Restaurants with Outdoor Seating: A Trend and a Necessity

Technically, the holidays are the best time of year, but I’m pretty apathetic when it comes to making a list of the best restaurants with outdoor seating in New York City. Here are a few of my favorite places to stay out in New York during the holiday season, both in the city and around the world.

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Forget parking and heating, outside Kotatsu tables are heating up Hokkaido’s newest Chinatown theme. This leafy backyard Prospect Heights favorite is charming all year round, but with its warm infrared heating and autumnal-inspired fare, it’s an autumnal must.

If that’s not comfortable enough and life is short, you can lean on the remote controls that the customer can set, or on the plaid blankets and the chevron – plaid blankets, because life is short. In the back garden of this stylish Thai restaurant, you can just lie back and dream of footcushions and woven carpet in the cosy outdoor dining room.


If the spicy Bangkok-style Bowery food doesn’t warm you indoors, the outdoor heating helps. The leaves – covered tent and electric heating ensure that the food cools down only after the meal.


Traveling is not an option for you at the moment, but you can get a cabin vibe at this outdoor dining spot in New York City. Pack yourself into bubbling fondue and you’ll have a “mountain-ski-hut atmosphere.”

The semi-covered pergola is covered with seasonal foliage provided by florist Elisabeth Santana, and the entire outdoor area is heated to ensure the pasta never gets cold. The private cabin is meant to be a summer luxury, but in autumn the garden and café just outside the Italian capital will literally turn over a new leaf.

Treat yourself to a very cozy autumn night at this striped bungalow in the heart of New York City’s East Village overlooking the Hudson River.


This classic by Keith McNally is a perennial outdoor favorite, but you don’t have to have it just because of the plummeting temperatures. Leave it to Shuko’s team to make this one of the best outdoor dining experiences in New York. French plate served with a generous portion of fresh herbs and spices, and you’ll spend less time trembling and more time warming up in this traditionally nondescript space while people watch from the cobbled streets.

2020 made us resort to restaurants with outdoor seating due in order to stay healthy. Looks like 2021 would be pretty much the same, but outdoor seating is already a trend! They would surely be a part of the best!

Many of them are excellent for a pre-show dinner before a Broadway show!