31 of the Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining in NYC Right Now
While Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that patrons need to show proof of vaccination status in order to dine indoors, many of us aren’t comfortable eating inside just yet. Don’t fret—you can still get a great meal and support local restaurants with outdoor dining in NYC right now. Top restaurants around the city have revamped their outdoor setups, offering safe and enjoyable dining experiences. From heated lamps to garden patios, check out these 31 restaurants featuring seriously creative outdoor dining options.
Editor’s note: All the restaurants listed are currently operating with recommended safety recommendations in place, but be sure to read up on the latest NYC COVID-19 guidelines before you dine.
This Williamsburg favorite is open for outdoor dining this winter. The wine bar, beer garden, and Italian restaurant has an expansive sidewalk seating area in addition to having an open air back-bar with communal tables separated by plexiglass. Tuck into wood-fired pizzas, pastas and more (wood-fired rosemary wings, anyone?).
76 Ainslie St, Brooklyn; ainsliebk.com
2. Hamilton Hall
This Hamilton Heights beer hall only opened its doors a couple of months ago but it’s already proving popular with locals, thanks to its excellent selection of draft beers, tasty eats and heated outdoor dining booths in front of the restaurant. (Psst: We also hear that the burgers and chicken wings are seriously good.)
3489 Broadway; (646) 454-9797 or hamiltonhallnyc.com
3. Jeju Noodle Bar
Get cozy in one of the covered, heated tents on the sidewalk at this Michelin-starred Korean restaurant (the first noodle restaurant to receive a Michelin Star in the country, NBD) in the West Village. Slurp on flavor-packed ramyuns like the gochu ramyun with pork belly, kimchi and and scallions or the family ramyun with shrimp, squid and mushrooms. Yum.
679 Greenwich St.; (646) 666-0947 or jejunoodlebar.com
4. Brooklyn Chop House
This FiDi steakhouse is heating things up outdoors this season by keeping temperatures at 70 degrees underneath each of the restaurant’s three oversized tents, thanks to a half dozen industrial-grade heaters overhead. Translation? You’ll stay warm and cozy as you dig into your ribeye or filet mignon. (Note: They also offer mouthwatering seafood and chicken dishes.)
150 Nassau St.; brooklynchophouse.com
5. Dr. Clark
Forget dinner under the stars, we want to eat dinner under at disco ball. And at Yudai Kanayama’s newest restaurant in Chinatown, you can do exactly that. To sit at the kotatsu dining table (with a sparkling disco ball hanging up above), guests remove their shoes before being seated at the low wooden table—but don’t worry, a blanket and a heater keeps things nice and cozy. Specializing in Hokkaido comfort-food like jingisukan lamb BBQ, house smoked sashimi, uni, and "zangi" fried chicken, the restaurant plants to have a karaoke bar up and running as soon as its safe to do so.
104 Bayard St.; (646) 998-3408 or drclarkhouse.com
This beloved East Village restaurant known for its refined and authentic Korean cuisine and artful plating has introduced outdoor dining for the colder months with heated, private rooms that are tricked out with 3000 watt mighty dual heaters and completely separated from each other to avoid air flow between tables. The space is warm and elegant, offering diners a cozy, safe and secluded dining experience. Chef Kim and his team have also added new menu items including a returning favorite, the truffle seafood broth with crispy rice, among other warm and comforting dishes for the season.
119 1st Avenue; oijinyc.com
7. The Greens at the Rooftop at Pier 17
Check out the new winterized dining experience in the Seaport District, complete with 28 rooftop cabins: The Greens at the Rooftop at Pier 17. The socially distant dining retreat warms up with a new seasonal menu and signature cocktails by award-winning Greenwich Village bar Dante. The dining cabins are 12 by 10 feet, can fit up to 10 guests and are decked with classic winter decor. Amenities include cozy and comfortable banquette seating, floor-to-ceiling views of NYC, a virtual fireplace, electric heating and more.
89 South Street; pier17ny.com
The modern Italian restaurant in NoMad (known for its spaghetti tomato basil) is set for winter service with an outdoor garden café, with a semi-enclosed pergola and heater. The beautiful retreat features a floral archway, orange trees, draping ivy, plant dividers and bistro lights. There are 70 outdoor seats, safely distanced from one another.
88 Madison Avenue; scarpettarestaurants.com
9. The Standard Grill
The all-day bistro and café serving new American cuisine and comforting New York classics in downtown Manhattan has a street side bistro space with café curtains and a white oak bar. It’s now offering extended outdoor seating along Washington Street and in the hotel’s plaza. Enjoy the signature Standard burger and roast chicken for two, paired with a rotating list of seasonal cocktails, craft beers and accessible wines.
848 Washington Street; thestandardgrill.com
10. Le Crocodile
Williamsburg brasserie Le Crocodile at Wythe Hotel has brought the classic, full-service restaurant experience outdoors, offering its brasserie menu in the adjoining, open-air gardens of the hotel, complete with retractable roof and heaters throughout the space.
80 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn; lecrocodile.com
11. Indo-Chalet at Wayan
The Indo-Chalet by the Wayan features five tables outfitted in sleek two-tiered cooktops surrounded by lush foliage and heaters under a covered structure. Guests can choose from an assortment of Wayan’s signature satays and sides, where they’ll be able to cook the satays in their desired marinades and sauces on the grill, while keeping the sides hot on the granite stone top level.
20 Spring Street; wayan-nyc.com
12. The Greenhouse Patio at James
The Michelin Plate rated, charming neighborhood restaurant and provisions shop in Prospect Heights offers counter-service-only outdoor dining, complete with a community herb garden featuring hardy winter greens like evergreen and spruce. The menu is a vegetable-forward, farm-driven menu with seasonal soups, bone broths, snacks and larger mains.
605 Carlton Ave., Brooklyn; jamesrestaurantny.com
13. Nami Nori
This Japanese restaurant in the West Village specializes in open temaki hand rolls and has an enclosed outdoor seating area in the front of the restaurant, complete with lush plants acting as a barrier between tables and cozy candles on each table. When seated, each guest also receives a (clean) hot stone to hold in their hands to keep warm throughout service.
33 Carmine Street; naminori.nyc
The popular Prospect Heights spot showcases seasonal and creative vegetable-forward dishes that highlight produce from the lush backyard garden as well as local farmers and purveyors. For outdoor dining in the garden and out front of the restaurant, Olmsted offers both Sunglow heaters and a selection of soft, colorful Pendleton blankets to keep guests warm while they’re outside.
659 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn; olmstednyc.com
15. Red Rooster
The Harlem eatery from Marcus Samuelsson has heated outdoor patio seating along Malcolm X Boulevard, where hungry diners can tuck into Red Rooster classics like shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles and rum-chocolate cake.
310 Malcolm X Blvd; (212) 792-9001 or redroosterharlem.com
16. 15 East @ Tocqueville
Recently, the two iconic Union Square restaurants 15 East and Tocqueville merged into one. At the new 15 East @ Tocqueville, guests can enjoy offerings from both Michelin-recognized restaurants in the Tocqueville space. The sprawling outdoor dining room set under an elegant glass canopy to shelter one from the elements was designed to bring a sense of calm and comfort—something we could all use more of right now. Here you’ll find seasonal foliage and vegetables, infrared heat lamps, sheepskin throws and wrap-around banquettes to keep guests cozy, warm and comfortable while dining under a New York sky.
1 East 15th Street; tocquevillerestaurant.com
17. e’s BAR
This Upper West Side spot offers guests the ability to dine in their very own bubble with personalized heat pointed directly at your table for two. Bonus: Check out their generous Happy Hour: beer on draft for $6, wine for $7, a beer and shot combo for $9, and e's burger or falafel burger for $5. Happy hour goes from opening to 7 p.m. every night.
511 Amsterdam Ave.; e-barnyc.com
Hütte is bringing the Alps to the Upper East Side this winter. The new backyard eatery has the feel of an après ski lounge with a menu chock full of Austrian-style comfort foods. We love the cozy tents decked out with string lighting, electric heaters, farmhouse wooden tables, and chairs and couches draped with cozy blankets. The menu features game meats and charcuterie, along with dishes like fondue and venison goulash, perfect to pair with a glass of Austrian wine like Blaufränkisch or Grüner Veltliner.
1652 2nd Ave.; huttenyc.com
Guests can get cozy at Lucciola with an intimate bubble dining experience consisting of a 15 by 15 feet clear waterproof and wind-resistant tent. Chef Michele Casadei Massari is serving a two-course truffle prix-fixe menu with wine pairings in four bubbles on the restaurant’s patio.
621 Amsterdam Ave.; lucciolanyc.com
Presenting an excellent reason to venture to Midtown: Nerai, the seafood orientated Greek restaurant, has electric heaters installed overhead on their umbrellas in the restaurant’s expansive outdoor garden where a sculpture garden once stood. Indulge in their signature savory seafood orzotto, which features fresh octopus, shrimp, mussels and calamari in a saffron broth, and is sure to warm you up on a chilly day.
55 E 54th Street; nerainyc.com
21. Maki Kosaka
This new casual sushi restaurant by the team behind Michelin-starred Kosaka shares the space with Kinka, a plant speakeasy where chef Sho Boo creates fun takes on handrolls. There are 12 seats available for outdoor seating, all of which are covered by umbrellas offering a rain-free dining experience with heat lamps in a garden-like box as plants outline the area.
55 West 19th Street; makikosaka.com
22. Ten Hope
Ten Hope’s winter garden in Williamsburg has over a dozen heaters in place in order to provide every single outside table with heat to keep diners warm and comfortable. Enjoy squid ink gnocchi, a juicy 10-ounce burger or a kofta burger paired with one of their speciality cocktails like Todd’s Hot Date (a hot toddy with brandy, bourbon, date molasses, lemon and clove) or Cran-Apple Mule (vodka, fresh apple cider, ginger Bber, cranberry, orange bitters).
10 Hope St., Brooklyn; tenhopebk.com
23. Isabelle's Osteria
Gramercy newcomer Isabelle’s Osteria serves comforting Italian favorites like lumache with pork ragu, pumpkin pappardelle and more, with all the pastas made in-house daily. The enclosed, airy whitewashed outdoor veranda is fully heated—and features a swing!
245 Park Avenue South; isabellesnyc.com
This popular omakase establishment features overhead heaters in a stylishly covered but airy, outdoor space at both of their NoHo and Upper West Side locations. Here you’ll find traditional offerings served with a delicious twist (think bluefin tuna topped with shiitake mushroom and roasted almond or yellowtail topped with pickled banana peppers).
319 Bowery and 286 Columbus Ave.; explorekissaki.com
25. Amor Cubano
This East Harlem institution known for its excellent Cuban sandwiches has a semi-enclosed outdoor space outside the restaurant on Third Avenue with heaters to keep diners warm. We recommend dining with your pod so that you can get the classic sandwich and some of the other standout dishes including ropa vieja, churrasco and homemade empanadas...all washed down with a mojito, of course.
2018 3rd Ave.; (212) 996-1220 or amorcubanonyc.com
26. Restaurant Daniel
Enjoy your meal in the sidewalk bungalows in front of the world-renowned Michelin-star restaurant. You can’t miss the red and white striped cabins with peaked roofs and porthole shaped openings on the sides. Marine cabin heaters come with every Boulud Sur Mer bungalow for an extra warm and cozy feeling (tip: this one’s a great date spot!). Rather than a wood door or plastic, the warm yet well-ventilated bungalows open with the swoop of a curtain. How dramatic!
60 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065; danielnyc.com
Another restaurant, another yurt village but this time with a catch: the yurts at this Williamsburg spot are in partnership with American Express, which means you have to be a card member to book one. So, if you’ve got an Amex, now’s the time to use it! But if you don’t, just check out some of the other great outdoor restaurant options on this list.
567 Union Avenue, Brooklyn; lilianewyork.com
28. Hachi Maki
The ramen and temaki spot on the Upper West Side is named for the headband that sushi chefs wear (hachimaki) and the lucky number eight (hachi). It merges sushi, ramen, and other yum yums like maki sets. The kanpachi crudo and the Midnight (AKA Hangover) Ramen are fast fan favorites. The outdoor dining reflects the inside with pine wood, hanging lanterns, graphics and a display of hachimakis. The heated warm but airy outdoor space seats 40.
522 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024; hachimaki.com
29. Sola Pasta Bar
The family-owned Italian restaurant in Soho keeps diners cozy with greenhouse-style “Soho Cottages” that are decked out with over-the-top floral installations, Bluetooth speakers, adjustable heaters, and small firefly lamps. The design was constructed to imitate a romantic evening in Capri. Their menu includes delicious standards like cacio e pepe, spaghetti al pomodoro, and black ink squid spaghetti.
330 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013; solahospitality.com
The thrumming (and gorgeous) new French bistro and speakeasy is named after owner Mathias Van Leyden’s adorable rescue dog (who loves to greet diners!). Located on the corner of 19th Street and 8th Avenue, their heated outdoor dining setup features strewn overhead paper lanterns and an abundance of flowers. Specialties include duck leg confit, ratatouille, whole grilled branzino, steak frites and a rib eye. Brunch signatures include a croissant French toast, smoked salmon, The Loulou Burger, and eggs Benedict.
176 8th Avenue; loulounyc.com
31. American Brass
Looking for dinner with a view? Check out this Long Island City spot that boasts 34 heated greenhouses overlooking the East River. Each one can hold up to six people so you and your pod can safely enjoy gazing at the Manhattan skyline while tucking into seared scallops, steak frites and wild mushroom risotto.
2-01 50th Ave, Queens; (718) 806-1106 or americanbrasslic.com
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