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10 Restaurants on Staten Island with Heated Outdoor Dining

Heated waterfront decks, plastic igloos, and more

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With indoor dining currently on hold in NYC due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases citywide, restaurants across the five boroughs, including Staten Island, now largely rely on a mix of outdoor dining, delivery, and takeout. Due to the higher positivity rates on Staten Island, restaurants here are limited to serving four people per table outdoors.

As the weather turns significantly colder, 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 10 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 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.

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Seafood destination Blue has a large deck overlooking the water that has been set up for outdoor dining. Visitors to the restaurant have a mix of seat heaters, a fireplace, and space heaters for added warmth. Reservations are recommended.

Lakruwana

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Staten Island is home to a number of stellar Sri Lankan restaurants (many within a short distance of the ferry stop). Lakruwana excels at dishes that combine a bounty of herbs and spices, such as the green chili-spiked kothu roti (a popular street-food dish where flaky flatbread is often stir-fried with eggs) or a salty-and-sour lassi. Reservations are required for outdoor dining.

The Richmond

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American bistro the Richmond is only open Thursdays through Sundays, but there is a garden patio that’s partially covered and has heaters, which allow for outdoor dining. Menu items here include short rib mac and cheese, lobster bisque, and pan roasted octopus. There’s also a decent cocktail and wine list.

Vinum’s extensive wine list makes it easy to bounce between the menu of small plates (venison carpaccio) and the larger entrees (a rustic lasagna). The restaurant’s executive chef, Massimo Felici, worked in some of the city’s most revered Italian restaurants — Cipriani Da Umberto, Giambelli — before turning this spot into a Staten Island standby. The heated outdoor dining setup requires reservations.

Cajun establishment Bayou has set up dining pods, or igloos as the restaurant calls it, adjacent to the restaurant. The plastic bubbles each seat four people, and reservations are recommended by calling the restaurant. Dishes like jambalaya, andouille sausage, and sweet potato fritters are all on deck.

Bin 5’s menu leans Italian with crowd favorites like fried calamari and spaghetti cacio e pepe. While the intimate dining room is off limits these days, the al fresco menu hasn’t cut corners with its other seasonal dishes (exhibit A: an aged pork chop served over apple risotto). Reservations are necessary for the heated outdoor dining space with 24 seats.

Royal Crown Bakery

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Lunch favorite Royal Crown Bakery has set up a semi-enclosed structure in front of its shop with space heaters and chairs to eat outdoors. Aside from its vast selection of Italian pastries, the restaurant also serves sandwiches, pizzas, and pastas.

99 Favor Taste

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Hot pot mini chain 99 Favor Taste has an outdoor deck with heaters that seats people at four to six tables. Diners choosing to eat outside, however, can only pick the hot pot menu.

Fiore Di Mare

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Waterfront Italian restaurant Fiore di Mare has a spacious outdoor deck with space heaters set up throughout. Diners at the upscale venue can choose from items like beet and goat cheese Napoleon, braised veal ragu with pappardelle, and Sicilian-style yellow fin tuna.

Millie's of Staten Island

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Pizza and meatball spot Millie’s has an expansive outdoor seating area but dressing up warmly is recommended as the restaurant doesn’t have a tent or covered dining setup. The restaurant does, however, have heaters spread throughout the outdoor space.

Blue

Seafood destination Blue has a large deck overlooking the water that has been set up for outdoor dining. Visitors to the restaurant have a mix of seat heaters, a fireplace, and space heaters for added warmth. Reservations are recommended.

Lakruwana

Staten Island is home to a number of stellar Sri Lankan restaurants (many within a short distance of the ferry stop). Lakruwana excels at dishes that combine a bounty of herbs and spices, such as the green chili-spiked kothu roti (a popular street-food dish where flaky flatbread is often stir-fried with eggs) or a salty-and-sour lassi. Reservations are required for outdoor dining.

The Richmond

American bistro the Richmond is only open Thursdays through Sundays, but there is a garden patio that’s partially covered and has heaters, which allow for outdoor dining. Menu items here include short rib mac and cheese, lobster bisque, and pan roasted octopus. There’s also a decent cocktail and wine list.

Vinum

Vinum’s extensive wine list makes it easy to bounce between the menu of small plates (venison carpaccio) and the larger entrees (a rustic lasagna). The restaurant’s executive chef, Massimo Felici, worked in some of the city’s most revered Italian restaurants — Cipriani Da Umberto, Giambelli — before turning this spot into a Staten Island standby. The heated outdoor dining setup requires reservations.

Bayou

Cajun establishment Bayou has set up dining pods, or igloos as the restaurant calls it, adjacent to the restaurant. The plastic bubbles each seat four people, and reservations are recommended by calling the restaurant. Dishes like jambalaya, andouille sausage, and sweet potato fritters are all on deck.

Bin 5

Bin 5’s menu leans Italian with crowd favorites like fried calamari and spaghetti cacio e pepe. While the intimate dining room is off limits these days, the al fresco menu hasn’t cut corners with its other seasonal dishes (exhibit A: an aged pork chop served over apple risotto). Reservations are necessary for the heated outdoor dining space with 24 seats.

Royal Crown Bakery

Lunch favorite Royal Crown Bakery has set up a semi-enclosed structure in front of its shop with space heaters and chairs to eat outdoors. Aside from its vast selection of Italian pastries, the restaurant also serves sandwiches, pizzas, and pastas.

99 Favor Taste

Hot pot mini chain 99 Favor Taste has an outdoor deck with heaters that seats people at four to six tables. Diners choosing to eat outside, however, can only pick the hot pot menu.

Fiore Di Mare

Waterfront Italian restaurant Fiore di Mare has a spacious outdoor deck with space heaters set up throughout. Diners at the upscale venue can choose from items like beet and goat cheese Napoleon, braised veal ragu with pappardelle, and Sicilian-style yellow fin tuna.

Millie's of Staten Island

Pizza and meatball spot Millie’s has an expansive outdoor seating area but dressing up warmly is recommended as the restaurant doesn’t have a tent or covered dining setup. The restaurant does, however, have heaters spread throughout the outdoor space.

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