In sunny weather, restaurants with tables outdoors know how to keep you cool and dry. After all, they have umbrellas. So, enjoy your alfresco appetizers, whether it's blazing or drizzling out there.
Here are some inviting destinations that are more pleasurable in the open air, thanks to their canopies. And several of them offer water views on the side.
Selections by Newsday's food staff.
Dave's Gone Fishing
Dave's Gone Fishing, Montauk: Dave's Gone Fishing takes over the waterfront location previously occupied by Fishbar, once one of Long Island's top seafood restaurants. There's both indoor and outdoor seating and the menu focuses on small plates, though there are larger ones, too.
Pine Grove Inn
Pine Grove Inn, East Patchogue: This renovated but still old-fashioned spot on the Swan River offers diners outdoor seating overlooking the waterfront.
Barba Bianca, Greenport: Barba Bianca is situated at one of the East End's most iconic waterfront locations: Preston's Wharf, jutting into Greenport Harbor. Shift your view to the plates, however, and you may think you're in Italy. The menu focuses on local seafood whose preparations draw from the coastal traditions of Liguria, Puglia and Sardinia.
Olde Trading Post Tavern
Olde Trading Post Tavern, New Hyde Park: This neighborhood spot features a large and lively patio with its own bar and a festive vibe that can give way to dancing as the night wears on.
Il Giardino, Aquebogue: This flavorful Italian and Italian-American restaurant sprouts in a spot both cozy and noisy. Patrons can enjoy a backyard garden that includes seating, a small bar and a firepit.
Grey Lady, Montauk: Grey Lady has opened on Lake Montauk, with a patio stocked with nautical director chairs and tables. The fourth location for owners Ryan Chadwick and Callum McLaughlin -- with others on the Lower East Side, on Nantucket and in Aspen -- offers a menu of fresh seafood, from chowder to fish paté, local fluke, fish and chips or lobster rolls. Happy hour offers $5 beers and $1 oysters weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Opens for the 2017 season on Friday, May 26.
Umberto's Pizzeria and Restaurant
Umberto's Pizzeria and Restaurant, New Hyde Park: For a glass of wine, a tri-colored salad and a grandma slice or two, head to Umberto's Pizzeria & Restaurant in New Hyde Park, where tables await, shaded by umbrellas. The 30-seat patio is dressed up with groomed planters and vines cascading over the sides. Large parties can call ahead to reserve seats.
Ting, Huntington: The partitioned-off sidewalk patio that wraps around one side of this Asian-fusion restaurant seems removed from the traffic on Route 25A. Enjoy the evening breeze as you dine, perhaps, on butternut squash soup, tuna pizza, crispy delight beef and scallops and/or traditional sushi and sashimi.
Sandbar, Cold Spring Harbor: Sidewalk tables aren't always a draw as honking cars and fuming trucks can defeat the finest dining. But when the sidewalk belongs to Sandbar in the picture-perfect town of Cold Spring Harbor, the street only adds to the charm. Before or after an afternoon browsing antiques stores (or, kids in tow, the whaling museum) enjoy Eric Werner's assured New American menu (overseen by executive chef Guy Reuge). Highlights include a raw seafood tower, chickpea fries and pan-roasted halibut.
Nicky's on the Bay
Nicky's on the Bay, Bay Shore: Serving up salt air, sea vistas and sunsets is Nicky's on the Bay, a picture postcard of a seafood restaurant. In temperate weather, you'll want to sit on the outdoor deck, equipped with a canopied area at center. And before or after dinner, head up the stairs for drinks on the second level, where there's often live music. If you time it right, gorgeous sunsets, too.
The Lake House
The Lake House, Bay Shore: Since 2006, The Lake House in Bay Shore has successfully balanced high-caliber cuisine with a mom-and-pop vibe. That balancing act is more difficult now that the restaurant, one of Newsday's Top 10 fine dining picks, has moved from its modest location along Bay Shore's West Main Street to a grand new building overlooking the Great South Bay. A well-appointed deck at the water's edge offers 40 people a view of the Fire Island ferries chugging past Nicky's on the Bay toward Kismet. Order from the regular menu of innovative New American dishes, or a bar menu comprised of simple crowd-pleasers: lobster rolls, burgers, steamed mussels.
Vespa Italian Kitchen & Bar
Vespa Italian Kitchen & Bar, Farmingdale: This stylish trattoria in Farmingdale's burgeoning downtown serves both Italian-American favorites and some Southern Italian specialties.
Duryea's Lobster Deck
Duryea's Lobster Deck, Montauk: This 80-year-old Montauk landmark lobster shack-fish market has opened under new ownership. The new Duryea's has retained such menu items as New England clam chowder and lobster rolls, but has added quinoa tabbouleh, tuna tartar and more. Once BYOB, Duryea's now offers beer and wine. Plastic seats (and plates and cutlery) have given way to teak furniture and stainless dinnerware.
Stella Trattoria & Bar
Stella Trattoria & Bar, Blue Point: Stella Trattoria & Bar is now open in what used to be several other restaurants. The eatery has outdoor lounge and table seating and offers menu items like grilled octopus, panini and pasta.
Nikkei of Peru
Nikkei of Peru, Port Washington: Sushi bars with outdoor seating are a rarity on Long Island. Nikkei of Peru in Port Washington goes above and beyond with Peruvian-influenced Japanese cuisine and a stunning view of Manhasset Bay. (Try to snag a seat facing the bay to witness one of the Island's loveliest sunsets.) Chef-partner Hermanto Jong sharpened his knives and skills during a decade at Nobu 57 in Manhattan, so consider forgoing the typical California roll for the chef's signature creations. Kitchen dishes, such as pan-seared scallops, automatically belong with guacamole mousse, and jalapeño salsa and beef dumplings find a match with slightly grainy sesame-ponzu sauce.
Salt, Merrick: A newcomer in Merrick, Salt doesn't take reservations and an hour or two wait builds up on weekends. But it's worth sticking it out if you add your name to the waitlist, then head past the host stand to the lounge area on the deck. The couch seating is remarkably low key and pretty quiet. For dinner, a table is an oasis, with plenty of elbow room and terrific bay views. Feast on casual eats like calamari, octopus small plates, soft-shell crab sandwiches or burgers.
H2O Seafood & Sushi
H2O Seafood & Sushi, Smithtown: Seafood, raw and cooked, is the focus of H2O Seafood & Sushi in Smithtown, whose expansive outdoor patio is pretty enough to make you forget you're on Jericho Turnpike. From the sushi bar come imaginative rolls including a few "tornado rolls" wrapped in fried potato. The kitchen has a particular skill for lobster: lobster-chipotle salad, lobster mac & cheese, lobster roll and "millennium"-style with garlic mashed potatoes. There are steamed lobsters, too, as well as traditional and more fanciful takes on fish and shellfish.
Crazy Fish Bar & Gill
Crazy Fish Bar & Gill, Port Jefferson: Both the vibe and the menu at Crazy Fish are relaxed. The restaurant sprawls over two floors and two decks. Original artwork from third graders at nearby Terryville Road Elementary School has been integrated into the décor. The food emphasizes seafood but draws its influences from all over the globe. Among the starters are clams and oysters on the half shell, Thai calamari with seaweed salad and seafood nachos. Mains include a broiled seafood platter, smoked swordfish, penne alla vodka with shrimp and more.
Trumpets on the Bay
Trumpets on the Bay, Eastport: Diners at the two-dozen tables on the porch at Trumpets on the Bay in Eastport enjoy one of the most dramatic views on Long Island. Bordered by marsh, the restaurant is located at the tip of one of the fingers in Moriches Bay. The restaurant, which also hosts weddings and other events, offers everything from lobster cocktail and tuna tartar to teriyaki salmon and grilled steaks.
Anchor Down, Merrick: This New American seafood house in Merrick's Open Bay Marina, lacks a water view, but makes up for it with a charming, nautical-themed patio where you can still hear the squawks of the sea gulls. Chef-owner Stephen Rosenbluth manages a balance of inventive and classic, and the menu always features a selection of oysters, fried calamari, steamers, fried Ipswich clams and lobsters.
Campagne House, Bethpage: For gastropub fare and plenty of space to hang out, there's the 30-seat patio at Campagne House in Bethpage, pronounced "campaign" and named for owner Don Schiavetta's grandfather, Charles Campagne. Salads, filet mignon, swordfish and paella are featured for dinner served inside and outside weeknights until 9 p.m., with a bar bites menu of wings, potato skins and pots of mussels or clams available until 9:30 p.m. On weekends, dinner stretches to 10 p.m. and the bar menu is served until midnight.
Southampton Publick House
Southampton Publick House, Southampton: The outdoor patio serves as an intimate spot for sipping cold brews, with its blue and white motif on an eight-table patio with a line of seats down the outdoor bar. Order a lunch combo such as the mac 'n' cheese and a wedge salad, or share an order of potato skins or wings for happy hour following a day at the beach.
South Shore Dive
South Shore Dive, West Sayville: For a cozy nook filled with picnic tables and lounge seating, the outdoor area at South Shore Dive in West Sayville is a locals' go-to for a dozen oysters and a few beers. Wood paneling evokes a rec room, while twinkly lights dress up the space when the sun sets. Other details include lavender-filled planters and a projection of a surfer catching a wave. The late-night menu is offered every day until 1 a.m.
A Lure, Southold: A self-described "chowder house and oyster-ia," A Lure in Southold boasts an immense deck overlooking Port of Egypt Marina and Peconic Bay. Executive chef Tom Schaudel tours the world of seafood with gumbo ya ya, crabcakes with corn salad, Baja-style fish tacos, macadamia-coconut-crusted flounder, grilled Scottish salmon, plenty of classic steamed and raw dishes, too, plus an extensive wine list with many North Fork selections.
Vauxhall, Huntington: For a perch to see and be seen, grab a picnic table on the sidewalk outside Vauxhall, the Huntington spot for fine burgers and satisfying options for your vegan and vegetarian friends. Drinks do not disappoint, from the compelling cocktails and more canned beers than you would imagine.
La Fine, Montauk: Italian-American restaurant La Fine is situated in the landmark Montauk Manor. In addition to the traditional dining room, there also will be a patio this summer. The main menu includes baked clams, meatballs, eggplant Parmigiana, linguine with clam sauce and chicken scarpariello.
American Beech, Greenport: Outside American Beech in Greenport, you'll find cushy seating at tables and a row of stools that frame the square bar under a tree. Visit Fridays from noon to 3 p.m. for chef Kyle Romeo's outdoor clam bake, where $25 buys a pot of mussels, clams, corn, potatoes and a half lobster. The BeechBurger is also a good bet, dressed with Gruyere, caramelized onions and roasted mushrooms, served on a pretzel bun.
La Casa Cafe
La Casa Cafe, Northport: Instead of eating inside this beachside Italian dining spot, opt for an umbrella table in the outdoor courtyard. The menu is a little cheaper than indoors, and while you can't partake of the dining room salad bar, you have access to something unavailable inside: Neapolitan pizza, puffy-crusted and oozing molten cheese. That, a glass of wine, a salad and, perhaps a pasta or panino can precede a walk along the shoreline.
Nawlins Seafood Company
Nawlins Seafood Company, Freeport: The French Quarter meets the Nautical Mile at Nawlins Seafood Company, a breezy space framed by murals and wrought iron that promises a visit as rambunctious as a trip to New Orleans. Grab a seat at the bar near the entrance and order an Abita. Or head to the back of the dining room for a table with plenty of room to spread out plates of fried green tomatoes, an oyster po'boy, a muffuletta, or chicken and waffles. The back deck offers the most laid-back seating, a perfect spot for sunset or to watch the boats go by.
The Refuge, Melville: Sheltered from Route 110 by hedges and trees, the big wooden patio at The Refuge in Melville is a popular meeting place day or night -- happy hour rocks here. The menu, a crowd-pleasing mix of Italian-American and Latin dishes, takes aim at that dining sweet spot between ease and intrigue: ropa vieja nachos, rigatoni and meatballs, grilled skirt steak with chimichurri, "angry shrimp" tacos. For Sunday brunch during the summer, your dog is invited, too -- provided it's on a leash and stays outside.
Swingbellys Beachside BBQ
Swingbellys Beachside BBQ, Long Beach: Having seen the wrath of superstorm Sandy, two renovations and five different pitmasters, Swingbellys Beachside BBQ comes out swinging harder than ever. Credit pitmaster and co-owner Dan Monteforte, who was on the scene when the place opened eight years ago and returns after a two-year absence.
Half Moon Cafe
Half Moon Cafe, Long Beach: Decorated in surf memorabilia, Half Moon Cafe has opened in Long Beach, a casual cafe and bar in the East Park Avenue spot that used to be Biddy Mulligan's. The mid-sized restaurant offers seating inside and outside, with planters framing sidewalk tables. Happy hours highlight weekdays, with drink specials from 3 to 7 p.m. and a $6 food menu of wings, frickles (fried + pickles = frickles), nachos, clams and spring rolls. More substantive dishes on the lunch and dinner menu include burgers, sandwiches, tacos and quesadillas.
EAT Gastropub, Oceanside: A well-appointed patio with a bar, umbrella tables and lounge furniture offers a view of the restaurant's greenhouse, which produces the greens used in salads. From chef Gregory Baumel's new repertoire are dishes like salmon and crab burgers, and apricot chipotle roasted chicken.
The Clubhouse, Bellmore: The Clubhouse sneaks up on you, hidden away in a residential neighborhood along one of South Nassau's many canals. Whimsical arrows on the dockside deck point one way to Montauk (89 miles), the other to Jamaica (1,574 miles). If you want to have a drink or even some food outside, seated in an Adirondack chair or at a high-top table, you have to get everything yourself, from the bar.
Blackstone Steakhouse, Melville: The patio has an awning that may be opened at this stylish, high-end steakhouse. Standouts include sashimi, sushi, sushi rolls, the seafood plateau, grilled whole fish, crabcake, sliders, porterhouse steak, double-cut pork chop, and lobster macaroni and cheese.
Jewel, Melville: This splashy Tom Schaudel establishment ventures outdoors with fine traditional and New American dishes, and some Italian piatti, too. Winners include tuna tartare, grilled oysters, octopus salad with a merlot vinaigrette, penne rigate with spicy sausage, pork belly tacos, the house burger, and a pistachio ice cream sandwich.
Chi Dining Lounge
Chi Dining Lounge, Westbury: A rear patio with its own little waterfall has a clubby vibe and a global menu. As darkness falls, a deejay enters the scene. A new attraction is an outdoor brick pizza oven, which turns out pies that range from Margherita to chicken-bacon ranch. Also on the menu: lobster sliders, beef satay, gnocchi Bolognese and Asian skirt steak.
Farm Country Kitchen
Farm Country Kitchen, Riverhead: Eat on the veranda of this secreted-away little house overlooking the Peconic River. Chef-owner Tom Carson offers a lunch repertoire of soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps. At dinner, you'll find lobster cakes, duck breast and pan-seared sea scallops over linguine.
Whale's Tale, Northport: A laid-back vibe prevails at this summery spot by the Brittania Yacht Club. Eat on the deck within view of both pool and boatyard at tables shaded by umbrellas and awnings. Raw-bar items, wings, tacos, burgers, wraps, sandwiches and the like compose the menu.
Kyma, Roslyn: It's all about Greek-accented seafood at Kyma -- grilled shrimp and octopus and whole fish anointed with lemon and olive oil. Take a bite, then a sip of dry white moschofilero, close your eyes and pretend that instead of a patio outside the restaurant in Roslyn Village, you're overlooking the Aegean.
Nick's Pizza and Clam Bar
Nick's Pizza and Clam Bar, Smithtown: There's no water in sight along this tree-lined stretch of Route 25A, but sitting on Nick's deck, polishing off a dozen briny clams on the half shell, you'll swear you hear the roar of the surf. Also on the menu: oysters, steamers, salads, burgers and pizza.
Besito, Huntington: Besito is one of LI's best Mexican restaurants, staying clear of the cliches and mixing a mean margarita. When the weather's warm, the experience is enhanced by the tables set up on the sidewalk of Huntington's bustling New York Avenue. Cool off with refreshing ceviche, or turn up the heat with mole poblano.
Grasso's, Cold Spring Harbor: The Main Street mainstay has a few outdoor tables and a lively dining room and bar. Notable: pan-seared diver scallops, cavatelli Bolognese, a spin on cioppino emphasizing shellfish, grilled filet mignon, grilled Berkshire pork rib, grilled calamari, chopped salad and roast duck.
Fisherman's Catch, Point Lookout: At this waterside restaurant owned by fishermen, you can dine on an outdoor deck overlooking Reynolds Channel. Choices include sesame-seared tuna, herb-crusted swordfish and a catch of the day crudo.
The Oar, Patchogue: The Oar in Patchogue powers you to seafood and steak, and doubtless a few drinks, while providing a very summery water view.
Tony Cuban Cucina & Cocktails
Tony Cuban Cucina and Cocktails, Freeport: This hybrid Cuban-Italian newcomer offers seating on an outdoor deck overlooking a boat basin. On the menu are such dishes as ropa vieja fettuccine and plantain-crusted branzino. And, of course, a Cubano sandwich.
Brixx and Barley
Brixx and Barley, Long Beach: In fine weather, Long Beach's newest gastropub sets up tables on its broad sidewalk so diners can see and be seen. Enjoy expertly grilled burgers, overstuffed sandwiches and more than 30 beers on tap (another 30 in bottles).
Claws Seafood Market
Claws Seafood Market, West Sayville: This fish market has a creek-side outdoor clam bar / crab shack. Stake out a picnic or umbrella table and order from a repertoire that includes steamers, mussels, lobsters and Maryland-style hard-shelled crabs. There's a fine lobster roll, too.
Uncle Bacala's, Garden City Park: Enjoy Uncle Bacala's crowd-pleasing, seafood-centric Italian-American cuisine on this spacious patio, which has been cleverly designed to block out the view (and most of the noise) from Jericho Turnpike.
Cornucopia's Noshery, Amityville: Courtyard seating is the warm weather choice at this attractive breakfast and lunch destination with four outdoor tables. Small well-behaved dogs are welcome, said owner Erica Reichlin. Come June, there should be dinner service with acoustic music.
Empanadaville, Mastic Beach: Warm weather is when this takeout shop for Puerto Rican-style empanadas shines. Alongside the building, youll find two picnic tables, each seating six, plus two smaller tables for two. No table seating inside.
MP Taverna, Roslyn: Michael Psilakis' inventive Greek gastropub offers seating for about 50 on the rooftop patio. From your perch, under an umbrella, you can look over the town while eating a lamb burger or lemon-roasted chicken.
Pop's Seafood Shack and Grill
Pop's Seafood Shack and Grill, Island Park: Wear flip-flops to this seafood spot on Reynolds Channel in Island Park with its own little man-made beach. On the seafood-centric menu: sesame ahi tuna lollipops, three types of lobster rolls, and fish and chips. After dark, the place can be a major party scene with DJs and dancing. Pop's will open for the 2017 season on Thursday, May 18.
Mannino's Italian Kitchen
Mannino's Italian Kitchen, Commack: This sleek Italian destination, known for such dishes as grilled octopus and baked lasagna, offers an upstairs deck with seating for about 40. There's also an outdoor lounge with a fire pit and, some nights, live music.
Dodici, Rockville Centre: The busy Rockville Centre street scene may be observed from a sidewalk table outside this local Italian favorite. Among specialties: Margherita pizzetta, fresh cavatelli Bolognese and wood-oven roasted chicken.
Cipollini, Manhasset: Your warm-weather meal is here in the east end of the Americana Shopping Center. Cipollini has a dining room for light Italian cooking, and goes alfresco on the parking lot side. Try the robiola pizza, panini, Tuscan tomato soup, beef carpaccio, seafood salad, grilled octopus or whole branzino.
Maliblue, Lido Beach: The raw bar is an elemental part of this summer spot, but it also serves a lot of steamers, lobster tacos, lobster rolls, baked clams oreganata and pan-seared branzino to balance the burgers, po'boys and chicken-Caesar salad wraps. The umbrellas unfurl in front of the sleek, contemporary restaurant. Scheduled to open May 19.
Tim's Shipwreck Diner
Tim's Shipwreck Diner, Northport: Tim's Shipwreck Diner in Northport is that uncommon diner with outdoor seating, in this case the charming backyard courtyard shielded from the bustle of downtown Northport. Regulars order cheese blintzes, the "wreckfest" burrito, eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles, pancakes, French toast, corned beef hash and eggs, burgers, hot open sandwiches (including meatloaf and roast beef), grilled cheese, club sandwiches and the elemental Monte Cristo sandwich.