New Yorkers have proven their hardiness time and again in the year and a half since the pandemic struck, altering nearly every aspect of city living, but perhaps nowhere is that hardiness more clearly on display than when it comes to eating out. These local restaurants have weathered the storm (literally and figuratively) with their creative, heated outdoor dining setups, and New Yorkers have shown up day and night, in snow, rain, and under sunny skies to enjoy a night out, literally.
Though indoor dining is back on for vaccinated patrons, these outdoor dining setups are sticking around, getting New Yorkers through the changing seasons with a restaurant-quality meal, cool ambiance, and a tale for the ages—not to mention safety and comfort.
You can find more great spots in our Family-Friendly Restaurant Guide, and remember, these venues have faced a pandemic roller-coaster, so tip generously. If you prefer to stay in, consider ordering takeout or delivery from a local restaurant.