With indoor dining currently at limited capacity in NYC, restaurants across the five boroughs, including Manhattan, still rely on an added mix of outdoor dining, delivery, and takeout to keep operations afloat during the pandemic.
Amid the cold weather, restaurateurs are working creatively to keep their outdoor spaces heated so diners feel comfortable — even in frigid conditions. There are individual dining pods, partially-enclosed structures with heaters and blankets, and more innovative moves as restaurants adapt for the winter months.
Here, Eater has rounded up 25 establishments with a variety of heated outdoor dining setups, with the type of seating noted in each write up. Eater will continue to update this list semi-regularly over the winter months as long as outdoor dining is permitted.
NYC restaurants are currently limited to indoor dining at 35 percent capacity (with 50 percent capacity starting March 19) and 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.Read More