercore can seem like a Japanese hipster Shopsin's, but look beyond the confusing, often changing menu, and you have an idyllic, maple-shaded back garden in which to enjoy the perfect latte.
Noon, Sunday: Life Cafe
There are better brunches (see Mogador, above), in fancier digs, but there's nothing quite so delightful as taking in an early summer afternoon across form Tompkins Square Park while munching on a giant plate of nachos. Maybe you'll be a character in a musical one day!
1pm, Saturday: Grimaldi's in the Park
Grimaldi's (for our money, the best pizza in town) is about a five-minute walk from the L Mag corporate headquarters in DUMBO, which is why we can suggest that instead of waiting 45 minutes in line, you should just call in a takeout order, waltz in, and bring your delicious pizza to the park.
2pm, Saturday: t.b.d.
It's hard to imagine a yard this big and this relaxed outside of Brooklyn; huge communal benches, a man on a grill cooking up sausages and a fun crowd of 20-somethings make this beer garden one of the best spots in the city to kill a lazy weekend afternoon.
3pm, Sunday: Mission Dolores
The lovely fellas behind Bar Great Harry have opened a giant, relaxed beer bar in Gowanus perfect for those giant, relaxing Sundays that make grown-up life worth living. (Just make sure you don't miss Monday.)
4pm, Wednesday:Shake Shack
Even when the line is obnoxiously long, it's still kind of nice to watch the squirrels and the junkies at play in Madison Square Park. And then, of course, there's the burger, your prize for waiting...
5pm, Friday: Ryan's
This very conventional pub sits on Second Avenue just south of St. Mark's Church, and though the bar itself is, well, mediocre, the sidewalk seating is possibly the best place to people-watch in all of New York. Friday at 5pm is a particularly good time to do this.
6pm, Sunday: Back Forty
With upscale comfort food this good (think pork jowl nuggets and grass-fed burgers) and a 40-seat patio this nice, you'll feel like you're at an expert chef's backyard barbecue... perfect for a lazy Sunday in the East Village.
7pm, Thursday: Habana Outpost
If you can't find a seat after picking up your order of grilled corn on the cob from the food truck at this Fort Greene fulcrum, you might just take a spin on the stationary bike that powers the smoothie blender—part of an overall eco-forward setup that also includes captured rainwater in the bathrooms and recyclable corn-based cups for your Sixpoint.
8pm, Wednesday: Trattoria Spaghetto
This Bleecker Street institution is a fabulous example of an old-school New York red-sauce joint. Order one of those classic Chianti bottles, squint your eyes into the pretty sunset, and pretend it's 1955.
9pm, Sunday: dba (East Village)
This is one of the nicest patios you'll find in Manhattan, a large and leafy respite from the city with an almost overwhelmingly long beer list heavy with Belgian imports and local craft brews.