Winter is coming, 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 favorite spots across the boroughs are hunkering down and heating things up with a few updates to their outdoor spaces.
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.
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.
Dirt Candy on the Lower East Side
Seating on an outdoor patio? In November? 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.
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.
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 beside quality heaters in a charming outdoor seating area.
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.
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.
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 heating lamps create the toastiest environment.
5 Burro Cafe in Forest Hills
Who said margaritas are solely summer 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!
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.