PASSAIC COUNTY, N.J. -- Summer's finally here -- and with it the perfect weather for dining al fresco.
The county is brimming with "hot" spots, from rooftop decks to secluded patios. Got a favorite we missed? Tell us about it on our Facebook page. In the meantime, enjoy the breeze with the following options.
Barnyard & Carriage House, Totowa: A spacious patio allows for the pleasures of summer while enjoying hearty American fare, and hopefully, a cocktail! Dine al fresco: 754 Totowa Rd., Totowa, (973) 942-8229.
Cinco de Mayo, Bloomingdale: Classic Mexican fare and a fiesta-like atmosphere make this a outdoor patio -- with its purple fencing -- a perennial favorite. Dine al fresco : 125 Hamburg Turnpike, Bloomingdale, (973) 850-6777.
Mazaj Restaurant, Paterson: Enjoy authentic Lebanese fare wish a side of sky at the lovely outdoor patio at Mazaj. Dine al fresco : 1255 Madison Ave., Paterson, (973) 278-7559.
Monica's Cafe, Pompton Lakes: Gluten-free pasta and a wide range of entrees make this casual eatery, with its outdoor patio, an easy family outing. Dine al fresco: 1 Lakeside Ave., Pompton Lakes, (973) 616-5457.
381 Main Bar & Grill, Little Falls: Tons of TVs and a sports vibe keep this pace buzzing but it's the outdoor patio that, come summer, is where the action is. Dine al fresco: 381 Main St., Little Falls, (973) 785-3815.