Food & Drink

23 of the Warmest Outdoor Dining Options for Winter in NYC

Heat lamps, greenhouses, huts, and everything else that will keep you warm this winter.

Don Angie
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Indoor dining in NYC is on hold once again for the foreseeable future, so bundle up for a winter of outdoor dining. After a long year of turmoil for restaurants due to COVID-19, and a tough wintry season ahead, these small businesses need our support more than ever, and pulling up a seat at one of their many creative—and sometimes unconventional—outdoor setups is the perfect way to grab a meal and have fun during chillier times.

Luckily for us, restaurants have been getting innovative with their outdoor setups all year long and there’s no shortage of cool spots to choose from. And as they’re put to the test with dropping temperatures, eateries are rising to the occasion with heaters, huts, and other accessories to keep New Yorkers warm while dining out. Here are 23 of our favorite spots to check out. And as always, please continue to wear a mask and social distance responsibly.

American Brass
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American Brass

Long Island City

Overlooking the East River with a prime view of the Manhattan skyline, American Brass has set up one of the most picturesque outdoor dining set-ups in all five boroughs. The locally focused brasserie from chef Kevin McGinley (formerly of Bátard) has 15 translucent greenhouses so there’s nothing obstructing that awesome view that you and up to six members of your quarantine pod can enjoy.
How to book: Online

Ampia

Financial District

A vibrant floral garden in the summer transitioned to an arrangement with plenty of carved pumpkins for Halloween, and for the holiday season, one of the first restaurants to implement individual greenhouses has revamped their space once again. At Ampia, the Italian restaurant’s rooftop terrace is decked out in greenery and twinkling lights so you can snag a seat in the enclosed greenhouses while enjoying festive surroundings.
How to book: Via OpenTable

Cafe du Soleil

Upper West Side

If you’re feeling chilly dining outside this fall—how about your own personal dining igloo to warm things up? This classic French bistro recently converted its sidewalk seating with clear dome-shaped structures that encapsulate each table. The clear bubbles have closures that completely separate you from other parties and are disinfected between each seating, so you can dive into French fare like moules frites and beef bourguignon without worry.
How to book: Via OpenTable

Crown Shy
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Crown Shy

Financial District

At this Eleven Madison Park alum’s venture, you know you’re going to have an incredible meal courtesy of chef James Kent. But now, you also know you’re going to be warm—which is even more important these days. Crown Shy teamed up with American Express to transform the front of the restaurant into “Shy Village.” The space has warm yurts that can be reserved for dinner service, but you’ll need to be a cardholder to gain access.
How to book: Online

Don Angie
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Don Angie

West Village

This modern West Village Italian spot has outfitted its streetside patio with everything you need to stay warm this winter. Each table sits in its own room with a heater and ventilation system. With the restaurant’s logo printed on windows, a bright red exterior, and hints of black-and-white checkerboard, this restaurant gets some serious style points.
How to book: Via Resy

15 East at Tocqueville
15 East at Tocqueville | Alex Karasev

When two Michelin-recognized restaurants join forces, you get some seriously incredible food. Tocqueville and 15 East couldn’t be more different—Tocqueville is known for French-American fare while 15 East has acclaimed omakase—but the two restaurants are coming together for the first time this fall. You can enjoy the best of both restaurants under the elegant glass canopy, and infrared heat lamps and sheepskin throws will keep you cozy.
How to book: Via OpenTable

The Standard, High Line
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The Standard, High Line will make you feel like you’re dining and drinking at a Christmas tree farm this winter. The hotel has outfitted its outdoor plaza with dozens of pine trees strung with lights and outdoor heaters, creating little enclaves that make you feel like you’ve found a private spot in the woods. Plus, faux-fur blankets create a cozy atmosphere and actually keep you warm as you sip on hot cocktails, share snacks, or watch a movie at one of the outdoor events running through the end of the year.
How to book: Via Seven Rooms

The Garret
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‘Tis the season for holiday pop-ups, and this year, The Garret Coctelería has a perfect, socially distanced option. Through December 30, the bar’s Nolita location will have several heated greenhouses decked out in lights where you can sip on mezcal flights or seasonal cocktails like the Epazote Hot Toddy or the Lump of Coal with blackberry, mint, mango butter, black sesame, tequila, egg white, and Chilean red wine.
How to book: Via Seven Rooms

The Greens at Pier 17
Photo by Giada Paoloni

The waterfront rooftop cabins at The Greens at Pier 17 have been some of the most talked about (and Instagram-ed) outdoor dining setups of the season. But the spot has upped their game by adding warm dishes like cheese fondue, soups, and fresh chocolate chip cookies for dessert, and they’re offering the signature cocktails that earned Dante its spot on the list of the best bars in the world.
How to book: Online

Honey Badger

Prospect Lefferts Gardens

Life in NYC is never boring. But as we stay inside more and more, you may be looking for a way to spice things up. Enter Honey Badger: This Brooklyn spot has a secret, undisclosed menu that changes daily so you’ll never know what the offerings are before you sit down. For the winter, each table at this unconventional restaurant sits in a tent with pillow-covered benches and other design elements that scream cozy so you can heat things up all winter long.
How to book: Via Tock

Hütte by Blume
Hütte

Hütte by Blume

Upper East Side

At this new backyard garden hidden behind a butcher shop, dining is like being transported to the Swiss Alps. The spot opened just a few months ago and starting in November, a walk through Schaller and Weber will bring you to an apres ski-style lounge with Austrian comfort food like fondue and venison goulash with plenty of glüwein flowing. As for the decor at Hütte, expect a big tent overhead with string lights, plenty of heaters to keep you warm, and couches draped with cozy blankets.
How to book: First come, first served

Izakaya Mew

Flushing

MEW may be known for its impressive sushi menu, frosty frozen beer, and soft-serve ice cream, but the izakaya is upgrading its outdoor dining situation to be anything but chilly. The Flushing location has individual dining pods with heaters, plus hot pot and other soup options that will expand as the temperatures continue to drop.
How to book: Call 347-506-0044

Kokomo
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Kokomo

Williamsburg

With so many winter travel plans now on hold this year, why not take a pretend trip to the Caribbean in your own backyard? Kokomo boasts a menu of pan-Carribean fare that samples from the many varying cultures in the region so you can island hop around the menu. As we head into the coldest months of the year, the restaurant’s transformed outdoor dining space has a weatherproof roof, heat lamps in front of every table, and no shortage of twinkling lights for a festive outdoor dining experience.
How to book: Via Resy

Kyuramen

Flushing

At Kyuramen, you’ll get one of the most private outdoor dining experiences in all of NYC. The bamboo booths sit side by side outside the restaurant with a solid roof, a plastic window on one side, and an open entrance on the other so you can choose from 12 different types of ramen and sip the steaming broth in your own personal, weather-proof hut.
How to book: Call 917-285-2332

Nami Nori
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Nami Nori

West Village

As all you former suburban dwellers know, there’s nothing better than a car with heated seats in the winter. For New Yorkers who still have to take the subway, the next best thing is a seat at Nami Nori. The spot’s tamaki rolls travel well, but you’ll want to check out their greenhouse made from recycled plywood and the heated seats at each table at least once this winter.
How to book: Via Resy

The NoMad Rooftop
The NoMad Rooftop

The NoMad’s gorgeous rooftop bar has been a hot spot for breakfast through dessert (and everything in between) since it opened in September. With a dreamy vaulted tent roof, cozy seating options, and warm toned accent rugs, it was already well equipped for colder weather. But the restaurant is taking it up a notch with heaters throughout the fall.
How to book: Online

Oiji
Photo by Signe Birck

Oiji

East Village

Oiji’s menu of artfully presented Korean plates is now being served through individual dining pods outside of the East Village restaurant. Each personal dining room has a ventilation fan, is dressed up with seasonal decor, and contains heaters that cast an orange glow on everything for extra mood lighting. Plus beverage director Max Soh’s menu of hot cocktails bring added warmth.
How to book: Via OpenTable

Parklife
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Parklife

Gowanus

Parklife’s 4,000 square-foot patio was built for social distancing before it was even a thing, and the mostly outdoor spot is known for its craft cocktails, tacos, tlacoyos, and churros. Add two solariums for individual groups, heat lamps at every table, and a firepit for added warmth, and we know exactly where we’ll be when the temperature drops.
How to book: Online

Quality Eats
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Quality Eats

Multiple locations

Every table at Quality Eats’ two NYC locations is now enclosed in its own outdoor dining hut. Each space is individually heated with curtains to protect from the wind, and windows between each booth provide some sense of the atmosphere we’re all missing from NYC’s bustling restaurants.
How to book: West Village via Resy, Upper East Side via Resy

Strangeways
Strangeways

Strangeways

Williamsburg

You may recognize this patio from its time as the dive bar Extra Fancy, but the 1,700 square foot outdoor space has been recently transformed into an outdoor-only restaurant with gorgeous greenery and a glass greenhouse-style roof to protect from the elements. As the temperatures drop, Strangeways will heat the covered patio so you can dine on creative travel-inspired fare in the open air all year round.
How to book: Via Resy

Vinatería
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Just in time for the colder weather, Vinateria has installed stylish outdoor dining huts perfect to complement its menu of upscale Italian- and Spanish-inspired fare. Each pod has chairs covered in faux-fur, cozy candlelight, and heaters hanging overhead for additional comfort.
How to book: Via website

Wayan
Wayan

Wayan

Nolita

When Wayan wanted to bring its sizzling satays and other Indonesian dishes outside for sidewalk seating, they tapped Re-Ply—a company that is repurposing the plywood once used to protect NYC businesses from damage this spring into seating areas and tents for safe outdoor dining. The result (other than a heartwarming story) is minimalist block stools and tables and a canvas tent with heaters inside to protect you from the elements.
How to book: Via Resy

Zona De Cuba

The Bronx

If you thought dining inside an igloo meant freezing food and shivering guests, think again. Plastic domes line the rooftop at Zona de Cuba and the personal spaces will keep you warm as you dine on Cuban fare and tropical signature cocktails.
How to book: Online

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