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DBGB KITCHEN AND BAR, 299 Bowery (212-933-5300, dbgb.com): The sidewalk tables at this downtown outpost of Daniel Boulud's restaurant empire are a great place to let life pass you by -- given that the folks strolling around are Lower East Side in-the-know types. But Boulud's homage to the bistro cuisine of Lyon, France, tastes good inside or out. Given the season, at the end of the meal it's probably a good idea to cool off with a two-scoop sundae of cherry and cinnamon ice cream ($9). (DBGB is doing Restaurant Week three-course prix-fixe menus for lunch, $25, and dinner, $38.) (July 21, 2013)(Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)

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NYC outdoor dining picks: 5 great options

The recent steamy weather sometimes encourages hiding inside, in the deep freeze of air conditioning. But you'll miss the summer weather when it's gone, so keep an eye peeled for a moderate stretch of temperatures and then book a table at some of the restaurants below. These sidewalk tables, gardens and rooftop spaces are the best outdoor places to eat the bounty of the season. -- TED LOOS Special to Newsday