The summer dining scene out east may have gotten off to a slow start but as additional outdoor dining areas popped up, it grew more vibrant. Mediterranean and sushi spots, in particular, reached a new level of popularity.
With some people planning to head to the Hamptons for Labor Day this year and stick around, the coming months are shaping up to be one of the area’s busiest fall seasons yet. Many restaurants are extending their hours to accommodate the expanded population, and adding heat lamps to keep their outdoor dining areas vibrant through autumn. Unlike New York City, where indoor dining is still on hold, Hamptons dining rooms are open at 50 percent capacity. When the chillier nights set in, it could become a particularly attractive destination for urban diners.
A number of New York restaurants have resumed outdoor and indoor dining services. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for outdoor or indoor dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the NY Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with indoor or outdoor dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.
For more New York dining recommendations, check out the new hotspots in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, and our guide to brunch spots, food halls, and Michelin-starred restaurants offering outdoor dining.Read More