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.
Dagon on the Upper West Side
In the mood for a taste of modern Israeli cuisine? Start with Dagon’s tahini whipped eggplant, then quickly follow it up with the harissa barbecued chicken. And a meal from this Mediterranean spot is incomplete without ordering its Passion Fruit Sabrina sponge cake.
Lola Taverna in SoHo
Have a taste of Greek island cuisine! Lola Taverna’s Monday Supper menu boasts spanakopita spring rolls, grilled octopus, and lamb ragu moussaka.
Balthazar in SoHo
Your favorite French fare is back! We’re making reservations at Balthazar, which reopens for indoor and outdoor dinner service this week.
Concord Hill in Williamsburg
This St. Patrick’s Day you don’t have to be Irish to enjoy a hearty lamb-stuffed savoy cabbage dinner from Concord Hill.
Tribeca’s Kitchen in Tribeca
Make your reservations early to dine in this neighborhood favorite’s remodeled trilevel interior space, where you absolutely must try the Maine scallop crudo, accompanied by the Part Time Model cocktail (guava and rose water–hinted vodka). Also available for outdoor dining and delivery.
Westlight in Greenpoint
Get ready for the coziest dinner you’ve ever experienced inside Westlight’s gorgeous chalets. The William Vale rooftop restaurant’s seasonal pop-up is the place to be for a winter escape—or a juicy burger (topped with a killer secret schmear!).
Katana Kitten in Greenwich Village
Sip toki highballs and Sapporo boilermakers inside cozy candlelit tents at this trendy Japanese-American bar.
Taproom No. 307 in Kips Bay
Choose from more than 40 brews on tap—or enjoy a self-guided craft beer experience—at this cool gastropub.
Playa Betty’s on the Upper West Side
Pretend it’s summer in the middle of a New York City winter. West Coasts meets East Coast at this California-style restaurant, where the beach food is totally tubular (and tasty!).
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.
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).
This Sunday find out if Tom Brady wins his seventh Super Bowl at the Rockaway Hotel’s bungalow suite viewing experience.
Eataly in Flatiron
Want to wine and dine under the stars? Reserve tickets to Eataly’s woodland open-air rooftop for a special multicourse dinner and wine pairing, led by top connoisseurs.
Pastis in the Meatpacking District
Brunch lovers won’t let cold or snowy weather get in the way of their longstanding dining and drinking traditions, so neither will Pastis! The Keith McNally and Stephen Starr restaurant will continue serving fantastic French fare in its well-lit and incredibly warm outdoor area.
American Bar in the West Village
Mondays are for (multiple) martinis. The worst day of the week isn’t so bad when you can enjoy a special menu of cocktails and comfort food from this popular bistro.
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 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.
Vineapple Cafe in Brooklyn Heights
Dine beneath this neighborhood cafe’s enchanting tent, pitched directly beside a colorful grafitti mural. The outdoor space is heated for your comfort and lined with enchanting fairy lights—we can’t imagine a better spot to sip frozen vodka mint lemonades!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Lilly’s Cocktail and Wine on the Upper West Side
Make Lilly’s your new after-work drink spot, no matter how chilly it is outside! The open-air cottage set-up creates the perfect environment to drink seasonal cocktails, like the Curtain Call (aperol, gin, lemon juice, and egg whites). The outdoor heaters will keep you cozy, but so will a few spoonfuls of this wine bar’s hearty French Onion soup.
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.
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!