25 Ultra Cozy Places for Outdoor Dining in NYC This Winter
The weather outside may be frightful, but you can still enjoy outdoor dining in NYC this winter. Top restaurants around the city are revamping their outdoor setups, offering safe and cozy dining experiences throughout the colder months. From heated lamps to yurt villages, check out these 25 restaurants featuring seriously creative outdoor dining options that will keep you warm all season long.
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 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
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
3. Crown Shy
How does dinner in your very own yurt sound? This American eatery in Fi-Di has set up a yurt village available to diners through the end of February so you can tuck into tasty mains like branzino with squash mole or roasted lamb with beets and harissa al fresco. (Psst: Don’t skip dessert—the sticky toffee pudding is divine.)
70 Pine Street; crownshy.nyc
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. The Garret Coctelería
The Little Italy based arm of The Garret collective of bars has launched a festive, Latin-inspired holiday pop-up called Feliz Coctelería, open until December 30. Feliz Coctelería features three heated outdoor cabins outside that sit parties up to six—all adorned with gorgeous decor, colorful blankets and snuggly throws to keep diners warm, plus heaters for cozy imbibing. Menu items include snow globe ice spheres, color-changing tea-infused ice cubes, and spicy renditions of traditional holiday beverages.
349 Broome St.; thegarretcocteleria.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
Kyma in Flatiron has created the perfect outdoor garden set up in partnership with Chateau D’esclans’ Whispering Angel wine. The patio embraces the South of France’s vibe, utilizing vines incorporating the region’s signature blue hydrangea, twinkle lights, leafy palms, lavender, and, yes, even bottles of wine. A glass of Pinot under the stars? Yes please.
15 W 18th Street; kymarestaurants.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 warm drinks like Glüwein—a German and Austrian take on mulled wine made with warming cinnamon, herbs and spices.
652 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. Additionally, the restaurant has decorated with Christmas trees throughout the outdoor area. Enjoy squid ink gnocchi, a juicy 10-ounce burger or a kofta burger paired with a hot toddy in this winter wonderland.
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
24. Restaurant Daniel
For a forever Nutcracker ballet-esque feeling, enjoy winter 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. So yea, your lunch or dinner is definitely like going to the theater.
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