Dining Al Fresco
I've been looking forward to long, warm evenings when you can dine outside. Al fresco dining began way back in the Stone Age, when families clad in skimpy leopard skins cooked their huge slabs of meat over an open fire. Imagine trying to enjoy your rhinoceros steak while being attacked by mosquitoes the size of a Cessna. Things took a definite turn for the better when the Italians invented the trattoria. The word means "sidewalk" where tables are often placed in warm weather. Restaurants that feature patio or terrace dining are in big demand during the warm months, so reserve ahead. Some great New York restaurants that offer nice outdoor dining opportunities are Esca, Barbetta and Da Silvano.