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La Estancia de la Espiga in Corona, Queens
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20 Sheltered Spots for Dining Outdoors in NYC When It Rains

Where to stay dry, and eat well, when it’s raining

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La Estancia de la Espiga in Corona, Queens
| Robert Sietsema / Eater NY

More than a year into the pandemic, nearly everyone has experienced it: Sitting at an unprotected outdoor table, food spread before you, the sky suddenly opens up. The season of spring showers and five-minute downpours is suddenly upon us, and for those not quite ready to dine indoors, it’s important to scope out the best spots for staying dry while eating outside. This list of tented tables, heated patios, and covered backyards includes spots with plenty of airflow, and ample protection no matter the forecast.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2020.

A number of NYC restaurants are offering outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery service. The type of service offered is indicated on each map point where possible. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, 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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Emilia's

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2331 Arthur Ave
The Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 367-5915
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Thanks to the Belmont Improvement District, Arthur Avenue’s Little Italy in the Bronx is now a maze of carefully spaced tables, many with umbrellas and overhead protection. This red-sauced Italian restaurant has a menu dotted with southern Italian and Sicilian classics, including pasta fagioli soup, clams oreganata, panelle chickpea fritters, and veal marsala. A patio in the backyard offers ample rain protection.

2. Cafe Luxembourg

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200 W 70th St
New York, NY 10023
(212) 873-7411
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All of the classics of the Parisian boulevard cafe are here reproduced, including steak tartare, French onion soup, moules frites, and raw oysters. A lengthy row of outdoor tables offers protection from the rain with plenty of airflow.

3. Ovelia

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34-01 30th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103
(718) 721-7217
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On a rainy day, huddle up with comforting spreads of grilled meats and mezze at Ovelia, a Greek mainstay in Astoria that offers seating under a well-covered roadside patio.

4. Le Sia

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651 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(646) 559-5220
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The acclaimed spicy seafood boils and skewers at Le Sia in Hell’s Kitchen are just as good on a rainy day, when customers can hang out under the restaurant’s covered outdoor patio. Make sure to call ahead to check availability before you go, as there are three tables available for walk-ins only.

Pink shrimp and red crawfish are arranged in an alternating fashion in a bowl at Le Sia, shot from overhead
Shrimp and red crawfish at Le Sia
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5. Ruta Oaxaca Mexican Cuisine

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35-03 Broadway
Queens, NY 11106
(929) 349-1228
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From beneath this bright pink outdoor dining set-up, Queens newcomer Ruta Oaxaca is serving a variety of Mexican moles that are just as vibrant. The selection of sauces changes from day to day, but past menus have included orange, green, red, and brown moles blanketed over bunuelos and enchiladas.

A dark pink awning and an outdoor dining enclosure in front in the same shade. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

6. La Espiga

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42-11 102nd St
Corona, NY 11368
(718) 779-7898
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Longrunning Mexican restaurant La Espiga — known for its tacos, tortas, and fresh, housemade tortillas — has a sheltered curbside structure set up with three to four tables underneath that are well-protected from the rain.

On a green plate, a giant hunk of meat with onions and cilantro, and a side plate of tortillas. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

7. Ayada

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7708 Woodside Ave
Elmhurst, NY 11373
(718) 424-0844
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With a sturdy outdoor dining set-up on its front sidewalk, Elmhurst Thai favorite Ayada is a good bet in inclement weather. Twelve years after it opened, diners can still expect owner-chef Duangjai “Kitty” Thammasat and her family to prepare standout Thai fare like duck Penang curry and spicy papaya salad.

A crispy whole fish topped with papaya salad. Ayada [Official Photo]

8. Hao Noodle

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343 W 14th St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 882-0059
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The well-decorated outdoor dining set-up at Hao Noodle is also functional: The structure is partially enclosed and is outfitted with heaters for dining in any weather. This branch of a Chinese chain that revels in its citified food from Shanghai and Beijing, including shrimp scallion noodles, flame grilled brochettes, and three kinds of soup dumplings.

9. Shuko

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47 E 12th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-6088
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Luxury omakase spot Shuko’s outdoor dining setup is tucked in a covered alleyway, providing plenty of coverage for customers looking for protection from sudden rainstorms. The restaurant has been doing a version of its takeout and delivery menu for outdoor diners, offering a variety of sushi roll sets featuring sea bream, amberjack, tuna, trout, and other fish.

Tables and chairs set up in a covered brick alleyway
Shuko’s outdoor seating
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10. 232 Bleecker

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232 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 905-5800
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232 Bleecker — fast-casual chain Dig’s foray into full-service dining, led by chef Suzanne Cupps — is serving its seasonal fare under a heated and covered outdoor structure. The dinner menu currently includes chicken thighs with heirloom beans, a chicory and pea shoot salad, and spaghetti primavera.

11. Miss Lily's 7A Cafe

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109 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 812-1482
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The shareable small plates — including salt cod fritters and spicy pepper shrimp — are particularly good at this East Village Caribbean restaurant, which leans Jamaican. To the sound of reggae and other island musical genres, diners sit at a series of tables in the street and a trestle awning covers all. Make sure you sit under it if the sky is threatening.

A brightly painted corner restaurant with a line of tables in front covered by an arched awning. Robert Sietsema/Eater

12. Le Crocodile

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80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 460-8004
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Chez Ma Tante duo Aidan O’Neal and Jake Leiber’s Williamsburg brasserie — which New York Times critic Pete Wells awarded three stars to prior to the shutdown — has an expansive, lush outdoor seating area that can be covered during inclement weather. There’s some sheltered seating along the sidewalk as well, and diners at Le Crocodile can savor French fare like snails with parsley, pernod, and fennel, and a spring vegetable tagine with green olives and ramps.

Tables and chairs set up outside on a black and white tiled patio with plenty of greenery surrounding the tables.
Le Crocodile’s outdoor seating
Le Crocodile, outdoor seating

13. Cozy Royale

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434 Humboldt St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 734-2792
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From the team behind cult-favorite Brooklyn butcher shop, the Meat Hook, comes Cozy Royale, Ben Turley and Brent Young’s first full-service restaurant. After initially planning to open in May, the restaurant debuted in early September with a focus on Appalachian cooking. The roof-covered outdoor seating area surrounded by planters is also a big plus when dealing with rain.

A restaurant’s outdoor seating area, with a few tables, wooden chairs, and cars visible in the background Clay Williams/Eater

14. Tonii's Fresh Rice Noodle

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83 Bayard St
New York, NY 10013
(646) 250-0696
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The sturdy covered structure outside Tonii’s Fresh Rice Noodle in Chinatown makes for an excellent rainy day outdoor meetup. There’s over a dozen variations of the restaurant’s namesake rice rolls available, including chicken, roast duck, and crab meat and egg. Top your order off with one or five of legendary Chinatown bakery Kam Hing’s signature sponge cakes, also sold from the restaurant.

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Beef rice rolls from Tonii’s
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15. P.J. Clarke's

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250 Vesey St
New York, NY 10281
(212) 285-1500
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An Irish East Side saloon founded in 1884, its much newer Battery Park City branch offers ramped up bar food, including drinking snacks, seafood, and many hamburger permutations. It furnishes lovely views of the yacht basin on the Hudson River, and, in addition to tables under the trees, a covered porch with substantial rain protection.

16. Imani

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271 Adelphi St
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 923-0100
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Fort Greene Caribbean restaurant Imani has some sturdy outdoor rain coverings along the sidewalk, where it’s been continuing to serve up popular dishes like the spicy spare ribs with pineapple and slaw, jerk chicken ramen, and the oxtail stew.

17. Chilo's

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323 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 676-5245
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Hunkered behind this Bed-Stuy dive is a food truck slinging tacos and tortas with a variety of stewed fillings. On a rainy day, it’s tough to beat an order of the restaurant’s duck and carnitas tacos in this heated and covered backyard. Additional seating is available at rain-protected tables in front of the bar.

18. Oxalis

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791 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 627-8298
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Oxalis’s sheltered outdoor cabin is blessedly located off the street, tucked in a quiet alleyway behind the restaurant. Keep in mind that the restaurant only offers its a la carte menu outside; available dishes currently include a fried caulilini appetizer with sorrel, capers, and horseradish, and a Berkshire pork belly dish paired with salsa verde.

19. Pasta Louise

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803 8th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(347) 725-3883
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Stay dry and eat pasta underneath twinkling lights at Park Slope neighborhood favorite Pasta Louise, which recently decked out its sheltered curbside structure in springtime floral arrangements. The restaurant features a different pasta shape on the dinner menu each day, and customers can choose from one of five available pasta sauces to dress the noodles.

20. L&B Spumoni Gardens

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2725 86th St
Brooklyn, NY 11223
(718) 449-1230
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This venerable Italian-American spot has always had two big outdoor areas, one uncovered right in front, and another on the side with a red canvas overhead covering. Feast in the latter when it rains on hero sandwiches, sheet pizzas, and a broad range of classic pastas, and top it off with a crinkled paper cup of spumoni.

A white paper cup of spumoni in shades of green, cream, and brown. Robert Sietsema/Eater

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1. Emilia's

2331 Arthur Ave, The Bronx, NY 10458

Thanks to the Belmont Improvement District, Arthur Avenue’s Little Italy in the Bronx is now a maze of carefully spaced tables, many with umbrellas and overhead protection. This red-sauced Italian restaurant has a menu dotted with southern Italian and Sicilian classics, including pasta fagioli soup, clams oreganata, panelle chickpea fritters, and veal marsala. A patio in the backyard offers ample rain protection.

2331 Arthur Ave
The Bronx, NY 10458

2. Cafe Luxembourg

200 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023

All of the classics of the Parisian boulevard cafe are here reproduced, including steak tartare, French onion soup, moules frites, and raw oysters. A lengthy row of outdoor tables offers protection from the rain with plenty of airflow.

200 W 70th St
New York, NY 10023

3. Ovelia

34-01 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103

On a rainy day, huddle up with comforting spreads of grilled meats and mezze at Ovelia, a Greek mainstay in Astoria that offers seating under a well-covered roadside patio.

34-01 30th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103

4. Le Sia

651 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Read Review |
Pink shrimp and red crawfish are arranged in an alternating fashion in a bowl at Le Sia, shot from overhead
Shrimp and red crawfish at Le Sia
Louise Palmberg/Eater

The acclaimed spicy seafood boils and skewers at Le Sia in Hell’s Kitchen are just as good on a rainy day, when customers can hang out under the restaurant’s covered outdoor patio. Make sure to call ahead to check availability before you go, as there are three tables available for walk-ins only.

651 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036

5. Ruta Oaxaca Mexican Cuisine

35-03 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106
A dark pink awning and an outdoor dining enclosure in front in the same shade. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

From beneath this bright pink outdoor dining set-up, Queens newcomer Ruta Oaxaca is serving a variety of Mexican moles that are just as vibrant. The selection of sauces changes from day to day, but past menus have included orange, green, red, and brown moles blanketed over bunuelos and enchiladas.

35-03 Broadway
Queens, NY 11106

6. La Espiga

42-11 102nd St, Corona, NY 11368
On a green plate, a giant hunk of meat with onions and cilantro, and a side plate of tortillas. Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Longrunning Mexican restaurant La Espiga — known for its tacos, tortas, and fresh, housemade tortillas — has a sheltered curbside structure set up with three to four tables underneath that are well-protected from the rain.

42-11 102nd St
Corona, NY 11368

7. Ayada

7708 Woodside Ave, Elmhurst, NY 11373
A crispy whole fish topped with papaya salad. Ayada [Official Photo]

With a sturdy outdoor dining set-up on its front sidewalk, Elmhurst Thai favorite Ayada is a good bet in inclement weather. Twelve years after it opened, diners can still expect owner-chef Duangjai “Kitty” Thammasat and her family to prepare standout Thai fare like duck Penang curry and spicy papaya salad.

7708 Woodside Ave
Elmhurst, NY 11373

8. Hao Noodle

343 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014

The well-decorated outdoor dining set-up at Hao Noodle is also functional: The structure is partially enclosed and is outfitted with heaters for dining in any weather. This branch of a Chinese chain that revels in its citified food from Shanghai and Beijing, including shrimp scallion noodles, flame grilled brochettes, and three kinds of soup dumplings.

343 W 14th St
New York, NY 10014

9. Shuko

47 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003
Tables and chairs set up in a covered brick alleyway
Shuko’s outdoor seating
Shuko [Official]

Luxury omakase spot Shuko’s outdoor dining setup is tucked in a covered alleyway, providing plenty of coverage for customers looking for protection from sudden rainstorms. The restaurant has been doing a version of its takeout and delivery menu for outdoor diners, offering a variety of sushi roll sets featuring sea bream, amberjack, tuna, trout, and other fish.

47 E 12th St
New York, NY 10003

10. 232 Bleecker

232 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

232 Bleecker — fast-casual chain Dig’s foray into full-service dining, led by chef Suzanne Cupps — is serving its seasonal fare under a heated and covered outdoor structure. The dinner menu currently includes chicken thighs with heirloom beans, a chicory and pea shoot salad, and spaghetti primavera.

232 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014

11. Miss Lily's 7A Cafe

109 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
A brightly painted corner restaurant with a line of tables in front covered by an arched awning. Robert Sietsema/Eater

The shareable small plates — including salt cod fritters and spicy pepper shrimp — are particularly good at this East Village Caribbean restaurant, which leans Jamaican. To the sound of reggae and other island musical genres, diners sit at a series of tables in the street and a trestle awning covers all. Make sure you sit under it if the sky is threatening.

109 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

12. Le Crocodile

80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Tables and chairs set up outside on a black and white tiled patio with plenty of greenery surrounding the tables.
Le Crocodile’s outdoor seating
Le Crocodile, outdoor seating

Chez Ma Tante duo Aidan O’Neal and Jake Leiber’s Williamsburg brasserie — which New York Times critic Pete Wells awarded three stars to prior to the shutdown — has an expansive, lush outdoor seating area that can be covered during inclement weather. There’s some sheltered seating along the sidewalk as well, and diners at Le Crocodile can savor French fare like snails with parsley, pernod, and fennel, and a spring vegetable tagine with green olives and ramps.

80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

13. Cozy Royale

434 Humboldt St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
A restaurant’s outdoor seating area, with a few tables, wooden chairs, and cars visible in the background Clay Williams/Eater

From the team behind cult-favorite Brooklyn butcher shop, the Meat Hook, comes Cozy Royale, Ben Turley and Brent Young’s first full-service restaurant. After initially planning to open in May, the restaurant debuted in early September with a focus on Appalachian cooking. The roof-covered outdoor seating area surrounded by planters is also a big plus when dealing with rain.

434 Humboldt St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

14. Tonii's Fresh Rice Noodle

83 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013
A black takeout container filled with white rice rolls sitting on a white plastic takeout bag
Beef rice rolls from Tonii’s
Luke Fortney/Eater NY

The sturdy covered structure outside Tonii’s Fresh Rice Noodle in Chinatown makes for an excellent rainy day outdoor meetup. There’s over a dozen variations of the restaurant’s namesake rice rolls available, including chicken, roast duck, and crab meat and egg. Top your order off with one or five of legendary Chinatown bakery Kam Hing’s signature sponge cakes, also sold from the restaurant.

83 Bayard St
New York, NY 10013

15. P.J. Clarke's

250 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281

An Irish East Side saloon founded in 1884, its much newer Battery Park City branch offers ramped up bar food, including drinking snacks, seafood, and many hamburger permutations. It furnishes lovely views of the yacht basin on the Hudson River, and, in addition to tables under the trees, a covered porch with substantial rain protection.

250 Vesey St
New York, NY 10281

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16. Imani

271 Adelphi St, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Fort Greene Caribbean restaurant Imani has some sturdy outdoor rain coverings along the sidewalk, where it’s been continuing to serve up popular dishes like the spicy spare ribs with pineapple and slaw, jerk chicken ramen, and the oxtail stew.

271 Adelphi St
Brooklyn, NY 11205

17. Chilo's

323 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Hunkered behind this Bed-Stuy dive is a food truck slinging tacos and tortas with a variety of stewed fillings. On a rainy day, it’s tough to beat an order of the restaurant’s duck and carnitas tacos in this heated and covered backyard. Additional seating is available at rain-protected tables in front of the bar.

323 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

18. Oxalis

791 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Oxalis’s sheltered outdoor cabin is blessedly located off the street, tucked in a quiet alleyway behind the restaurant. Keep in mind that the restaurant only offers its a la carte menu outside; available dishes currently include a fried caulilini appetizer with sorrel, capers, and horseradish, and a Berkshire pork belly dish paired with salsa verde.

791 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

19. Pasta Louise

803 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Stay dry and eat pasta underneath twinkling lights at Park Slope neighborhood favorite Pasta Louise, which recently decked out its sheltered curbside structure in springtime floral arrangements. The restaurant features a different pasta shape on the dinner menu each day, and customers can choose from one of five available pasta sauces to dress the noodles.

803 8th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

20. L&B Spumoni Gardens

2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223
A white paper cup of spumoni in shades of green, cream, and brown. Robert Sietsema/Eater

This venerable Italian-American spot has always had two big outdoor areas, one uncovered right in front, and another on the side with a red canvas overhead covering. Feast in the latter when it rains on hero sandwiches, sheet pizzas, and a broad range of classic pastas, and top it off with a crinkled paper cup of spumoni.

2725 86th St
Brooklyn, NY 11223

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