Here Are 20 NYC Restaurants Open for Outdoor Dining Starting This Week
Phase 2 has arrived!
It’s been a while since we’ve looked forward to a Monday, but today feels special because it marks the official start of Phase 2 in New York City’s reopening.
In Phase 2, restaurants and bars can begin offering outdoor seating again to sun-deprived New Yorkers, as long as each place is implementing safety measures such as hand hygiene stations (or hand sanitizer when not available) and a minimum of six feet in all directions for each table.
Of course, not all restaurants have their outdoor dining plans together just yet, and others are staying closed for various reasons, but we’ve compiled a list of 20 places to help kick-off what feels like the official start to Summer 2020. And if you do choose to venture out for a bite or libation among people again, please do so responsibly by wearing a mask when possible and washing your hands regularly.
Starting this weekend, the downtown Italian favorite from the team behind Estela is opening sidewalk seating from 1-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 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.
Known for its views of Madison Square Park, the outdoor patio at Black Barn is reopening today for daily service between 4-10pm. Expect a menu of comfort food favorites -- everything from tuna tartare to fried chicken sandwiches. Check out the full patio menu here.
For the first time ever, the West Village Parisian transplant (and clothing label spinoff) is offering sidewalk seating starting today (maximum of four people per table). The menu which melds French and Japanese influences will feature items like a tamago sando, pastries like croissants and financiers, as well as natural wines, frozen drinks and coffee and tea. Full menu here.
Known for its world-class cocktails, the Greenwich Village Australian-Italian spot reopens for outdoor dining this week with socially distanced tables (parties of 4-10 people accepted). Updated menu coming soon. Also look out for a new location to open this week on Hudson Street with a seafood focus and dishes prepared using wood-fire techniques.
Lower East Side
The Spanish-influenced newcomer is opening for outdoor seating this Friday. Socially distanced tables will be arranged on the sidewalk and all dishes served in disposable containers with a ticketed order pick-up (no table service). On Fridays and Saturdays, the team serves an abbreviated version of the Ernesto’s menu; on Sundays, the team serves a special menu of pintxos and a “dish of the day” that will change weekly, starting this week with paella. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm-9pm and on Sundays from 3pm-7pm.
The seasonal Tulum transplant will reopen for summer this weekend with fully automated service as well as "futuristic" PPE and tropical face masks. A new hand-washing station will be located within the outdoor restaurant's 24,000 square feet of space, which looks like the Tulum jungle if you haven’t been.
Everyone’s favorite restaurant-on-a-schooner is reopening for reservations beginning today. Additional seating will be placed on the dock where guests typically board the ship. Enjoy oysters and rose, lobster rolls and other summer classics with your socially distant seating.
One of New York’s first Laotian-inspired restaurants, Khe-Yo, has opened up a special “Roadway Cafe,” offering five tables of sidewalk seating. 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.
The Korean skewer-focused eatery is available for both reservations and walk-ups during dinner and weekend brunch starting this Wednesday evening. On Fridays, expect a five-course tasting menu for dinner for $55 as well as raw fish platters. Note: There is a maximum of 10 people for outdoor reservations.
Beginning on Wednesday, the Italian favorite’s original location will open for sidewalk seating at lunch (11:30am) through dinner (10pm). A selection of wine, rose, and cocktails like Negronis and margaritas will be on offer as well.
The swanky French newcomer from the Chez Ma Tante team inside the Wythe Hotel will open for outdoor dining in the hotel gardens this Wednesday serving its full brasserie menu.
Outdoor seating with distanced tables will resume today at the Jamaican-inspired neighborhood standby beginning today. The full menu will be available including tropical drinks like pina coladas and Gingah Mojitos.
Upper West Side
Starting on Thursday, the uptown location of the Israeli transplant known for its madcap pita sandwiches will be open for outdoor seating offering six tables only.
Reservations for sidewalk seating at chef Jae Lee’s Korean-inspired spot are available via Resy, the restaurant’s website, or secured through walk-ins. Nowon is also now serving alcohol with items such as cocktails, beer, and summer drinks made with Korean soju.
Patio seating at this tropical-inspired cocktail bar is now available for safe social distancing. 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.
Serving Roman fare by the Brooklyn waterfront, Popina will offer outdoor seating for their takeout menu on their patio and backyard starting on Wednesday. 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.
Located on Harlem’s thoroughfare of 125th Street, chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster will accommodate up to parties of 10 in their patio dining. Menu specials like the GoGo Bowl -- bulgar (grain from cracked wheat), pepper escovitch, and lemon-honey dressing with chicken, shrimp, or salmon -- will be offered daily.
Chefs Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau’s destination for elevated sushi will offer outdoor seating starting tomorrow, June 23. Three tables -- each accommodating a party of two guests -- will be available for walk-ins only Tue-Sat from 3pm-8pm.
Starting this Wednesday, the Medittarean-inspired offerings of Ten Hope Outdoor Garden will be available in their 2,500-square-foot vine-laced patio. In addition to shareable plates that include summertime dishes for day and night, a rotating menu of frozen cocktails and spiked spritzes will also be available.
Lower East Side
The backyard patio at chef Tom Naumsuwan’s homestyle Thai food restaurant is open for reservations up to two weeks in advance only via Resy. Each seating will be allotted 90 minutes only for dining to allow the staff to safely sanitize tables for the next group of guests.
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Kelly Dobkin is the executive editor of Thrillist Local.