Outdoor dining being set up on Columbus Avenue between 72nd and 73rd Streets. Photo by 6sqft
With New York City officially in its second phase of reopening, restaurants were allowed to open for outdoor dining on Monday. This includes not only sidewalk and patio seating, but it lets establishments set up tables in adjacent parking spots. And come next month, certain open streets will be open, too. To help you decide where to eat first, we’ve begun compiling a list of restaurants offering outdoor dining, neighborhood by neighborhood. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so we hope that you, our readers, will share more restaurants with us that we can add to this list.
Popular southern comfort food restaurant Melba’s made headlines this week when they debuted their David Rockwell-designed outdoor seating, which coincided with a visit from the Mayor. Another reason you’ll feel good visiting–owner Melba Wilson has helped countless NYC restaurants over the past few months as president of the NYC Hospitality Alliance.
This neighborhood bar and restaurant has been donating countless meals in partnership with World Central Kitchen, and now that their huge patio is open for outdoor dining, there’s plenty of chances for us to give back to them. It’s first-come, first-serve, and they’re open Sunday-Thursday from 12pm to 10pm and Friday- Saturday from 12pm to 12am.
Upper West Side
This sunny spot on Columbus Avenue has built a lovely outdoor patio in the parking spots adjacent. The restaurant was created by “neighborhood parents, chefs, nutritionists, and food lovers.”
Sido Falafel & More
Perfect for an inexpensive but delicious meal, this Middle Eastern neighborhood favorite also has set up seating at the curb.
This classic French-American bistro has turned the parking spots out front into a picturesque outdoor dining area.
Since 1974, this Italian favorite across from Lincoln Center has been a favorite for outdoor dining, and this summer is no different. Open daily from 12pm-9pm, enjoy all the classics, along with Cafe Fiorello’s famous antipasto bar.
This retro tiki bar has a standing outdoor bar where you can drink all the frozen cocktails while watching the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam Avenue.
The most “downtown” place on the Upper West Side, Jacob’s Pickles typically has a bustling sidewalk cafe, full of folks enjoying fried chicken, fried pickles, and a cold beer. Because the place gets so packed, it’s reservation-only and those are limited to one hour.
Jacob’s next-door sister restaurant is also offering sidewalk seating, where they’re serving their famous French dips and cocktails.
For some delicious and reasonably priced pizza and pasta, Cotta has a lovely outdoor dining setup with both sidewalk and parking spot seating.
On the corner of Columbus and 75th, this Upper West Side mainstay has tons of spacious outdoor seating, some of which feature plastic barriers for added security.
Vin Sur Vingt
Unfortunately, most of this mini wine bar chain’s locations remain closed, but their two UWS spots–one on 84th Street and one on Riverside–are open for outdoor dining, including daytime happy hour specials.
Upper East Side
Spanish tapas bar Boqueria has opened its outdoor patio from 4pm-9pm daily; reservations are recommended.
Felice 83 and Felice 63
Wine bar Felice is taking reservations for sidewalk seating at both of its Upper East Side locations. The restaurant is connected to its own vineyard in Tuscany, so be sure to try one of these three wines–Felice Bianco, Rosso, and Rosato.
Often rated the best spot on the UES for dates, Uva is also known for its romantic backyard garden. This outdoor space is now open, as is an expanded set of sidewalk seating. It’s first-come-first-serve, so make sure you reserve some time to wait for your pasta.
Many will tell you this is the best Italian spot in the neighborhood. If you want to see for yourself, Sfoglia is open for outdoor dining every day from 5-9:30pm.
Casa Del Toro
This Mexican restaurant and cocktail bar has both sidewalk seating and a backyard patio where you can enjoy tacos starting at $4 and an array of margaritas.
Gotham West Market
Since it’s a bit off the beaten path, this food hall tends to get less packed than others. They’ve now set up an outdoor patio where you can enjoy your food from places like Corner Slice pizza, Dell’anima, La Palapa, Don Wagyu, and Sushi on Jones.
Atop the Sanctuary Hotel on West 47th Street, enjoy a bite to eat and a summer cocktail.
Just one block south of Central Park on Sixth Avenue at the 1 Hotel Central Park, Jonathan Waxman’s Jams restaurant has brought its seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine to an outdoor patio.
Enjoy Greek island cuisine at one of eight outdoor seats currently available for lunch and dinner. On Monday, June 29th, Nerai will debut an expansive new courtyard.
Spanish tapas bar Boqueria has opened its outdoor patio from 4pm-9pm daily; reservations are recommended.
Magic Hour rooftop at Moxy Times Square
The largest all-season indoor/outdoor hotel rooftop lounge in NYC has reopened to the public serving food and drinks.
As of July 1, Sushi Lab is opening its rooftop space at The Sanctuary Hotel. With room for 30 guests, they’ll offer omakase and a la carte options.
Nothing says Midtown like a good steak, and Benjamin Prime just opened up its 40-seat outdoor patio.
Loulou Petit Bistro & Speakeasy
This cute Chelsea spot has 15 tables for dining al fresco, serving up bistro classics like Steak Frites.
Catch Steak and Catch NYC have combined to offer three outdoor spaces and one killer surf-and-turf menu. Enjoy the raw bar, sushi, hot seafood, and steaks ranging from a truffle butter filet to a New York strip.
abc kitchen, abcV, and abc cocina
All three abc restaurants have set up an outdoor patio with a limited-time curated menu. The patio is open Tuesday through Saturday from 4-9pm; reservations are encouraged but not required.
Hole in the Wall
With 15 outdoor seats, you can relax in the courtyard and nosh on a breaky roll or crispy pork belly and sip a jalapeno bloody mary or a blood orange negroni. Outdoor dining hours are Thursday through Sunday from 3pm-8pm and reservations can be made through Yelp.
This Italian restaurant and wine bar has a burrata pizza (enough said, right?). They also have a full menu available outside.
Meatpacking classic Pastis is open for outdoor dining, but it won’t be easy snagging a table. You can make reservations up to a week in advance through Resy or by phone.
White Horse Tavern
This historic bar set up sidewalk seating before it was technically legal, but now you can grab a drink on the up-and-up.
Though the High Line park is still closed, adjacent spot Bubby’s has reopened their outdoor patio. Enjoy their popular pancakes and a mimosa at brunch.
This cafe, serving small plates and cocktails, has been around since 1915, and they’re not going anywhere. You can now make reservations online for their sidewalk seating. You’ll also like to know that they’ve delivered over 5,000 meals to local hospitals.
This uber-trendy French spot doesn’t come cheap, but if you’re in the mood for foie gras or one of their dry-aged steaks, there’s sidewalk seating all along their long Seventh Avenue South storefront.
Owned by black restauranteur Michele Gaton, this neighborhood gem has been serving up creative Italian, French, and Mediterranean food for 16 years. Their intimate outdoor setup–24 seats with little trees between each table–is perfect for enjoying their truffled mushroom asparagus turkey burger, banana French toast, or house special spicy margarita.
Neighborhood favorite Bubby’s has reopened its sidewalk seating in Tribeca. From fried chicken and burgers to tons of breakfast options, this is a great pick for the whole family.
On a normal summer day, it’s near impossible to snag a prime-time table at this waterfront restaurant/wine bar/music venue. Unfortunately, their new outdoor dining program still doesn’t take reservations, but it may be worth the wait to enjoy the outdoor patio. This space is open Thursdays and Fridays from 4pm to 10pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 10pm.
Open every day for lunch and dinner, El Vez is serving up its casual Mexican-American fare outside. As their website explains, “the menu is built around guacamoles, fundidos, ceviches, tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas made from scratch.” And of course, plenty of margarita and tequila options.
This isn’t just outdoor seating, it’s outdoor seating ON A BOAT. The trendy raw bar is now taking reservations for seating on the boat or on the pier deck.
This upscale Indian restaurant is offering limited outdoor seating.
Ukrainian staple Veniero’s typically has a large sidewalk cafe, and they’ve opened it back up so you can enjoy pierogis, borscht, and a good cup of coffee.
Starting this weekend, this intimate and incredible wine bar will have outdoor seating every day except Tuesday from 1pm-9pm, which will feature a special tasting menu.
This historic Italian bakery has a new sidewalk cafe where you can order their famous cheesecake, cannoli, cappuccino, and more.
Beloved Italian spot Lil’ Frankies is taking reservations for its outdoor seating, where you can order wood-roasted garlic bread, the handmade ravioli of the day, and homemade tiramisu.
Chef Amanda Cohen’s uber-popular vegetarian spot Dirt Candy took a bit longer to reopen, but their outdoor patio is now welcoming guests from Tuesday to Saturday from 12-8pm
Cathédrale at the Moxy East Village
Cathédrale is a French-Mediterranean Restaurant at the Moxy Hotel, and they’ve just opened up their hidden outdoor dining terrace. It has a retractable roof, can seat 58, and is full of fun foliage. They’re closed Sunday and Monday, but you can make reservations online.
Lower East Side
This popular Thai spot has opened its backyard for reservation-only seatings for 14 days out. According to an Instagram post, “All of our tables will be 6ft apart and seatings are limited to 90 minutes so our staff can safely sanitize the table for the next guest.”
Basque-inspired restaurant Ernesto’s has set up a casual and super-safe outdoor dining experience where guests can order at the counter and then dine from disposable containers, enjoying pinxtos and Spanish wines. They’re open Friday and Saturday from 5-9pm and from 3-7pm on Sunday.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Arguably New York’s most famous dim sum spot, Nom Wah has been in business since 1920. They’ve set up outdoor dining along historic Doyers Street, which is even more charming due to its winding shape.
From 4pm-10pm on weekdays and 12pm-10pm on weekends enjoy a nice cold craft beer with some elevated bar food.
Hole in the Wall
With 10 outdoor seats, you can relax in the courtyard and nosh on a spicy fried chicken sandwich or smoked salmon salad. Outdoor dining hours are Thursday through Sunday from 3pm-8pm and reservations can be made through Yelp.
Brooklyn Chop House
Overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge, this steak house is offering 10 outdoor seats. You can make reservations on Open Table.
DeKalb Open-Air Market
DeKalb Market Hall has transformed itself into an al-fresco market. Located on Albee Square West and within Willoughby Square Park, the open-air market will remain functional through October on Monday through Friday from 11:00AM to 8:00PM. More vendors will be announced soon, but those currently participating include: A Taste of Katz’s, Likkle More Jerk, Pierogi Boys, 100% Mr. Lin, Andrew’s Hard Times Sundaes, Fulton Seafood Landing, Jianbing, Kotti Doner, Brooklyn Wine Cellar, The Flo, Cuzin’s Duzins, and Craft & Carry.
Fornino at Pier 6
What better place to dine outside than right on the East River? Fornino has rooftop seating for 100, where they have a weekday happy hour from 4-7pm that you can enjoy alongside a wood-fired pizza. Reservations can be made through Yelp.
At Michelin Star Chef Danny Brown’s restaurant Estuary, the patio is open with a super-summery seafood-focused menu.
Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge and The Osprey
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is located just south of the Brooklyn Bridge, right on the East River, and both of its restaurants are offering outdoor dining. Harriet’s is offering its craft cocktails and shared plates on the rooftop; reservations are required with a two-hour maximum and minimum of $50. The Osprey is a more casual restaurant serving up market-driven American comfort food. You can make reservations for the Osprey’s large patio for dinner Wednesday through Sunday and for weekend brunch.
This is a great spot for an affordable but amazing steak, which you can now enjoy in their backyard patio. Other picks from the menu include bourbon-brined pork porterhouse, a sweet tea-brined chicken, and a whole trout.
Located in a former warehouse building, Ainslie has plenty of options on a normal day–wine bar, beer garden, wood-fire pizzas, steaks. And this hasn’t changed now. They currently have 36 sidewalk seats, 50 garden seats, and will soon be opening a 26-seat rooftop. Also on offer is an all-you-can-drink brunch on weekends from 12-4pm. You can make reservations on their website.
This all-day cafe has set up the Gertie Summer Shack for outdoor dining on weekends from 11am to 7pm. You can order at the to-go window or via mobile ahead and enjoy sandwiches, veggies, ice cream, natural wines, summer cocktails, and tallboys.
Ten Hope Outdoor Garden
This massive open-air patio, complete with climbing vines and rooftop canopies, is brand new and was designed with social distancing in mind. Enjoy summery dishes like a burrata salad, shakshuka flatbread, and shrimp and scallop ceviche, along with rotating frozen cocktails and a spiked spritz menu. The Ten Hope Outdoor Garden is open Tuesday through Friday from 5pm-11pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-11pm.
If you’re in the mood for some pub grub like a mac n’ cheese burger or pickleback fried sandwich, you’ll want to sit outside at the Bedford. Even the cocktails are creative, including a pecan old-fashioned.
Roebling Sporting Club
Come for the craft cocktail and beers but stay awhile for some bar snacks.
Popular Peruvian restaurant Llama Inn is opening its rooftop and a new outdoor area next week for dinner every night and brunch on the weekends. Parties of up to 6 guests can make reservations on Resy.
Located at the trendy Wythe Hotel, this French brasserie has opened its garden terrace every day from 5-10pm. The outdoor space looks like a Parisian bistro, with hanging lights, climbing vines, and a black-and-white tiled floor.
At their other location, Fornino is serving wood-fired pizzas to 24 seats in their backyard. Reservations can be made through Yelp.
The backyard at this bar is massive, but it somehow still manages to feel like your own backyard. There’s a new menu of creative, warm-weather cocktails, including several alcoholic slushies (available in pitchers, too!) and boilermakers. Groups over 10 are not permitted, and groups of 6-10 can make a reservation.
Pizza people-pleaser Roberta’s is well known for its bustling outdoor garden, and it’s now back open. You can make a reservation via Resy; the garden is open every day from 11am-1opm.
This lovely little Mediterranean restaurant is well known outside of the pandemic for its sunny, landscaped backyard. They even grow their own herbs back there. Miss Ada is currently accepting walk-ins only with hours of 5:30-10:30pm Wednesday-Sunday. Feast on one of their specialty hummus, kabobs, Israeli-inspired salads, or entrees like za’atar-crusted salmon.
Black Forest Brooklyn
German restaurant Black Forest has set up sidewalk seating at its Fort Greene location. They serve traditional dishes like schnitzel and goulash, as well as a special flammkuchen menu, a thin-crust flatbread. They’re closed on Mondays but open 5-9pm Tuesday through Friday and 12-9pm on weekends.
The dine-in patio menu for this upscale corner bistro just steps from Fort Grene Park changes daily, but you can expect lots of salads and veggies, along with larger dishes like hanger steak and grilled black bass.
Architecture firm the Rockwell Group designed the outdoor seating in the parking spaces in front of this Caribbean restaurant. In addition to banquette seating, they have bar-height counters for casual standing room.
Natural wine bar and restaurant Lalou has opened its backyard patio from 5pm-9pm.
Black Forest Brooklyn
German restaurant Black Forest has set up a socially distant backyard beergarden at their Smith Street location. They serve traditional dishes like schnitzel and goulash, as well as a special flammkuchen menu, a thin-crust flatbread. They’re closed on Mondays but open 5-9pm Tuesday through Friday and 12-9pm on weekends.
In the lovely Industry City courtyard, this Thai eatery is hosting special pre-fixe meals on Thursday and Friday evenings. The series, called Full Moon Thai BBQ, is $69 and will include yummy offerings like Yum Pla Dok Foo (crispy fish wafer, mango salad), Jin Hoom Nuea (oxtail stew, rice, seafood sauce), and a spicy cilantro margarita. It’s reservation-only, and there will be two seatings each night–at 6:30PM and 8:30PM.
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Nothing says summer like a lobster roll, and Red Hook has some of the best. They now have expanded sidewalk seating and are accepting reservations. Plus, for the mont of June, they’re donating all proceeds from alcohol sales to Know Your Rights Camp.
Long Island City
Newly opened on the Gantry State Park waterfront, there’s plenty of sidewalk seating at this restaurant with a deep craft beer list.
This trendy hotel opened three outdoor dining spaces, including a brand new rooftop Greek restaurant called Perivóli. There’s also luxury pool lounge Profundo and Asian and South American restaurant The Penthouse. To ensure a safe space, Ravel partnered with Vestibular Diagnostics PA to provide private COVID-19 testing for all guests with a reservation.
Bel Aire Diner
This retro diner recently transformed its parking lot into a drive-in movie theater, and they recently added live comedy shows to the roster. Those with tickets can order food off the menu and enjoy it in their cars.
Enzo’s of Arthur Avenue
In the heart of Bronx Little Italy, Enzo’s is serving its modern Italian cuisine at a new sidewalk cafe.
Long-time Arthur Avenue classic Emilia’s has built a charming outdoor patio.
This creative Italian restaurant has also set up a sidewalk patio along Arthur Avenue.
Hudson Smokehouse (opening July 2)
Ribs, fried chicken, BBQ pork–you can get your full barbecue fix at this South Bronx spot with outdoor seating designed by David Rockwell.
Ceetay (opening July 2)
Another restaurant utilizing David Rockwell’s outdoor seating design, Ceetay has tons of sushi options.
The Butchers Daughter
This plant-based restaurant has opened its outdoor patios for all three of its locations–West Village, Nolita, and Williamsburg.
This laid-back taco spot has opened outdoor seating at its locations on the Upper West Side, Nolita, and Fort Greene. You can reserve a table ahead or join a mobile waitlist if you’re a walk-in.
This pizza spot is popular for groups, and even though this might not be possible, they’ve still set up outdoor dining at their East Village and West Village locations. We assume they’ll open up more of their spots, too.
Haru is a great choice for upscale sushi that won’t break the bank. Their locations in Hell’s Kitchen, the Upper West Side, Times Square, and Wall Street have outdoor dining options.
This vegan sushi spot is offering a small number of outdoor seats at their Upper East Side, Hell’s Kitchen, Nolita, and Union Square locations.
Fields Good Chicken
This healthy chicken mini-chain has opened up outdoor dining at its 40th and Madison, 52nd and Lexington, Financial District, and Union Square locations. In addition to regular plates, all of the locations are offering a Meals to Share menu, which is catered to groups and comes with a choice of three sides, two house-made sauces, and three pieces of gluten-free cornbread.
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