Maracuja Bar & Grill
(279 Grand St, Williamsburg)
Through the dark bar is known for its killer cheesesteaks, its jewel box of a garden comes as a surprise. Trailing ivy and small trees provide a canopy of leaves; it’s most charming when the colorful Christmas lights and lanterns are twinkling and the climbing roses are in bloom.
Runner Up: One Last Shag
(348 Franklin Ave, Bed-Stuy)
The retro-kitschy interior evokes the trickle-down luxury of a Florida motel circa the Kennedy administration, so you may as well take your frozen margarita out to the beach—that is, the backyard, complete with bamboo tiki bar and enough sand to roll your cuffs up for. There’s usually a grill going on weekend afternoons come summer, bringing an all-inclusive crowd.