While indoor dining is still permitted across Long Island, patrons' hesitancy to dine inside has restaurants getting creative with their outdoor dining options. From heaters and fire pits to mini greenhouses and igloos, these family-friendly local eateries are thinking outside of the box!
While these safer outdoor dining options come with perks like fairy lights, Bluetooth speakers, plush seating, and more, they also come at a hefty price in most cases and might be best saved for a special occasion. Plan in advance, too, as reservations are generally required and must be booked by calling ahead, rather than using an online portal.
A few outdoor dining etiquette tips to keep in mind: Restaurant seating must be arranged in a socially distant manner, with at least six feet between tables unless physical barriers are used. Employees must wear masks at all times, while patrons ages 2 and older must wear masks anytime they are not seated at their tables. You may be given single-use menus or asked to pay with a credit card to minimize contact, too.