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21 Outdoor Restaurants Opening In NYC This Week

By New York Bucket List

Phase Two begins in NYC on Monday, June 22, allowing for outdoor dining.


Published June 22, 2020

As the New York weather turns and we migrate back outside, we make another transition into the long awaited Phase Two. Among the Phase Two reopenings are in-store retail, salons and barbershops, offices, and *drumroll, please* outdoor dining. Dining may look slightly different than what we’re used to. However, we’re welcoming any sort of dining these days that doesn’t include views of our apartment’s flex wall and 32” TV. Some safety measures include tables no closer than 6 feet apart, groups limited to 10 people, individually packaged condiments, paper-disposable menus and pre-packaged silverware.

To celebrate the dining scene's soft reopening and get us in the spirit to start drinking spirits (With people! Outside! In public!), we’ve curated a list of 20 restaurants throughout NYC that offer outdoor seating.

TL;DR: Wear your mask. Wash your hands. And enjoy a meal beyond the confines of your 500 square foot apartment.  

Boucherie 

 
 
 
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West Village

We may not be able to travel to Paris (quelle horreur, we know), but we can dine at Boucherie which is quite possibly the next best thing. The chérie on top? Along with outdoor seating, they’ve set up dividers between each table for a private and safe environment – santé!

Outdoor setting: Sidewalk seating
Opening date: June 22
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Cookshop 

 
 
 
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Chelsea

This Chelsea hotspot is home to a vast outdoor seating situation. Walk the High Line then line up under Cookshop’s jade umbrellas for a classic brunch or lunch with friends.

Outdoor setting: Sidewalk Seating
Opening date: June 22
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Wayla

 
 
 
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Lower East Side

It’s thai time in Wayla’s hidden back patio. Tables are always highly sought after at this LES gem so be sure to make a reservation in advance.

Outdoor setting: Back patio
Opening date: June 22
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Frying Pan

 
 
 
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Chelsea

Views of the Hudson whilst – quite literally – on the Hudson? It doesn’t get much better than that. And by that we mean Frying Pan, the Lightship docked at Pier 66.

Outdoor setting: It’s a boat – now use your imagination.
Opening date: June 22
For more information.

 

Bluestone Lane Coffee 

 
 
 
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Upper East Side

Even the New Yorkers who avoid traversing above 14th Street may find themselves frequenting Central Park these days. The perfect pair to your morning park stroll? A patio sesh under one of Bluestone Lane’s fittingly blue umbrellas – coffee and pastries in hand, of course.

Outdoor setting: Sidewalk seating
Opening date: June 22
For more information.

 

Industry Kitchen

 
 
 
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Financial District

Palms and patios might be our favorite post-quarantine duo. Industry Kitchen happens to have both. Grab a pizza and a cocktail, and soak up that long overdue waterfront sunshine.

Outdoor setting: Front patio
Opening date: June 22
For more information.

 

Jue Lan Restaurant

 
 
 
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Flatiron

Adorned with millennial pink umbrellas and twinkling string lights, Jue Lan Restaurant’s glitzy outdoor courtyard is only half of its appeal – albeit a very strong appeal. Even more alluring? Jue Lan’s elevated Chinese fare and elaborate cocktails (frosé included).

Outdoor setting: Front Courtyard
Opening date: June 22
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Oxomoco 

 
 
 
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Greenpoint

Need a casual cool spot to take that Hinge date you’ve been FaceTiming for two months? Look no further than Oxomoco, a hip taco joint with an airy adjacent patio. Cheers some mezcal cocktails, show them photos of your quarantine banana bread and discuss what you’re doing to fight social injustice.  

Outdoor setting: Front Patio
Opening date: TBD; Available for take-out and delivery
For more information.

 

Ammazzacaffe

 
 
 
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Williamsburg

You may not remember how to spell Ammazzacaffe but you won’t be able to forget how ammazzing the ambiance is here. Once perfect for large groups, Ammazacaffe is now perfect for groups up to 10. It’s quality over quantity when choosing your pod but quality and quantity when it comes to Ammazzacaffe’s Italian dishes.

Outdoor setting: Backyard
Opening date: June 23
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Maiella

 
 
 
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Long Island City

We all know of the infamous Pepsi-Cola sign along the East River. What you may not know, however, is the sophisticated waterfront Italian resto tucked behind it. And with a sweeping front patio, no less. Pro Tip: Order the truffle gnocchi and never look back.

Outdoor setting: Front patio
Opening date: June 23
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Aurora

 
 
 
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Williamsburg

Let Aurora transport you to Tuscany with their green coveted garden and rustic Italian cuisine. We could spend an entire morning, afternoon and/or evening in this setting. What we’re saying is we would like to sign a lease and move in pronto. 

Outdoor setting: Back patio
Opening date: June 22
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Olio e Più 

 
 
 
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West Village

NYC – meet Naples. Olio e Più is almost synonymous with outdoor seating, as you can’t pass this traditional Italian trattoria without noticing its enticingly inviting sidewalk seating area. One look at a spritz-sipping patron and we promise you’ll be online making a reservation.

Outdoor setting: Sidewalk Seating
Opening date: June 22
For more information.

 

Sant Ambroeus

 
 
 
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SoHo | West Village | Southampton

Is it possible to be physically attracted to a restaurant? With its coral-tinged accents and mid-century modern decor, Sant Ambroeus has outposts across the city offering delightful food, wine and outdoor seating to match.

Outdoor setting: Sidewalk Seating
Opening date: June 22
For more information.

 

Bar Pitti

 
 
 
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Greenwich Village

Can we have a moment of silence for true perfection on a plate? As if you need any convincing beyond this Pappardelle alla Fiesolana to walk run to Bar Pitti, we have two words: front patio. 

Outdoor setting: Sidewalk Seating
Opening date: June 22
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Grand Banks

 
 
 
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Pier 25

This summertime staple got a head start on outdoor dining pre-Phase 2 with their pier-lined two-person tables. While guests may not be allowed on the boat just yet, Grand Banks is doing reservation-only dining for a day out on sea – or rather next to sea. Oysters and lobster rolls included, at a slightly steep price.

Outdoor setting: Tables along Pier 25
Opening date: June 17
For more information.

 

Aliada Restaurant 

 
 
 
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Queens

Authentic Greek cuisine on a sidewalk garden is exactly what we’ve been waiting three months for. You can catch us cheersing ouzo all night long at Aliada.

Outdoor setting: Sidewalk Seating
Opening date: June 22
For more information.

 

Loreley Beer Garden

 
 
 
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Nolita

Get ready to próst German brews on Loreley’s lively outdoor patio. With everything from bratwurst to schnitzel, it’s shocking you don’t need a passport to be let in.
Outdoor setting: Back patio
Opening date: June 22
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LoLo’s Seafood Shack

 
 
 
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Harlem

Though this casual seafood joint has yet to officially announce their reopening, we’re anxiously awaiting the day we can dine on LoLo’s caribbean fare. And by dine, we mean order several carafes of their rum punch.

Outdoor setting: Backyard
Opening date: TBD; Available for take-out and delivery
For more information.

 

Uva Wine Bar & Restaurant

 
 
 
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Upper East Side

Cozy and rustic with a back garden and flowing bottles of wine – why yes, we are in fact describing our dream home. We’re also describing Uva, an outdoor oasis with all of the above.

Outdoor setting: Sidewalk Seating and Back Patio
Opening date: June 22
For more information.

 

Merchants River House

Battery Park

New Yorkers seldom (read: never) make the trek to the Statue of Liberty. However, we love a good ol’ fashioned view of it – with say, an Old Fashioned in hand. Enter Merchants River House, offering said views and cocktails, along with ample outdoor seating.

Outdoor setting: Front Patio
Opening date: June 24
For more information.

 

Souvlaki GR

 
 
 
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Lower East Side

Make your way to the Mediterranean without crossing international waters. This LES gem is straight out of a Santorini storybook, with traditional Greek wine and cuisine. The outdoor space is small with space for only a few tables, but isn’t that sort of the point of all this anyway? Keep your distance and stay safe folks.

Outdoor setting: Front Patio
Opening date: June 22
For more information.


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