New York City restaurants can officially offer outdoor dining. If you have questions as to what exactly that means, we have an FAQ guide to help you sort that out, but here are a few important stipulations: Masks are required for restaurant staff, you’ll have to wear a mask when not seated at your table, and all tables need to be six feet apart. Party sizes will also be limited to 10 people, although many restaurants have tighter restrictions for the number of people you can eat with, so it’s important to check with places ahead of time. Plenty of restaurants also have time limits for sit-down meals, and these typically range from 1-1.5 hours.
Now that we got all those logistics out of the way, here’s a running list of NYC restaurants where you can sit outside, eat off a real plate, and make socially distanced small talk with someone who doesn’t live in your household. If you know of a place that should be on this guide, send us an email at email@example.com. We’ll be updating this regularly.
Claro’s big backyard is full of trees, string lights, and aqua-colored patio furniture, and now’s the best time of year to make use of it. This Oaxacan spot in Gowanus is offering a $72 four-course meal to two nightly seatings at 5:30pm and 8pm. Reservations are required for dinner, and for the two brunch seatings on weekends, but they’re accepting walk-ins for drinks and snacks from 2-5pm during the week, and 12-5pm on weekends.
Thai Diner opened a few months before restaurants closed for dine-in service, so we don’t really know if they ever planned on setting up outdoor seating. What we do know, however, is that there are about seven tables set up on their Nolita corner spot where you can enjoy an excellent BEC on a roti, a frosty Singha, and some fried chicken laab. Also, if you’d rather pick-up your food or just stop by for an ice cream to-go, their takeout window is open every day starting at 11am (and you can call 646-559-4140 to place your order ahead of time).
Think about three people you like. Not just “pleasantries at a dinner party” like, but “want to make them happier people” like. Invite those three people to eat pasta with you at Rezdora. This Italian spot in Flatiron is only accepting parties of four, so find a time that works for your three friends, and make a reservation up to 14 days ahead of time.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you live, or if you’ve already had pizza twice this week - eating pizza and ice cream outside at L&B Spumoni Gardens is one of the best things you can do with a summer Saturday. This place has a giant patio with a takeout window that serves some of the most delicious pizza in the city. Order the Sicilian (it’s the closest thing to pizza lasagna we’ve ever eaten) and end your meal with their famous spumoni, knowing that you might end up falling asleep on the way home.
Carbone is now offering outdoor dining. Is it any easier to get a reservation for one of these tables on Thompson Street than it was for a table inside? Well, no, especially since they only become available two days in advance. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try, because the service, spicy rigatoni, and massive veal parmesan are still fantastic.
One of the most charming hotel restaurants in the city is officially back open for outdoor dining on their garden patio. While we do like the borderline-palatial dining room, the stringlit and brick-surrounded yard will be a nice place to deconstruct and consume a small mountain consisting of roasted chicken and fries followed by some profiteroles. You can make a reservation online, and they’re going fast.
The Honorable William Wall opened before other spots in NYC because it’s not technically in NYC. It’s a boat anchored off of Ellis Island that you get to by way of two other boat rides and a $20 ticket. Once you’re onboard, you can order drinks and eat whatever food you bring with you while overlooking Manhattan.
With an abundance of little trees, colorful flowers, and yellow umbrellas, the outdoor dining setup at this West Village Mediterranean spot is pretty ideal. So much so that you may feel compelled to sign their petition to close the block to traffic, and open it for expanded seating. The first come first served tables are available every day starting at 11am.
This Indian restaurant has fenced off the parking lane in front of their 51st Street restaurant for outdoor lunch and dinner service. It’s kind of like a block party, but with onion kulcha and tandoori prawns instead of half-deflated bouncy castles and six-year olds maniacally chasing you with a bubble wand. In case you’d rather order Amma at home, you can place your takeout or delivery order through their website here.
On City Island in The Bronx, this classic seafood spot is open daily from 11:30am-9pm. Order some $3 beers, fried oysters, and a few dozen little neck clams while overlooking the Long Island Sound.
We like hanging out on the enough to overlook the fact that drink options tend to be pretty limited. A notable exception is City Vineyard, which makes their own wine, and serves it on their rooftop patio in Tribeca. The big, first come first served space on the Hudson River running path is open on Thursday and Friday from 4-10pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 12-10pm.
If your only sports viewing experience in the past few months has been The Last Dance, then Ribalta can provide you some welcome relief. This Italian spot south of Union Square airs soccer matches on outdoor TVs, which you can watch while eating Neapolitan-style pizzas on their patio any day from 12-10pm.
The backyard patio at Miss Ada deserves some kind of restaurant patio award. It’s lush, surrounded by a colorful mural, and makes you feel like you’re eating in the garden of a brownstone in Fort Greene. As of Wednesday, June 24th this outdoor space is open for dine-in service, but just in case it fills up, this Mediterranean spot also has some first-come-first-serve sidewalk seating available.
This BYOB Indian restaurant in Murray Hill now has sidewalk seating available for groups of two and four. They recommend that you make a reservation ahead of time, so if you’d like to eat some impressive kebabs here soon, call (212) 683-4228 to book a table.
Great BBQ and great outdoor space aren’t things NYC has in great abundance, so when you can get them both at the same time, you should take advantage of it. You can do exactly that by heading to Morgan’s BBQ in Prospect Heights. Get some brisket, or try their new wasabi wings, until 10:30pm during the week and 11pm on weekends.
This fun Japanese spot on the UWS is open for outdoor dining every day starting at 3:30 (and 12:30pm on Saturdays), with a Happy Hour that goes until 6pm. In addition to snacks like karaage and cheesy corn, Moonrise Izakaya is serving frozen cocktails and bottles of sake. You can make a reservation ahead of time online here.
If you don’t have your own neighborhood Italian place, or if you just prefer the West Village to whatever neighborhood you live in, check out Malatesta. Sit at a table on the sidewalk, and eat some really good gnocchi while pondering a move to Washington and Christopher. They’re currently open until 3-10pm (11pm on Friday and Saturday).
Community has reopened their huge outdoor patio area for dine-in from 8am to 8pm daily. So if you’re looking for vegetarian options like blueberry pancakes, rice bowls, and sandwiches piled high with avocados and sprouts, you can stop and grab a walk-in only table or order takeout.
Ops has a few outdoor tables available right now, but since they’re not offering table service yet, you’ll have to walk up to the bar to order your glass of natural wine and wood-fired pizza at this Bushwick spot.
Tsion Cafe is an Ethiopian restaurant in the bottom of a brownstone in Harlem. And, like all the best brownstones, there’s a nice little patio out back. The next time you need a spot for a casual summer date night, especially if you’re looking for vegetarian food, make a reservation here by calling 212-234-2070 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to their gelato stand which is open until 9pm, Saraghina in Bed-Stuy has a few first come first served outdoor tables available for you and your dog. For now, it’s just sidewalk seating, but soon they’ll be opening their incredible garden patio. Check out their Instagram for updates.
No, you can’t eat the patio at Bricolage. But it is one of the best things about this Vietnamese spot in Park Slope. It’s got mix and match chairs tucked under real wood tables, more potted plants than your local nursery, and they just reopened it for dinner service during the week and brunch from 11am to 3pm on weekends.
Drinking rosé outside during the summer is an objectively pleasant experience. Drinking rosé on a boat is objectively better. In the unlikely event that you need to be convinced of this, head to Grand Banks. This sailboat docked on Hudson River in Tribeca is open and taking reservations through their website.
You should opt for the $22 “pick and mix” deal whenever you order food from Taladwat in Hell’s Kitchen - whether it’s via delivery or their new outdoor dining. It comes with two generously-sized entrees (our favorite of which are the creamy turmeric curry chicken and the pad prik khing pork) and jasmine or red rice. They’re offering sidewalk seating for the first time, and their 9th Avenue spot is a good place to people-watch from afar, drink a few $6 draft Singhas, and make your table look like one of those feasts that production assistants dread staging in shows about royal families.
Robertas has a large, fenced-in patio that also happens to be tiki themed. So if you want to eat a good Neapolitan pizza at a picnic table surrounded by plants, this East Williamsburg spot is a great option. You can make a reservation online.
The massive outdoor patio in front of Harlem Tavern is officially back open. You’ll find a little less seating than usual (for social-distancing reasons), but there are still plenty of tables, including a few that are good for small groups. Grab one if you’d like to drink outside while you eat a burger or some chicken tenders.
Does a plate of perfectly charred octopus and a $24 liter of house wine under the stars make Kiki’s outdoor seating feel like an out-of-the way spot on the Aegean? Well, no, but it’s still pretty great anyway. And because they have tables set up in front of the restaurant and Kiki’s Rotisserie across the street, it’s more spacious than you might expect for a place that usually has multi-hour waits every night.
A couple doors down from Kiki’s on Division Street, Forgtmenot is offering outdoor seating as well. You can stop by this casual bar for a lamb pita or chicken BLT, or for a few drinks if there’s a wait for a table at Kiki’s.
Whether you get the mac and cheese with bacon and five types cheese, or the cheeseburger topped with grilled pineapple at this American spot in East Williamsburg is up to you. We recommend sipping on a Hennycolada while you decide, and then just ordering both. Their patio seating is available from 12-10pm every day except Monday.
When Wayla’s plant-filled backyard patio opened last year, it quickly became one of our favorite places to sit in the city and eat things like garlicky long beans, kua kling shrimp, and mango sticky rice. And now, their backyard is back open. You’ll need to make a reservation before you go, which you can do here (reservations are available twelve days ahead of the time).
When you have a craving for a meat-heavy meal, The Beatrice Inn is there for you. Whether you satisfy that craving with lamb, pork shoulder, cote de boeuf, or duck is up to you. The reservation-only seating is available for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
An outdoor table is always the best place to sit at Industry Kitchen. So while it’s also the only place to sit at the moment, we’re not complaining. Order a pizza topped with spicy soppressata, and have some drinks while looking out on Brooklyn, or people-watching on the East River running path. Reservations are available through their website.
Ernesto’s has outdoor seating available on weekends only, and it’s where you should go to drink Spanish wine and eat pinxtos on a sidewalk like you’re in a Criterion Collection film. They’re also running takeout service out of their cafe every day except Monday, including dishes like Spanish tortillas, a breakfast sandwich, and to-go cocktails. Place your pick-up or delivery order here.
If you want to have a pleasant experience that also involves a pleasantly small amount of money, sit at a sidewalk table in front of this French spot in Harlem, and order a $10 plate of fantastic macaroni and cheese made with bechamel, parmesan, and parsley.
This takeaway window in the middle of Domino Park is open daily from 11am-5pm. Place your order ahead of time through their website, and have some chicken tinga tacos and margaritas at a table overlooking the East River.
This popular Vietnamese spot in the East Village now has a few sidewalk tables that can seat up to four people. So whether you’re in the mood for chicken pho, papaya salad, or a brisket banh mi, Hanoi House has you covered. They’re open every day except Monday and if you stop by over the weekend, you can get breakfast options like an egg banh mi and Vietnamese coffee.
The patio at this Mexican spot in Greenpoint seems much further from Greenpoint Avenue than it actually is, and it’s a great place to drink margaritas and eat shrimp ceviche tostadas. Reservations are available through their website.
Pomp & Circumstance is a great spot to get some drinks and snacks while you’re walking around Williamsburg. Their Mediterranean small plates, especially the various dips served with housemade sourdough, are available every day except Wednesday from 1:30-10pm. They accept groups of up to eight people, and you can make a reservation by calling 718-387-4861.
For the first time ever, Shuko in the East Village has three outdoor tables available where you can hang out with some spicy trout rolls and toro sashimi. They’re only accepting walk-ins from Tuesday to Saturday from 3 to 8pm for now, and you can see their menu of sushi sets, and a la carte rolls here.
Even though you won’t be surrounded by vintage knick-knacks and a chorus of French accents, Buvette is still a very charming place to eat fluffy eggs topped with smoked salmon at breakfast, or coq au vin at dinner. Their sidewalk seating is available daily from 9am-11pm.
This Nolita spot from Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s son is now serving its Indonesian small plates and shareable entrees at outdoor tables on Spring Street. From 12-9pm Wednesday through Sunday, you can order things like avocado gado gado or perfectly charred octopus, and if there are no tables available, you can get a tequila and Thai chili cocktail from their booze cart while you wait.
Whether you’re looking for an appetizer and glass of wine after a stroll through Fort Greene Park, or you want to follow an eggplant parm appetizer with pasta covered in oxtail ragu, Evelina is here for you. This Fort Greene Italian spot has patio seating every day starting at 5pm.
Dante has opened up their sidewalk seating, so you can once again book a table here and drink several negronis while you watch people walk up Macdougal Street. And if you need some food to go with cocktails, they serve things like meat, cheese, pasta, and roast chicken. Make your reservation online up to a month in advance.
This Korean skewer restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen now has outdoor dining available Wednesday through Sunday, including brunch on the weekends. They’re accepting walk-ups as well as reservations, and you can find more information about their menu (which includes a $55 five-course tasting menu) and hours on their website here. Also important - they’ve set up awnings so you won’t get soaked in a ten-minute summer thunderstorm.
The corner of North 3rd and Berry in Williamsburg feels a bit like a (greatly subdued) World Cup rally in Munich. Both streets are full of picnic tables, where people are drinking giant steins of Radeberger zwickelbier and eating brats and currywurst. The first come, first served tables are available for up to 90 minutes per party from 12-8pm during the week, and 11am-10pm on Saturday.
You can now eat Zooba’s excellent Egyptian sandwiches, dips, and dukka fries on the sidewalk in front of their corner spot in Nolita. Zooba is open from 11-9pm every day (and they’re still serving pick-up and delivery.
This neighborhood French bistro on the UWS with a bunch of sidewalk seating, and plenty of French wines for around $10 a glass. Try a couple of them while eating mussels in a dijonnaise sauce any day between 4-10pm.
Would we ever have imagined eating a fried shrimp po boy at a table in front of 169 Bar? Definitely not. But here we are. This iconic LES bar has a handful of first come first served tables outside, and a full menu of food and to-go drinks. If you’d rather take your frozen cocktail and dumplings to-go, you can also pick-up from their takeout window from noon to 9pm every day.
After a few months of takeout, this Korean restaurant in the East Village is started sidewalk seating on Tuesday June 23rd. The restaurant is asking customers to make a reservation online ahead of time (there are a bunch of 90 minute slots available) but they’re also accepting walk-ins. If you go - get the dry aged steak burger with kimchi mayo.
It’s 10:30am on a Saturday, and you want to sit outside and drink a caipirinha. Go to Esperanto, a neighborhood restaurant in Alphabet City that serves Caribbean and Latin American food. It’s also a great option for a casual dinner with a friend, which you can do any night by making a reservation through their website.
The Springs is serving its boilermakers and boozy slushy pitchers in its massive backyard every day until midnight or later. Tables at this Greenpoint bar are available on a first-come basis for small groups, but if you’re with six to ten people, you need to make a reservation through their website.
If you want to know what it’s like to drink natural wine and eat small plates in the East Village right now, try Kindred. They’ve got a few sidewalk tables and some street seating where you can drink Slovenian orange wine and eat housemade pasta, like perfectly cooked corzetti with ricotta and spicy ’nduja. Outdoor dining here is on first come, first served for now, but you should follow their Instagram to stay updated on when they begin taking reservations.
This Harlem tapas bar has outdoor seating available in its small backyard where you can eat things like charcuterie boards, grilled octopus, and paella for dinner here every day except Sunday.
From 9am-11pm during the week, and until 1am on weekends, you can hang out in Freehold’s backyard in Williamsburg. They’re serving everything from BECs and coffee in the morning to pizzas and large format margaritas at night. Reservations are recommended and available through their website.
If eating lobster with french fries or wagyu beef tenderloin with crunchy potatoes in front of a gorgeous brownstone sounds like a very pleasant experience, that’s because it is. And it’s one you can have at JoJo on the Upper East Side, which is accepting walk-ins and reservations for tables Wednesday through Sunday from 5-8:30pm.
You wouldn’t know it from the outside, but Amazzacaffe has a sizable back patio that’s great for a quiet outdoor dinner in Williamsburg. The Italian food here is also consistently impressive, especially the pasta and skewers. The patio opens Tuesday 6/23.
This new pizza place in Gowanus opened about three days before NYC restaurants had to shut down in March - and they now have a 20-seat patio available for outdoor dining. The chef here used to work at Speedy Romeo, so expect similarly wood-fired pizzas, and vegetable sides. You can check out their full menu and details about their hours here.
L’Artista, a bar and restaurant by 143rd Street in Hamilton Heights that opened in the beginning of the year, just reopened with a curbside bar, a couple of sidewalk tables, to-go snacks, and frozen drinks.
Leyenda is a Latin-American cocktail bar in Cobble Hill, and they specialize in drinks made with tequila, mezcal, and rum. All of those drinks are delicious, and they’re available (with the full food menu) on their front patio or in their backyard daily until 10pm.
Supper works for pretty much any situation that involves eating spaghetti al limone and drinking wine outside. When you find yourself in one of those situations, make a reservation at this East Village Italian spot through their website or by calling 212-420-0040.
Seven types of oysters, a lobster roll with Old Bay chips, delicious cocktails, and sidewalk seating. Sel Rrose is a great spot to get early evening drinks and snacks on the LES.
For barbacoa tacos, margaritas, and guacamole in Williamsburg, try Casa Publica. They’ve got plenty of outdoor seating available on a first come first serve basis starting at 3pm daily.
Gran Electrica’s backyard, which has strings lights and a large brick wall covered in ivy, is a great place to eat tacos and drink margaritas while watching the sun go down in Dumbo. The walk-in-only space is open from 5-10pm during the week, and 12-10pm on weekends.
While you can’t play bocce or ping pong at Greenwood Park at the moment, it’s still a great place to get some very good beers and bar food with a bunch of friends. The massive yard at this South Slope bar is open until midnight every day.
This is the sort of neighborhood Italian place in Soho you might pass by and think, “Huh, I wonder if that place is any good.” We can tell you that the Tuscan food here is, in fact, quite good. And you can eat it on the sidewalk as a walk-in, or as they’d prefer, with a reservation. Make one by calling 212 966-9983.
If you want to sit outside in the Meatpacking District and eat some escargot drenched in garlic and butter or a lobster with a side of fries, Pastis is there for you. This French spot (from the people behind Balthazar and Le Coucou) currently has sidewalk seating, and you can make a reservation up to a week in advance online.
This Williamsburg Italian restaurant specializes in the pizza-adjacent Roman flatbreads known as pinsa, and they serve them with toppings like stracciatella, broccoli rabe, and Sardinian honey. They also have a very nice back patio with plenty of tables and a retractable roof, and they’re currently accepting online reservations.
The huge backyard at this Gowanus bar has a bunch of umbrella-covered picnic tables where you can get drinks and fried chicken sandwiches with up to eight people. Tables are first come, first served, and visits are limited to two hours.
You’re probably going to end up wandering around the LES before sitting down at Dudley’s. It’s not because this all-day American-Australian spot is hard to find - it has a bunch of attractive outdoor seating at the corner of Broome and Orchard - but because tables are offered on a first-come basis, and this place is very popular. Once you are seated, though, you’ll be able to get the Bronte Burger with chili mayo on a ciabatta, jalapeno and passion fruit cocktails, and some entertaining people-watching.
Beco has expanded its outdoor seating area and is now open from 12pm to 10pm everyday. For Brazilian dishes like feijoada, steak sandwiches, and rum cocktails, stop by this Williamsburg spot.
The trees separating this Tribeca institution’s sidewalk seating from passing cars are lit up like Christmas trees, which we might consider odd if not for the fact that time no longer has meaning. Seating on both West Broadway and Thomas Street is offered daily, with dishes like salmon tartare or NY strip steak frites available from 4-9pm.
Juliette is a great option for outdoor brunch in Williamsburg. This French spot just off Bedford has some sidewalk seating, but the best tables are on their partially shaded roofdeck. Make a reservation through their website, and order a spicy bloody mary with a fried chicken sandwich on a buttermilk biscuit.
Parklife, a bar in Gowanus, is better situated than most for these socially distanced times. The majority of their space consists of an outdoor patio roughly the size of a regulation basketball court, and it’s filled with picnic tables where you can eat some tacos and drink and drink a pitcher of margaritas. This outdoor space opens Tuesday 6/23.
Tacombi Nolita is currently taking lunch and dinner reservations for their sidewalk seating, as well as accepting walk-ins. You can book a 90-minute time slot online or join their mobile waitlist if you’re within a one-mile radius of the restaurant.
Tacombi’s Fort Greene location also has outdoor seating available for lunch and dinner every day. They’re currently accepting walk-ins as well as 90-minute reservations online, and you can join their mobile waitlist if you’re within a one-mile radius of the restaurant.
If you’re looking to sit outside on the UWS with a chile relleno and some horchata, know that Tacombi has outdoor dining available every day for lunch and dinner. You can book your table ahead of time online, or join their mobile waitlist if you’re within a mile of the restaurant.
King Tai in Crown Heights is open with a menu of over 20 cocktails and new garden seating. They’re still doing takeout drinks if you’re rather sit elsewhere, and you can check out their menu and place your pick-up or delivery order here.
Lighthouse, an American/Mediterranean restaurant in Williamsburg has a bit of sidewalk seating out front, and you can book some seats online. Stop by, and eat a burger, a salad, or some burrata with a side of warm sourdough.
Because it’s located behind some warehouses in Long Island City, Anable Basin doesn’t tend to get as crowded as other outdoor bars on the river. You can take advantage of that Friday through Sunday with drinks, bar food, and unobstructed views of Manhattan.
Uva offers a couple of outdoor seating options. You can either sit on the sidewalk out front, which they’ve expanded to include more seating, or you can get a table in the greenhouse-like space in back. Both areas are open from 4-11pm daily (12am on weekends), and you can’t go wrong with either as long as you go heavy on their pasta.
The Ridgewood location of Super Pollo just reopened its outdoor patio, and if you’re in the mood for roast chicken this is where you should get it. This Ecuadorian spot also serves empanadas, fried sweet plantains, and margaritas on a first-come-first-serve basis.
If you’re looking for a table outside where you can sit with your legs crossed and drink a tiny cup of espresso at 3pm, the sidewalk seating at Cafe Altro Paradiso is perfect. If you’re there for dinner, just replace the espresso in that scenario with a glass of wine and some cacio e pepe. Seating is available from 5-10pm Wednesday-Friday, and 12-10pm on weekends. While it’s The first come, first served, you can call 646-952-0828 to gauge how busy they are before going.
Loulou on 8th Avenue in Chelsea reopened for outdoor dining on Monday. Their tables are first come first served, and you can check out their menu of French bistro dishes (like mussels in saffron fennel broth, ratatouille, and oysters) here.
This popular bar in Astoria has a big first come, first served backyard where you can order anything from burrata and steak to tacos and cheese fries any day until midnight.
We’ve been waiting years for this charming spot in Clinton Hill to open an outdoor seating area on the corner of its quiet block. So the fact that you can eat pastas like their oxtail ravioli at a sidewalk table here feels like a dream come true. Aita is taking reservations online for outdoor dining, and you can book a table here.
This welcoming neighborhood cocktail bar on Spring Street now has a bunch of outdoor seating where you can grab a cocktail, a fried chicken sandwich, or whatever else peaks your interest on the marquee board currently hanging above its entrance.
North Miznon’s outdoor patio has six tables available from Thursday to Sunday between 4pm and 8:30pm. You can make a reservation online ahead of time, and check out the menu of Israeli dishes (like lima bean salad, half za’atar chicken, and pistachio halva) here.
After a short-lived opening in March, this Tribeca wine bar just reopened for outdoor dining. And even though it’s been a while since your last wine bar experience, their menu of wines by the glass and small plates to snack will feel familiar. You’ll need a reservation before you go, and you can make one here.
Farra’s sister restaurant, just two doors down on Worth Street, is also open for outdoor dining. This is usually a tasting menu spot, but right now you can order from a rotating menu of things like duck breast with broccolini and veal tenderloin with potato terrine. Atera is sharing its sidewalk seating with Farra, so you can make your reservation here.
Upper West Side staple Jacob’s Pickles is accepting reservations for parties of two to six people for their sidewalk seating. They’re open for both lunch and dinner, and they specialize in Southern food like smothered chicken, fried green tomatoes, and biscuits and gravy.
A slightly more upscale spot from the people behind Jacob’s Pickles, Maison Pickle is open for outdoor dining as well (for parties of two to four people). Make a reservation for their small sidewalk cafe online, and get yourself a patty melt, some shrimp cocktail, or a french dip sandwich.
Boucherie is a restaurant in the West Village with an abundance of sidewalk seating, and plenty of French food, like duck, foie gras, and various steaks. It’s a slightly fancy spot where you can sit outside and monitor the foot traffic on 7th Avenue. Dinner here typically runs about $50 per person.
Royale is still one of the best patios and best burgers in the East Village. Along with their backyard, they now have seating out front as well. Reservations are encouraged, and you can make one by calling (212) 254-6600.
LaRina has an extremely pleasant back patio surrounded by walls covered in ivy, and you can currently make an online reservation for the seating out there. The pasta at this Fort Greene Italian spot is all made in-house, and they serve some especially good lasagna and ravioli.
If you’re looking to day drink In Williamsburg, check out Ainslie. This beer garden and Italian spot offers backyard and sidewalk seating, with pizzas, bar snacks, and a bunch of different beers available every day except Monday.
Cookshop just reopened with takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining in Chelsea. Their patio seating has a bunch of big umbrellas, in case you’re worried about turning into a puddle while you enjoy a caesar salad and a falafel sandwich. Right now Cookshop is only accepting reservations for parties of two and four, and you can check out their adapted menu here.
This American diner in Astoria has outdoor seating available from 8am to midnight everyday. And in addition to waffles, milkshakes, and grilled cheese sandwiches served pretty much all the time, BelAire Diner is hosting a drive-in movie series. Check out their Instagram for more information on what’s showing and where to buy tickets.
One of our favorite British pubs in NYC also happens to have a very nice outdoor garden. This UES spot is currently open from 12-9pm daily, with reservations available through their website.
Both the Soho and Williamsburg locations of 12 Chairs are open for outdoor dining as of Monday June 22nd. But just in case their sidewalk seating areas get too crowded, you can also take dishes like their Israeli breakfast platter and a frozen cocktail to-go.
In Riverside Park at 105th Street, this seasonal spot on the UWS has opened its big, riverside patio for outdoor dining. Bar food ranging from hot dogs with spicy aioli to bacon and Stilton-topped pizzas is available daily from 11am-11pm. Even if you’re not hungry, keep it in mind for drinks, especially when you can watch the sunset over the Hudson River.
If you need a last-minute outdoor spot on the LES, we suggest Souvlaki GR. The front of this Greek restaurant has a bunch of string lights and a couple little blue tables, where you can order pita sandwiches and taramasalata dip any day from 11am-10pm.
Camillo, an overachieving Roman restaurant in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, has a bit of sidewalk seating out front, and you can make a reservation online. If you make it over, order yourself a pinsa, some pasta, and one of their negroni variations.
Camillo’s younger sister restaurant Bar Camillo also has some outdoor seating in their small backyard. You can grab a pinsa here as well, in addition to stuff like meatballs, artichokes, and roast chicken. Book your table online.
For pasta or a piece of fish in Sunnyside, try this neighborhood Italian spot. They’ve just reopened for outdoor dining and they’re serving lunch starting at 3pm and dinner till 11pm.
The spicy salami pizza, chicken parm with spaghetti pomodoro, and all of the other dishes that make this Italian spot an East Village staple are being served every day from 11am-11pm. Reserve an outdoor table ahead of time by emailing email@example.com.
Over in Battery Park City, El Vez has a patio out front where you can eat some Mexican food like a zucchini quesadilla, some steak tacos, or a big platter of nachos covered in cheese, pickled onions, and chorizo. They’re taking reservations for lunch and dinner online.
Fiaschetteria’s East Village location is open with sidewalk seating on East 11th Street. In addition to their normal menu of pastas and antipasti, this location is serving a special spaghetti vongole and gnocchi al pomodoro.
The 7th Avenue location of Fiaschetteria Pistoia has first-come-first-serve outdoor seating on their sidewalk. In addition to their normal menu of pastas and antipasti, this location is serving a special of linguini with lobster as well as a tagliatelle carbonara with mussels.
As of Monday June 22nd, Fiaschetteria Pistoia on Christopher Street in the West Village is open for outdoor dining. Tables on their sidewalk are first-come-first-serve, and you can check out their menu here.
Astoria is known for its incredible Greek restaurants, and Aliada is probably our favorite option for group dinners. They’ve just opened their sidewalk seating, which is fenced off with herb planters that will give you whiffs of mint and rosemary over the course of your dinner.
This American spot in Williamsburg has just reopened with an expanded outdoor dining area along the curb in front of their restaurant. Stop by Meadowsweet for a chicken sandwich, little gem salad, or some housemade ice cream - they’re serving weeknight dinner and weekend brunch on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Red Hook Lobster Pound’s patio is open for outdoor service every weekday from 5 to 9pm and all day on weekends. You’re not required to make a reservation ahead of time, but if you don’t want to deal with the stress of whether or not you’ll be able to sit down with your peel and eat shrimp or Connecticut-style lobster roll, you can book a table online.
This UES Thai restaurant officially opened their sidewalk seating on the corner of 75th Street and 2nd Avenue. The tables here are first-come-first-served, and they’re open every day for lunch and dinner.
There’s a small amount of sidewalk seating at Concord Hill, a neighborhood spot in Williamsburg where you can eat a burger, some oysters, or a lobster roll. The tables are for parties of four or fewer, and this restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.
If you want to eat some exceptional and inventive Indian food outside in the West Village, make a reservation at Rahi. There’s some sidewalk seating out front, and they now have an ice cream cart as well as a new focus on outdoor grilling.
For wood-fired pizzas with toppings like duck prosciutto and gorgonzola, try Babbalucci. This Italian spot reopened its outdoor seating area and you can either walk-in or reserve a table by calling 646-918-6572.
The Nolita and East Village locations of Mimi Cheng’s are open daily from 1-9pm. Get some chicken and zucchini or pork and chive dumplings on their patio, and strongly consider picking up one of their frozen dumpling kits to-go as well.
This place has been serving Italian food on the UWS for several decades now, and you can currently grab dinner on their front patio. They serve a variety of things like pizza, pasta, and beef carpaccio, as well as some larger dishes like chicken parm and veal marsala. Call 212-595-7996 or book your table online.
If you’re in the mood for pupusas and cocktails, try this Salvadoran spot in Astoria. Their outdoor patio is open as of Monday, June 22nd, but they’re still doing takeout and delivery if you’d rather eat at home.
East Harlem Bottling Co is offering sidewalk patio seating at their spot on Lexington Avenue and 107th Street. Their patio closes at 11pm every day but Sunday (when it closes at 10pm), and you can bring your dog. Check out more details about hours and ordering takeout on their website here.
This Georgian spot in Chelsea has opened its backyard for outdoor seating. They accept walk-ins, but also offer reservations through their website. Dishes like open-faced khachapuri, huge beef-and-pork dumplings, and lamb-stuffed grape leaves are available every day from 12-10pm.
Outdoor dining is now available at this French wine bar’s Soho and West Village locations. You can reserve a table on Spring Street for lunch, dinner, or escargots and half-bottles of white Burgundy through their website or by calling 917-261-4441. The original in the West Village is also taking reservations, but it’s only open for dinner.
8th Hill is a Mediterranean restaurant on the UWS serving stuff like hummus, muhammara, and octopus, and they have a decent amount of sidewalk seating out front. You can book a table online.
Clinton Hill Italian spot Vini & Olii has a small front patio, and you can reserve a table online. If you’re looking for a place to eat some pasta, sardines, and steak outdoors, it’s a great choice.
Old-school French brasserie Orsay has a covered terrace out front as well as a bit of sidewalk seating, so make a reservation for this UES spot online if you’d like to stop by for some steak au poivre or coq au vin.
This Greek spot in Forest Hills has a bunch of sidewalk and street seating available on a first come, first served basis. Dishes like stuffed grape leaves, falafel sandwiches, and gyro platters are being served at lunch and dinner every day until 10pm on weekdays and 10:30pm on weekends.
Patios at all three Butcher’s Daughter locations are open daily from 8am-10pm, which means you can get an acai bowl on Hudson Street in the West Village, meet a friend for brunch in Nolita, or pair Kombucha sangria with a burger tonight in Williamsburg.
As of Monday June 22nd, this upscale UES Italian spot has reopened for outdoor dining. From 4pm to 9pm daily, you can come here for veal milanese, arctic char, and a bunch of red sauce pastas.
From 12-10pm daily, this Italian spot a block from the river in Williamsburg is serving its wood-fired pizzas (including gluten-free options), cacio e pepe ravioli, and Italian wines at tables on the street out front. Seating at lunch is first come first served, but reservations for dinner are available through their website.
Have & Meyer has over 100 natural wines by the glass, which is a good deal more than just about any other NYC restaurant. They also have a small dinner menu with things like pasta and octopus, and you can book a table on their (very) small front patio.
After having been closed since March, Bubby’s location across the street from the High Line in Meatpacking reopened for outdoor dining on June 23rd. This all-day American spot’s patio is open daily for lunch, dinner, and their famous brunch.
The original Bubby’s in Tribeca is also open, but for this location, they’re offering outdoor dining for the first time ever. You can sit outside on Hudson Street with a table covered in pancake flights and coffee, or bacon cheeseburgers and cocktails from 8am-10pm daily.
The Consulate has opened for outdoor dining on a first come first served basis. So if you want steak frites, truffle pasta, or branzino for lunch or dinner on the UWS, stop by this Columbus Ave spot.
Hamilton’s just reopened for outdoor dining and you can order brunch all day, everyday at this Windsor Terrace spot. Stop by for dishes like crab cake benedict, omelettes, and fish tacos starting at 11:30 on weekdays and 10am on weekends.
Felice 83 on the UES is taking online reservations for their sidewalk seating (and so is their location on 63rd street). This is historically a good spot to watch small dogs trot down 1st Avenue while you eat some bruschetta.
For upscale Greek seafood in Midtown, try Estiatorio Milos. They typically have a large selection of whole grilled fish as well as plenty of other dishes like a warm lobster salad and pink snapper sashimi, and you eat all such things on their terrace out front. Book your table online.
Osteria 57 has sidewalk and curbside seating available for walk-ins or reservation. The focus at this Greenwich Village spot is mostly on fresh pasta, but their menu also has a bunch of fish and seafood if you’re looking to woo someone with a plate of roasted octopus under the night sky.
Ovelia has just reopened with an expanded outdoor seating area right out front. The next time you want to eat Greek dips, salads, lamb kebabs, and baklava pancakes outside, stop by this spot on 30th Avenue.