Food & Drink

25 Rain-Friendly Outdoor Dining Options in NYC

Awnings, umbrellas, and tents are your new best friends.

Summerly at the Hoxton
Summerly | Courtesy of The Hoxton
Summerly | Courtesy of The Hoxton

Grabbing a drink outdoors was a pleasure back in those Phase 2 days when the weather was all blue skies and sunny days, but July’s hot and stormy forecast has made socially-distanced al fresco hangs that much more challenging. As a result, you’ve likely become way more concerned with the weather than you’d have ever imagined. Does a 30% chance of rain mean you’re only 50% likely to meet up with a friend? You might find yourself carefully studying the Doppler before you undertake any social endeavor. 

So when it comes to outdoor dining options (the only kind allowed even in Phase 4), posting up at a non-covered table might be setting yourself up for disaster.

Luckily, we’ve got your back. Here are 25 outdoor dining options offering rain-friendly setups such as umbrellas, awnings, tents, and/or scaffolds (hey, whatever works) to make sure that your night out doesn’t get nixed on account of rain. Just note that you might want to reserve a table in advance as limited seating due to distancing can result in longer waits.

And as a reminder, if you do choose to venture out, please do so responsibly by wearing a mask when possible and washing your hands regularly.

atoboy
Courtesy of Atoboy

Atoboy

Flatiron
The chic spot for modern Korean fare is open for outdoor dining, offering a three-course prix fixe for $45 available Tue-Sun, with seating covered by tent. Safety guidelines can be viewed here. Hours and menu are subject to change, so please check the website for updates.
How to book: Via Resy, or walk in.

Don Angie outdoor patio
Courtesy of Don Angie

Don Angie

West Village
The normally impossible-to-book Italian-American eatery from husband-and-wife team Scott and Angie Rito has reopened for outdoor dining and offers rain-friendly covered options that include both string-light adorned scaffolding and charming striped umbrellas that evoke piazza vibes. Bonus: It’s now slightly easier to get in.
How to book: Via Resy

Rezdôra

Flatiron
The upscale Italian spot from an Osteria Francescana alum that serves up pastas with whimsical names like “Grandma Walking Through Forest in Emilia'' is open with tented outdoor seating and a new seasonal Spritz menu. Book in advance.
How to book: Via Resy

Olmsted

Prospect Heights
After a slew of pivots including operating as a food bank and a general store, the Brooklyn favorite is finally back open with a playful Summer Camp theme menu that plays on American summer classics (i.e., Deli Pickle Fried Chicken to yuzu kosho corn on the cob). While the backyard garden is uncovered, the front of the restaurant features umbrellas. Also check out sibling concept Maison Yaki down the street, who is offering pop-up dishes from Black entrepreneurs all summer long (available to go). 
How to book: Via Resy

Oaxaca Curbside

Williamsburg
The McCarren Hotel & Pool in Williamsburg just opened their first permanent restaurant in years with Oaxaca Curbside. Run by David Schneider, of Oaxaca Taqueria, and beverage director Chris Johnson, formerly of būmu, order up a tlayuda (Mexican pizza) or tacos in a few cravable selections like al pastor, chicken adobada, papas y rajas, or Austin-style breakfast tacos. The beverage list includes michelada cocktails and margaritas along with beer and wine.
How to book: First come, first serve seating.

Cote

Flatiron
The elevated Korean BBQ spot known for frosé slushies and wagyu meat options has pivoted to an outdoor bar model, with food/meal kits available in to-go containers. The custom tables were also built from plywood used to protect the restaurant windows during the early June protests, constructed by the restaurant's in-house handyman. The area is covered by a tent in case of bad weather.
How to book: Via SevenRooms

Bar Meridian

Prospect Heights
The Brooklyn bar is hosting a summer residency from Williamsburg all-day cafe, Gertie, open Thursday-Sundays. The “Summer Shack” inspired menu features items like a smoked shrimp roll, a two hot dog and drink “recession special,” as well as a seafood relish tray. 
How to book: Walk-in only

Ten Hope Outdoor Garden
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Ten Hope Outdoor Garden

Williamsburg
The Mediterranean-inspired offerings of Ten Hope Outdoor Garden are available in a 2,500-square-foot vine-laced patio that’s got you covered with umbrellas. In addition to shareable plates that include summertime dishes for day and night, a rotating menu of frozen cocktails and spiked spritzes are on the menu.
How to book: Via OpenTable or walk-in

le crocodile patio
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Le Crocodile

Williamsburg
The swanky French newcomer from the Chez Ma Tante team inside the Wythe Hotel serves a full brasserie menu out in its delightful outdoor garden that’s complete with a retractable canopy (just in case). 
How to book: Via Resy

Kochi

Hell’s Kitchen
The Korean skewer-focused eatery is available for both reservations and walk-ins during dinner complete with pop-up awnings for rainy nights. On Fridays, expect a six-course tasting menu for dinner for $65. Note: There is a maximum of 10 people for outdoor reservations.
How to book: Via Resy

Dante West Village
Courtesy of Dante West Village

Dante West Village

West Village
The brand-new outpost of the award-winning Italian spot on Hudson Street serves up a seafood-focused, wood-fired menu complete with partially covered outdoor seating and summer spritzes and martinis.
How to book: Via Resy

Summerly at The Hoxton

Williamsburg
Grab a lobster roll, a bevvie, and some Dirty Fries while you check out river and sunset views from this bar/eatery located on The Hoxton's rooftop. Awnings have been installed to shield guests from unexpected downpours. 
How to book: Via Resy

Gitano Garden of Love outdoor dining patio
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Gitano Garden of Love

SoHo
The seasonal Tulum transplant’s central dining bar is housed beneath a custom-made tent, flanked by twin oversized dining decks covered with wood pergolas. A no-contact ordering system that utilizes QR codes will help you order food right to your table without servers or paper menus.
How to book: Via SevenRooms

Altro Paradiso

SoHo
The Downtown Italian favorite is open for outdoor dining and offers some partial rain coverage thanks to retractable awnings. You can expect a menu of burgers, sandwiches, cocktails, and snacks. Takeout from their to-go window is also available for a more socially distant option.
How to book: Via Resy

nowon
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Nowon

East Village
Reservations for sidewalk seating at chef Jae Lee’s Korean-inspired spot are available in 90-minute windows via both Resy and the restaurant’s website. Walk-ins are also an option. Nowon is also now serving alcohol with items such as cocktails, beer, and summer drinks made with Korean soju. 
How to book: Via Resy

Shuko

East Village
Chefs Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau’s destination for elevated sushi offers rain-friendly outdoor seating. Three tables -- each accommodating a party of two guests -- will be available for walk-ins only Tue-Sat from 3pm-8pm. 
How to book: Walk-ins only

wayla
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Wayla

Lower East Side
The charming backyard patio at chef Tom Naumsuwan’s homestyle Thai food restaurant is open for reservations up to two weeks in advance. Each seating will be allotted 90 minutes only for dining to allow the staff to safely sanitize tables for the next group of guests. 
How to book: Via Resy

grand banks boat
Courtesy of Grand Banks

Grand Banks

Tribeca
Everyone’s favorite restaurant-on-a-schooner is open for business complete with a retractable awning for inclement weather. Enjoy oysters and rose, lobster rolls and other summer classics with your socially distant seating.
How to book: Via Resy

popina
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Popina

Red Hook
Serving Roman fare by the Brooklyn waterfront, Popina offers outdoor seating for their takeout menu on their patio and backyard fitted with umbrellas. For the first time ever, customers will have direct access to backyard seating through an adjacent driveway instead of having to go through the restaurant.
How to book: Via Resy

Miss Lily’s 7A

East Village
Outdoor seating with distanced tables with some partial awning coverage is on offer at this Jamaican-inspired favorite. The full menu will be available including tropical drinks like piña coladas and Gingah Mojitos.
How to book: Via Resy

the wayland summer house outdoor east village seating
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The Wayland Summer House

East Village
Featuring 28 well-spaced outdoor seats, the classic East Village watering hole and brunch spot is serving up dishes like The Lost Lady’s burger, fried clam strips, hot dogs, and a fried fish sandwich along with oysters on the half shell.
How to book: Walk in

khe-yo outdoor covered dining
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Khe-Yo

Tribeca
One of New York’s first and only Laotian-inspired restaurants, Khe-Yo, is operating an outdoor “Roadway Cafe,” offering five tables of sidewalk seating with umbrellas. Enjoy menu items like sticky rice with bang-bang sauce, crunchy coconut rice, or sweet chili chicken with a Beer Lao on their quaint Tribeca street.
How to book: Via OpenTable

Casa Enrique

Long Island City
The local Mexican favorite is open for outdoor dining featuring socially distanced tables and both awnings and umbrellas for rain protection. The full menu including ceviches, guac, tacos and frozen margaritas is available al fresco.
How to book: Via OpenTable

The Pineapple Club

East Village
Patio seating at this tropical-inspired cocktail bar is now available for safe social distancing, covered by tents. The Pineapple Club also opened an “Adult Lemonade Stand” just outside their doors so patrons can easily order frozen pina coladas and pineapple old fashioneds.
How to book: Walk-in only

Cafe Kitsune

West Village
The Parisian transplant (and clothing label spinoff) is offering covered sidewalk seating with a maximum of four people per table. The menu melds French and Japanese influences.
How to book: Walk in

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