Indoor dining is currently on hold in New York City due to a surge in coronavirus cases city- and state-wide in recent weeks. As temperatures continue to drop, restaurant and bar owners are working creatively to keep their doors open, some by temporarily closing until the spring and others by repurposing their dining rooms as makeshift shops and grocery stores.
The number of restaurants serving customers outside has slimmed considerably during the fall and winter months, but nevertheless, restaurants and bars across the five boroughs remain open for outdoor dining. Their outdoor set-ups include individual dining pods, partially-enclosed structures, seat heaters, blankets, and more innovative ways of keeping diners warm — even in frigid conditions.
NYC restaurants are currently limited to outdoor dining, along with takeout and delivery. The type of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the NYC Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.