Nowadays, the geography is somewhat confused. What was once merely Greenwich Village has been divvied up into Greenwich Village, the West Village, and the South Village, the latter now more often considered the western part of Soho. Meanwhile, what was once the Lower East Side became the East Village, in an attempt on the part of real estate interests to make that neighborhood as desirable as Greenwich Village.
Well, this piece doesn’t have to take a stance, let’s just say it covers the territory that runs from the Hudson River to Broadway, between Houston and 14th streets. Here are some of my favorite restaurants, some well-known, others not so much. Unless otherwise noted, all these places offer outdoor seating in one form or another rather than indoor seating, which is currently prohibited in NYC due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also be careful to check on a restaurant before you go, since opening hours and days can vary due to staffing and other coronavirus challenges.
A number of New York City restaurants have resumed outdoor dining services. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for outdoor dining, 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