32 of the Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining in NYC Right Now
Whether you’re still not entirely comfortable dining indoors just yet or want to make the most out of this gorgeous fall weather that we’ve been having, we've got you covered with our roundup of the best outdoor dining in NYC. Top restaurants around the city have kept their revamped outdoor setups from earlier on in the pandemic and new spots have opened up with al fresco dining in mind, giving New Yorkers a plethora of safe and beautiful options to kick back with friends and enjoy a delicious meal. From heated lamps to garden patios, check out these 32 restaurants featuring truly excellent outdoor dining options.
This Williamsburg favorite is open for outdoor dining throughout the seasons. 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 opened its doors during the pandemic 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
When evening temperatures start to drop, you can stay 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. Casa Limone
Did your trip to Italy get canceled last year? No matter. You can savor the tastes of southern Italy at this delightful spot in Midtown where seasonal produce and Italian-imported ingredients are the star of the show. The pastas are divine, the pizza is fabulous and the desserts will have you feeling like you’re living la dolce vita... all of which can be enjoyed on the charming covered patio.
20 E 49th St; casalimonerestaurant.com
5. Brooklyn Chop House
This FiDi steakhouse features outdoor seating with plastic barriers between tables, and last winter offered three oversized tents with 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
6. 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. Specializing in Hokkaido comfort-food like jingisukan lamb BBQ, house smoked sashimi, uni, and "zangi" fried chicken, the restaurant plans to have a karaoke bar up and running in the near future.
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 features 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
8. The Greens at the Rooftop at Pier 17
Check out this ultra-chic dining experience in the Seaport District, complete with 28 personal mini lawns in the warmer months or personal rooftop cabins during winter. The socially distant dining retreat features some of the best views of Lower Manhattan in the city, not to mention a stand-out cocktail menu. We love the summer vibes of the mini lawns but also can’t wait for the return of the dining cabins that can fit up to 10 guests and include cozy and comfortable banquette seating, a virtual fireplace, electric heating and more.
89 South Street; pier17ny.com
The modern Italian restaurant in NoMad (known for its spaghetti tomato basil) features an outdoor garden café, with a semi-enclosed pergola and heating in the cooler months. The beautiful retreat features a floral archway, orange trees, draping ivy, plant dividers and bistro lights.
88 Madison Avenue; scarpettarestaurants.com
10. 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. 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
11. 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
12. Indo-Chalet at Wayan
The Indo-Chalet by the Wayan features outdoor 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
13. The Greenhouse Patio at James
The Michelin Plate rated, charming neighborhood restaurant and provisions shop in Prospect Heights offers outdoor dining, complete with a community herb garden. The menu is a vegetable-forward, farm-driven menu with seasonal soups, bone broths, snacks and larger mains.
605 Carlton Ave., Brooklyn; jamesrestaurantny.com
14. Nami Nori
This Japanese restaurant in the West Village specializes in open temaki hand rolls and has an 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
16. 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
17. 15 East @ Tocqueville
Last year, 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
18. e’s BAR
This Upper West Side spot with street seating offers guests a very 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 season. The 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. May we recommend the spaghetti caccio e pepe with truffle? You won’t regret it.
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
22. Maki Kosaka
This recently-opened 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. The covered outdoor seating boasts heat lamps in a garden-like box with plants outlining the area.
55 West 19th Street; makikosaka.com
23. Ten Hope
Ten Hope’s open air garden patio in Williamsburg is the perfect spot to tuck into 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 beer, cranberry, orange bitters).
10 Hope St., Brooklyn; tenhopebk.com
24. Isabelle's Osteria
Gramercy spot 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 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
26. 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 a group 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
27. 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
29. 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
30. 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
32. 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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