Winter is here, but that doesn’t mean your favorite bars and eateries have to close up shop. With the global pandemic throwing challenge after challenge at NYC’s restaurant industry, your go-to spots across the boroughs are hunkering down and heating things up with a few updates to their outdoor spaces.
Winona’s in Williamsburg
Take some Sage Advice (Rhum Agricole, pineapple, sage, lime) from Winona’s and stay for a tipple on its heated patio.
Niche Niche in SoHo
Explore unique food and wine from new places each week from inside Niche Niche’s warm backyard Andes Ski Lodge dining area.
Samurai Papa in Bedford-Stuyvesant
This Brooklyn ramen bar serves homemade spicy noodles, rice bowls, and soba inside its cozy outdoor yurts (or for delivery).
Wayan in Nolita
Treat yourself to the outdoor Indo-Chalet, where vibrant, savory dishes—like satays, sides, and skewers—are served in cast-iron pans over direct heat at your table.
Lafayette in NoHo
Enter Le Village de Lafayette for a cozy glass-house atmosphere and a special wintry menu from chef Andrew Carmellini. It will be open for reservations all season long!
Watermark at Pier 15
Enjoy a waterfront dinner or after-work drink inside a private and heated glass house at Pier 15.
Feliz Coctelería in Nolita
The indoor dining ban won’t stop Garret Cocteleria’s Pan-Latin–inspired holiday pop-up from serving Coquito Poquitos in its outdoor mezcal cabins and hacienda sunroom!
Industry Kitchen in FiDi
This industrial-chic New American eatery reimagines outdoor dining with its festive private glass houses, complete with heaters, holiday decor, and cheery music.
Route 66 Smokehouse in FiDi
This downtown barbecue spot keeps its diners safe in the cutest way possible—in their own heated and festive-looking bubbles!
The Standard in the East Village
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at this hotel’s Winter Garden setup. Sip spiked hot chocolate inside Alpine yurts or sit underneath fairy lights in the heated seating area while nibbling fresh-baked gingerbread cookies.
1803 in Tribeca
Now you can enjoy the Cajun-Creole fare of this New Orleans–inspired restaurant and jazz club all year round in its newly renovated outdoor dining space.
The Winter Pool House in the Rockaways
You won’t find a more gorgeous setting than at the heated Winter Pool House (or a better Irish coffee to keep the chills at bay).
The Musket Room in Nolita
Celebrate this Michelin-starred establishment’s heated garden and covered patio space with a Chef’s Choice Tasting. The menu changes nightly, so you’ll never know what globally inspired cuisine you’ll get to try next.
Cask Bar + Kitchen in Murray Hill
Dine in comfort at Cask’s heated sidewalk café, where customers are safely separated by tall see-through barriers so that everyone can fully enjoy their truffle mac and cheese and hanger steak flatbreads.
Tuffet in Williamsburg
What doesn’t this self-proclaimed cheese/meat/bar have? Seasonal sangria? Check. Reliable wifi (and, yes, even in the garden)? Of course. Outdoor fireplace and fleece blankets? Double check. Artisanal charcuterie boards? We’ll have seconds, please.
Hortus in NoMad
This might be one of our favorite NYC secrets, but we’ll tell you about it anyway. This season you can treat yourself to a blend of modern Asian cuisine from the comfort of Hortus’s hidden winter patio, complete with space heaters and umbrellas!
Shuka in SoHo
It will take more than a chilly breeze to keep you away from this eastern Mediterranean restaurant’s spiced chick kebabs and savory dips (trust us, you’ll want to lick the bowl clean), but the outdoor heat lamps will definitely make your experience that much more enjoyable.
Dirt Candy on the Lower East Side
Seating on an outdoor patio? In December? Yes, it’s possible. And yes, the only frosty vibes you’ll feel here will come from the sparkling winter holiday decor and a chilled bottle of Chardonnay.
Olio e Piú in Greenwich Village
Alfresco eating and Neapolitan cuisine are a match made in heaven at this trattoria. We happily fail to resist the fresh handmade pastas while dining in style among lush greenery and rustic decor.
Limani in Midtown West
Did you know this Greek-Mediterranean seafood spot has an outdoor venue? You may not get to admire the beautiful marble decor or infinity pool on the inside just yet, but that won’t matter much when eating lobster pasta and deconstructed baklava at a table with your own individual heater!
Rule of Thirds in Greenpoint
What’s better than Japanese comfort food? Eating Japanese comfort food inside a heated private bungalow! Brooklyn’s Rule of Thirds has transformed its courtyard into a winter village, serving several multicourse meals (family-style, a duck feast, and a king crab extravaganza!).
East Harlem Bottling Co. in Harlem
Stay warm with a cold one in hand at this local spot, where blankets, black bean burgers, and beer-battered pickles are always close by.
R40 in Long Island City
This Argentine restaurant turns up the heat in its backyard oasis, and we’re not just talking about the seasonal seating arrangement. Bring someone special to share parrillada for two, which is essentially a mouthwatering plate of skirt steak short ribs, chicken thighs, chorizo, and sweetbreads.
Bottino in Chelsea
If you thought garden parties were reserved only for springtime, you haven’t been to Bottino’s tranquil outdoor dining space. Surrounded by greenery, the aroma of Tuscan cuisine, and the warmth of heat lamps, you may never want to leave.
Jungsik in Tribeca
Celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and milestones at this fine dining restaurant that has two Michelin stars to its name. The signature tasting menus will wow you—especially when eaten inside the cabana-inspired outdoor area.
Step away from your kitchen for a fresh farm-to-table meal at Cobble Hill’s Kitchen. Enjoy classic winter comfort foods like chicken soup and potato pancakes alongside quality heaters in a charming outdoor seating area.
Festivál on the Upper East Side
This café and bar is a local favorite for its morning-to-evening service of unique coffee blends, brunch and lunch bites, and top-notch cocktails. Now it’s also a seasonal favorite because guests get to enjoy all of that and more inside Festivál’s new private heated cabanas.
Baar Baar in the East Village
The only thing hotter than the heated outdoor seating at this chic Indian gastrobar is the spicy and savory menu available this season, which includes piquillo pepper bread, chili and peanut chutney, and sea bass smothered in Southern spices.
Kissaki Sushi on the Bowery
Baby, it’s cold outside. You won’t find that to be a problem at Kissaki Sushi—it has heated its outdoor space so you can stay cozy while feasting on a 13-course omakase and nigiri flights.
Kyma in Flatiron
The gorgeous outdoor garden is the perfect place to sip one of this Greek restaurant’s seasonal cocktails—the Ikaria Tea (Wyoming whiskey, chamomile tea, Grand Marnier, ginger, cinnamon, lemon, and honey) will warm your soul, while the heat lamps create the toastiest environment.
5 Burro Cafe in Forest Hills
Who said margaritas are solely warm-weather drinks? It’s summer every day at this Mexican restaurant and bar in Queens, whose outdoor area is completely covered and heated. The best part is the BYOB rule—bring your own blankets!