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.Read More