26 Outdoor Dining Options for Warmer Weather in NYC
From zen gardens and boats to sunny streetside tables.
Warmer weather is finally upon us, and New Yorkers couldn’t be happier. Because after more than a year with a lot of time spent inside our apartments, we’ll take any hint of sun or rise in temps as inspiration to head outdoors and dine outside.
But even as the number of outdoor dining setups peppering NYC sidewalks continues to grow, navigating the outdoor dining scene can still be difficult. That’s where we come in. From open-air setups where you can soak up the sun to covered options for unpredictable weather—we’ve rounded up some of NYC’s best outdoor spots to grab a meal. Check out these 26 spots with stand-out outdoor seating, and as always, remember to wear your mask, social distance responsibly, and tip generously.
This new venture from chef George Mendes marks his return to the NYC culinary scene since closing Aldea last year. Just as the name implies, Veranda sits above the streets in SoHo with a retractable pergola roof and greenhouse vibes that work perfectly for its spring debut. A few different bars and dining spaces make up the spot, so in addition to the restaurant’s globally inspired American fare, there’s also additional destinations for before-dinner drinks like at Bar at Veranda or light bites al fresco at The Bar Back.
At this recently opened Indian restaurant at Essex Market, chef Chintan Pandya and restaurateur Roni Mazumdar of Rahi and Adda serve fiery provincial Indian cuisine in an equally bold atmosphere. The massive murals and art lining the walls of the dining room are a sight to behold, but the views outside are just as impressive with bold colors covering the patio structure and open-air tables that allow you to take it all in.
Summer in the city means it’s time to slurp oysters with a skyline view, and there’s no better place to do that than Grand Banks. At this floating restaurant that just reopened this month for the season, guests start their visit by boarding a historic wooden schooner docked where oyster barges once sat along the waterfront in the 18th and 19th centuries. On its deck overlooking the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline, order from a menu of nautical-themed cocktails like the refreshing Skipper Key spritz with rose, lemon, and strawberry—and feast on East and West coast oysters along with other seafood dishes like lobster rolls, fried soft shell crab, and scallops atop a summer succotash.
How to book: Via website
This Ridgewood restaurant has quickly become a staple for local goods and cozy wood-fired takeout options, but Rolo’s will also debut a menu of simple yet elevated seasonal fare for brunch and dinner that can be enjoyed on its brand new sidewalk setup starting on May 5. The expansive space can accommodate up to 38 guests and features a roof overhead, simple picnic tables, string lights, and plexiglass separating each table.
After closing at the beginning of the pandemic last year, this iconic French brasserie from restaurateur Keith McNally reopened in March. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch, the menu features classic French fare like pastries from the restaurant’s on-site bakery, seafood from the raw bar, and favorites like moules frites, steak tartare, and escargot. In addition to offering sidewalk seating, Balthazar’s outdoor dining structures are a part of The Outdoor Villages program with American Express and Resy.
With skyline views of the city, an industrial feel, and vibrant decor, Cantina Rooftop is the place to be when the weather gets warmer. This Mexican restaurant atop Stage 48 has a menu stocked with antojitos like nachos, guacamole, and street corn for sharing alongside margaritas and other cocktails that to enjoy on the open-air patio any time of year.
How to book: Via OpenTable
Take your shoes off and secure a seat at one of Dr. Clark’s outdoor kotatsu tables, and you’ll know you’re at one of the hottest outdoor dining setups in the city. Located at the original space of the now relocated popular hangout and karaoke spot Winnie’s, the Japanese restaurant employs traditional low-to-the-ground tables that also serve as a heat source, so guests can stay warm while enjoying dishes grilled tableside along with a menu of Hokkaido specialties.
Inside the dining room at this dreamy yet industrial Mediterranean spot, guests will feel like they’re in a luxurious garden. And that feel is carried to the patio where seating is surrounded by bright fabric pillows and lush greenery that transports you out of Greenpoint while enjoying brunch, dinner, or drinks.
Part plant store and part vegan cafe, this Clinton Hill neighborhood spot is decked out for warmer weather. A bright pink outdoor seating area provides coverage from shade and any inclement weather, and sets the tone for sunny days ahead while you sample vegan baked goods, sandwiches, empanadas, and other breakfast, lunch, or snack options.
How to book: Walk in
Since reopening in March, diners can once again enjoy executive chef Michael Anthony’s American tavern fare in the dining room or out on the patio. Inside, Gramercy Tavern is offering a five-course tasting menu for $140 per person that features dishes like sumac-crusted duck breast and marinated scallops with apple, radish, and shiso, but out on the patio you can order favorites like the restaurant’s signature burger from an a la carte menu.
With vast waterfront views of the Brooklyn Bridge and a prime location in the bustling Seaport neighborhood, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s first seafood restaurant offers a scenic experience for any occasion. The Fulton’s covered patio includes sky-high ceilings and heaters around every table alongside the East River.
How to book: Via website
This waterfront rooftop spot has been one of the most talked about (and Instagram-ed) outdoor dining setups and the outdoor-only restaurant has upped its game for warmer weather with mini lawns for each party and summer-y drink specials like a jalapeno watermelon margarita frose. The food menu has also been made more seasonal with salads, vegetable summer rolls, and seafood options like lobster rolls and a soft shell crab sandwich to enjoy alongside unparalleled views of Manhattan.
How to book: Online
For some culinary inspiration, Hachi Maki is bringing the bustling Japanese street market atmosphere to NYC. Inside the bi-level restaurant that opened earlier this year, you’ll find a 12-seat sushi bar and plenty of booths and tables, but the restaurant’s heated patio can accommodate up to 40 guests and is the perfect setting to try chef Max Zumwalt’s slate of temaki hand rolls, ramen, and more, al fresco. A daily happy hour from 4 pm-6 pm is also available, with draft beer, sake, wine, and cocktails available with small bites all for $9 or less.
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Located in the East Village, Hasaki has been serving sashimi and edomae-style sushi since 1984. For its outdoor seating, dine out front at one of the heated partitioned tables on the restaurant’s patio along 9th Street, or for a more intimate setting, venture through the restaurant to escape into a secret zen garden for an evening of omakase.
Known for its hip interior and creative cocktails, this West Village destination from renowned cocktail expert Masa Urishido is regularly featured on lists of best bars in the world. While customers can also pull up to a stool for a highball and some izakaya fare inside the dining room, Katana Kitten is also showing off its innovative aesthetic to passersby with mini tents for outdoor dining. Each tent was hand-stitched by Urushido himself, and low stools and candles in each tent complete the mood.
How to book: First come first served
Practically made for street-side hangs, this laid-back neighborhood spot has a menu that changes daily and a hearty wine list with plenty of bottles to sip and share. Outside of the restaurant’s corner location at King Street and 6th Avenue, diners can enjoy seating with twinkling lights, heaters, flickering candles, and plenty of distance between tables that bring the dining room ambiance outdoors. If you can’t stay for a full meal, check out their to-go window for cocktails, wine, and even gooey raclette to take with you.
With so many 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. 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
Le Bain & The Rooftop
Atop The Standard, High Line hotel, this famed rooftop bar and dancing spot offers some of the wildest views of the skyline and Hudson River found in Manhattan. Le Bain & The Rooftop reopened in the spring with new cocktails like the Jungle J (gin, grapefruit, jalapeño & pomegranate kombucha), and a food menu featuring small bites like shisito peppers, fish tacos, and Korean fried chicken. Reserve a table on the grass-covered terrace to hang Friday to Sunday from 4 pm-11 pm.
How to book: Via SevenRooms
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.
At this cool neighborhood spot located steps from Prospect Park, guests can dine in the backyard garden where chef and owner Greg Baxtrom grows produce and herbs to inspire the seasonal menu. Currently, the backyard seating area has a special menu with exclusive items like English pea spaetzle with oyster mushrooms and pea tendrils and fresh desserts like a frozen yogurt served with whipped lavender honey.
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One of NYC’s most celebrated dim sum parlors recently updated its setup for comfortable outdoor dining all year long. The restaurant’s outdoor dining structures are a part of The Outdoor Villages program with American Express and Resy, and cardholders can book these private tables for parties of three to five guests. Each setup includes overhead heaters that’ll help stay warm while enjoying dim sum classics like the eatery’s famous OG egg rolls, dumplings, and pan-fried noodles in superior soy sauce.
This staple NYC brasserie now has garden-inspired individual dining booths making up its streetside eatery. Quality Bistro is currently open for lunch and dinner, so guests can book a private greenery covered cabin for four to six guests to dine on classic dishes like French onion soup, steak frites, and raw bar towers.
This rustic handmade pasta staple from chef Stefano Secchi in Flatiron is now offering outdoor seating on a fancified patio. The covered outdoor accommodations have individual heaters hanging overhead, plants separating each table to ensure safe social distancing, and heavy luxe velvet curtains.
You may recognize this patio from its time as the dive bar Extra Fancy, but the 1,700 square foot outdoor space has been transformed into an outdoor-only restaurant with gorgeous greenery and a glass greenhouse-style roof to protect from the elements.
With a 2,500 square foot backyard garden, Ten Hope is pretty much made for outdoor dining. At the Mediterranean restaurant, choose from an open-air garden with vines and plants separating tables, or a mix of traditional seating and couches with side tables for the ideal setup to anything from casual drinks to a full meal.
Although it just opened in February after a year of delays due to the pandemic, Tribeca’s Kitchen is already cementing its role as one of Tribeca’s ultimate neighborhood spots. Chef Jack Logue is using his experience in award-winning kitchens (Clocktower, Betony) to craft a menu that gussies up classic burgers and other American fare with high caliber twists like tavern mac & cheese with braised ox cheek. Enjoy dinner and brunch offerings in warm private booths on Church Street with large windows for a bright and airy experience, and two types of heaters alongside each table to keep you warm.