60 NYC restaurants with heaters for outdoor dining

Posted On Thu, October 15, 2020 By

Posted On Thu, October 15, 2020 By In City Living, Features, NYC Guides, Restaurants, Top Stories

Photo of Bubby’s Tribeca, courtesy of Bubby’s

Though indoor dining is permitted at 25-percent capacity in New York City, a lot of people still don’t feel 100-percent comfortable with the idea. Luckily, the city made its outdoor dining program permanent and year-round and gave restaurants the go-ahead to install outdoor heat lamps. If you’re looking for one of these spots to dine al fresco without shivering, we’ve begun a running list throughout the city. Know of another spot? Let us know in the comments!



Harlem Tavern
This neighborhood bar and restaurant has a huge outdoor patio with heat lamps.

Corner Social
Local favorite Corner Social set up a covered, heated outdoor patio where you can enjoy brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Upper West Side

Cafe Du Soleil
This French bistro became Insta-famous when they installed 16 plastic “space bubbles” along Broadway. They’re not technically heated, but with the body heat inside, they’ll definitely be a touch warmer than the outside temperature. In an Instagram post, the restaurant wrote that “each one has four large openings, two doors and two windows, which allow uninterrupted ventilation. They are sanitized – cleaned and disinfected – before and after each customer visit.”

The Smith
At all of their four NYC locations, tried-and-true favorite The Smith will have gas heaters installed by the end of October/early November.

Good Enough to Eat
This country-esque spot has one of the strongest brunch games on the Upper West Side, and their sidewalk cafe features overhead heat lamps.

The Viand 
This Upper West Side mainstay is like an upscale diner. There outdoor dining has been moved to a tent with hanging heat lamps.

This intimate Japanese Omakase restaurant has installed overhead electric heaters atop their covered, but still airy, outdoor setups at both their Noho and Upper West Side locations.

Upper East Side

Bella Blu
This neighborhood Italian spot has several heat lamps for its sidewalk cafe.

Cafe D’Alsace
A popular brunch spot, this Alsatian restaurant boasts a beer sommelier–and heat lamps for outdoor dining.

Hell’s Kitchen

This gastropub on 9th Avenue has a large outdoor dining setup complete with plexiglass dividers, umbrellas, and heaters.

Casa Del Toro
This Mexican restaurant and cocktail bar has a tented and heated backyard patio where you can enjoy tacos starting at $4 and an array of margaritas.


If you’re in the mood for a sushi roll, MakiMaki is winterizing the walls and rooftop of its outdoor dining patio and bringing in heaters and blankets.

The Smith
At all of their four NYC locations, tried-and-true favorite The Smith will have gas heaters installed by the end of October/early November.

Haven Rooftop
Atop the Sanctuary Hotel on West 47th Street, Haven Rooftop has employed something truly unique to keep diners warm–six high-top tables with a heater located at the legs, with two settings to adjust warmth to your liking. There are also freestanding electric heathers throughout the rest of the space.

Sushi Lab
Also located atop the Sanctuary Hotel, Sushi Lab has room for 30 guests outside, where you can order omakase and a la carte options enjoyed next to electric heaters.

Greek island cuisine is on the menu at Nerai’s gorgeous outdoor garden, where electric heaters have been installed on their umbrellas.

Magic Hour rooftop at Moxy Times Square
Diners can expect most tables to have overhead heaters at this all-season indoor/outdoor hotel rooftop lounge.

Murray Hill

Contemporary Asian restaurant Hortus has a hidden garden oasis on its second floor, complete with propane heat lamps, lights hanging above, and umbrellas for when it rains.


Patent Pending
This once solely subterranean speakeasy now has 26 seats for outdoor dining, and beginning this month, they’ll be installing five weather-proof canvas huts with heaters, featuring wood benches and cozy seating for six (where you can enjoy a seasonal cocktail!).

The Smith
At all of their four NYC locations, tried-and-true favorite The Smith will have gas heaters installed by the end of October/early November.

230 Fifth
One of NYC’s best-known rooftop bars has always had heat, and it’s now come in extra handy. They historically offer guests snuggies to wear, though we’re not sure what the COVID protocol is now.


Socarrat Paella Bar
There’s something very romantic about sharing a plate of paella, but it’s made even more so in Socarrat’s enchanting (and heated!) outdoor garden, which has twinkly lights, climbing vines and potted plants, and a covered rooftop.

There’s something for everyone on this neighborhood staple, which has installed heat lamps throughout its sidewalk cafe.

Union Square/Flatiron

You can dine in a Mediterranean-style garden outside at this Greek taverna, which has plenty of heat lamps.

Popular pasta-centric Italian restaurant Rezdôra has heat lamps for its outdoor dining area.

Hole in the Wall
The new location of this Australian restaurant and cafe at the Hotel Henri made for perfect cold-weather outdoor dining; the hotel’s marquee doubles as a giant heater and is also a great way to shelter from a storm.

Meatpacking District

This classic Meatpacking spot is serving up traditional French fare at its corner outdoor patio, to which they’ve added heat lamps.

City Winery
Entertainment venue and restaurant City Winery opened their massive new flagship at Pier 57 this week. It includes 70 seats outside, which overlook the Hudson River and the new offshore park at Pier 55. The expansive wine list includes 1,200 bottles from 20 different countries, and the menu features Mediterranean-inspired fare like a whipped feta dip and an array of flatbreads. Heat lamps are coming to the outdoor space soon.

The Chester
The American bistro at the Gansevoort Hotel has outdoor tables, banquets with privacy screens, and high-top and counter-style service–all set along the adjacent cobblestone plaza bordered by permanent industrial flower beds and outdoor heaters.

Greenwich Village

Super popular French restaurant Boucherie not only has plastic dividers between its outdoor tables, but they’ve added heat lamps, too.

Senza Gluten
At both their Sullivan Street locations, these quaint gluten-free Italian eateries are offering outdoor seating, but at Senza Gluten Cafe & Bakery they’ve also installed heat lamps within the covered outdoor dining area.

Bar Pitti
Celeb sightings are all too common at Bar Pitti, so if you’re down for Italian food and people watching, snag a table at their outdoor cafe that features partitions and heat lamps.

Olio e Piú
For years, this lovely trattoria has offered a plethora of sidewalk seating thanks to its location on extra-wide Greenwich Street. Enjoy a thin-crust pizza alongside a heat lamp, as well as plexiglass dividers and potted plants.

East Village

This Avenue A taqueria has constructed a more enclosed seating area to block the wind for its outdoor dining patio, and the team is installing heaters over the coming days, so diners can cozy up while enjoying tacos and cocktails al fresco.

The Smith
At all of their four NYC locations, tried-and-true favorite The Smith will have gas heaters installed by the end of October/early November.

Lower East Side

This cozy, contemporary Russian restaurant has installed heat lamps. They’re currently offering a Natural Wine Happy Hour featuring Eastern European wines on Mondays and Tuesdays, which you can enjoy alongside warming dishes like borscht, wagyu beef stroganoff, Adjaruli Khachapuri (the popular Georgian cheese bread).


Musket Room
With a Michelin star, this popular spot serves modern, globally inspired cuisine in their beautiful outdoor garden that features heated umbrellas.

Short Stories
This all-day cafe and bar on Bowery likely has the pinkest outdoor dining setup in the city, and soon they’ll be warming it up with heaters.

In a self-description, Wayan tells guests to “think Indonesian flavors paired with a bold French touch.” The restaurant is the first solo venture from Cédric Vongerichten, Chef Jean-Georges’ son. Their customized outdoor dining tent features hanging heat lamps.

This intimate Japanese Omakase restaurant has installed overhead electric heaters atop their covered, but still airy, outdoor setups at both their Noho and Upper West Side locations.


Dr. Clark
NYC’s first Hokkaido restaurant has installed outdoor kotatsu dining tables–low wooden tables set atop futon frames with blankets that have heaters underneath them. The idea is that diners will sit on the floor and pull the blankets onto themselves; they can be controlled with individual remote controls.


La Mercerie
Located inside the Roman and Williams Guild home furnishings store, this fancy French restaurant really feels like Paris, and their outdoor dining setup is no exception. They’re offering heaters and blankets.

Gitano’s Garden of Love
This trendy Tulum-inspired restaurant/cocktail bar has added space heaters to its jungle-style outdoor setup. They also offer blankets to chilly customers.


Neighborhood favorite Bubby’s has added heaters for its expanded outdoor dining setup, so you can enjoy your brunch or pie or comfort food no matter what the temperature.

This two Michelin-starred Korean restaurant has created a “cabana-inspired set up” for outdoor dining, with tables featuring mosquito netting and heat lamps. The outdoor space can seat 30 people.


Brooklyn Chop House 
This steakhouse overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge has installed three oversized tents for outdoor dining, all of which will be kept at a comfortable 70 degrees thanks to a half dozen industrial-grade heaters overhead (no one wants a cold steak!).

Clinton Hall
Beer and burgers are what Clinton Hall does best, and their huge outdoor dining area has tons of overhead heaters so you can enjoy them–along with items like hard seltzers, crispy chicken wings, and giant pretzels–comfortably.



Le Crocodile
This French brasserie turned garden café at the trendy Wythe Hotel will make you feel like you’re dining at a Parisian bistro, with hanging lights, climbing vines, a black-and-white tiled floor, and now, heat lamps.

Talk Story Rooftop
Atop the McCarren Hotel, this open-air tropical cocktail bar will also do its best to feel like the tropics with plants and shrubbery and a roll-a-cover retractable roof and heating system. You can also warm up with a hot seasonal cocktail.

Ten Hope
At the start of the pandemic, this friendly restaurant opened a massive open-air patio, complete with climbing vines, rooftop canopies, and now, over a dozen heaters. The new autumn menu includes dishes like squid ink gnocchi and kofta burgers. The Ten Hope Outdoor Garden is open Tuesday through Friday from 5pm-11pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-11pm.

Located in a former warehouse building, Ainslie has plenty of options on a normal day–wine bar, beer garden, wood-fire pizzas, steaks. Also on offer is an all-you-can-drink brunch on weekends from 12-4pm. This can all be enjoyed at the whopping 140 outdoor seats, which benefit from electric heaters and blowers, as well as propone heaters.


Enjoy a wood-fired pizza in the backyard with heaters.


Roberta’s is inarguably one of the city’s best-known contemporary pizza spots, and their outdoor tiki garden is now heated. You can make a reservation via Resy; the garden is open every day from 11am-1opm.

Fort Greene

Miss Ada
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!), and now it’s being heated for the colder months. There is also a sidewalk cafe for additional seating. Feast on one of their specialty hummus, kabobs, Israeli-inspired salads, or entrees like za’atar-crusted salmon. Miss Ada is currently reservation-only.

Cobble Hill

Kitchen at Cobble Hill
In addition to large, electric heat lamps, every chair at this cozy restaurant is draped with a plaid flannel blanket.

Crown Heights

Cent’Anni Brooklyn
Known for their handmade pasta, Cent’Anni has added heat lamps to their charming garden.

Brooklyn Heights

Heights Cafe
This friendly neighborhood spot has installed heat lamps for its sidewalk cafe.

Dellarocco’s of Brooklyn
Enjoy your thin-crust, brick-oven pizza while staying just as toasty as your pie.

The Osprey
Located at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, this farm-to-table restaurant has extended its outdoor dining program with heaters, so you can sip a seasonal cocktail outside overlooking the famous bridge.

Sunset Park

Brooklyn Kura
Industry City’s sake brewery and taproom is installing heat lamps in its scenic courtyard and hopes to bring back the outdoor firepit from last year. They will also begin offering warm sake (warmed to an exact temperature using a brand-new immersion warmer!), along with hearty charcuterie options.



Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
NYC’s oldest beer garden is always a great choice for fall with its brews and brats, but this year the fun can go on even longer thanks to heat lamps in their huge outdoor patio.




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