Springtime in New York may not have the same allure as springtime in Paris, but with this year's early arrival of the warm weather, the entire city seems to be fully embracing the new season. Union Square is crowded again, the sidewalks are packed, and people are coming out of the woodwork to enjoy New York. There's no better way to make the most of the extra hours of sunlight than to dine outside, so we've rounded up some of our favorite Downtown restaurants where you can eat outdoors. From the best sidewalk seating for people-watching to hidden backyard gardens, here's where to go to dine al fresco.

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