54 top Harlem restaurants offering outdoor dining

Fumo's outdoor seating expands onto the street.

The city just announced that outdoor dining will become a permanent part of the restaurant landscape—yes, even in the winter (expect to see a lot more tents and electric heaters).

Happily, practically every Harlem restaurant that can has opened or expanded its sidewalk seating and patio space since the push to reopen restaurants began in June.

To help you find them all, here's a running list of Harlem favorites with outdoor tables.

More are being added periodically, so keep checking back.

East Harlem


1651 Lexington Ave at E 104th St

American classics like burgers, ribs and roast chicken, plus wine and beer.


2051 Second Ave between E 105th and E 106th Sts

Thai comfort food with a light touch—in a spot that doubles as a vintage clothing store.

Bangklyn's vintage vibe extends to its outdoor seating.

East Harlem Bottling Co.

1711 Lexington Ave at E 107th St

Beer on tap paired with burgers, mac & cheese, and more.


251 E 110th S between Second and Third Aves

Intimate, elevated tapas restaurant helmed by chef Cedric Durand.


1280 Fifth Ave between E 110th and E 109th Sts

Chef Pierre Thiam's bright take on West African comfort food in a dreamy Fifth Avenue location facing Central Park.

The outdoor counter at West African spot Teranga. Photo: Teranga

Mountain Bird

2162 Second Ave at E 111th St

Playful French with an ambiance to match.

Amor Cubano

2018 Third Ave at E 111th St

Cuban sandwiches, mojitos and more—now served, appropriately, under a sunny sky.

La Chula NYC

137 E 116th St at Lexington Ave

The tortillas–prepared from scratch—are the perfect base for the flavorful Mexico City-style tacos.

Cassava House

2270 First Ave at 117th St

All-day breakfast, sandwiches and fresh-pressed juices that can be enjoyed on the spacious back patio.

Santiago's Beer Garden

2337 First Ave at 120th St

Dominican dishes and drinks in an oasis-like inner patio.

Central Harlem (south of 125th Street)


2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 113th St

Featuring a corner location, this Ethiopian newcomer has—count 'em—three outdoor seating areas.


300 W 114th St at Frederick Douglass Blvd

Famous for its chicken and waffles, with a buzzy outdoor space designed by architect David Rockwell.

Melba's outdoor seating designed by the Rockwell Group.

BLVD Bistro

2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 116th St

Elevated soul food made with heart.

Harlem Tavern

2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 116th St

Burgers, wings and more on what is possibly Harlem's largest outdoor patio.

Lolo's Seafood Shack

303 W 116th St between Frederick Douglass Blvd and Manhattan Ave

Island-style seafood and barbecue with cheerful tropical vibes to match.


2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 117th St

Chef Serena Bass' deeply popular Italian.

Le Petit Parisien

151 Malcolm X Blvd between W 117th and W 118th Sts

A French sandwich shop that's a little obsessed with getting its baguettes just right.

Harlem Burger Co.

2190 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 118th St

Flavorful burgers, chicken sandos, hot dogs and more.


2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 119th St

Chic spot serving Spanish- and Italian-influenced plates.

Vinateria is on a section of Frederick Douglass Boulevard that's now traffic-free on the weekends.

La Diagonal

185 St. Nicholas Ave and W 119th St

Tacos and handcrafted cocktails with a focus on tequila and mezcal.

Archer & Goat

187 Lenox Ave between W 119th and W 120th Sts

A modern menu fusing Latin American and Bangladeshi influences. Sit in the garden, front patio or new sidewalk seating.


196 Malcolm X Blvd at W 120th St

Italian favorites and baked goods, plus cocktails.

Sottocasa Harlem

227 Malcolm X Blvd between W 121st and W 122nd Sts

Slinging one of Harlem's best pies, featuring a supersoft, chewy crust.


553 Manhattan Ave at W 123rd St

New American with top wines.


274 Lenox Ave between W 123rd and W 124th St

Stylish front and back outdoor spaces serving modern Indian fusion.

Harlem Shake

100 W 124th St at Lenox Ave

Always-fun burger-and-shake spot—plus froséwith a retro vibe.

Central Harlem (north of 125th Street)

Red Rooster's tented sidewalk patio.

Red Rooster

310 Lenox Ave between W 125th and W 126th Sts

Marcus Samuelsson's world-famous tribute to Harlem has reopened with a "bigger and better" patio on Lenox, complete with tented seating.

Corner Social

321 Lenox Ave at 126th St

Crowd-pleasing dishes, frozen drinks and even live DJ sets (keep tabs via Instagram)—all on the expansive sidewalk patio.


331 Lenox Ave between W 126th and W 127th Sts

Bubbling pizzas straight out of a wood-burning oven.


328 Lenox Ave between W 126th and W 127th Sts

Famous soul food destination popular with locals and tourists alike.

Maison Harlem

341 St. Nicholas Ave and W 127th St

Très French fare with a bohemian touch, now with expanded outdoor seating out front.

Maison Harlem's outdoor seating now includes a large tent in front.


350 Lenox Ave between W 127th and W 128th Sts

Make a reservation on the website to enjoy sushi on the sidewalk patio.


2245 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd and W 132nd St

American, French and African influences combine at this quiet, plant-filled corner.


2269 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 133rd and W 134th Sts

Lively French bistro decorated with colorful bric-a-brac.

Ponty Bistro

2375 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd at 139th St

Creative French meets West African.

The Edge

101 Edgecombe Ave at 139th St

Beloved neighborhood destination run by two sisters, reflecting their British and Jamaican heritage.

The Edge's leafy outdoor seating.

Morningside Heights (above 120th Street)


1239 Amsterdam Ave at 121st St

A neighborhood favorite that excels at Ethiopian.

Bar 314

1260 Amsterdam Ave at W 122nd St

Babbalucci's sister restaurant with mouth-watering pizzas and more.

Max Soha

1274 Amsterdam Ave and W 123rd St

Fresh pastas and affordable wines on a small wraparound deck.


125 La Salle St between Broadway and Claremont Ave

Bright Italian trattoria with a tiered deck on a quiet side street.

The Craftsman

3155 Broadway between La Salle St and Tiemann Pl

Smoothies, sandwiches, and cocktails, with live music on the weekends.


Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

700 W 125th St at 12th Avenue

Destination barbecue a block from the river.

Baylander Steel Beach

Baylander ship, West Harlem Piers at 125th St

New waterfront spot—it's on a decommissioned U.S. Navy ship—serving burgers, fish and chips, and cocktails.

Hamilton Heights


1600 Amsterdam Ave at W 139th St

Deeply satisfying bowls of pasta, pizza and more in a sunny setting.

The Grange's outdoor seating extends onto the street.


1618 Amsterdam at 140th St

The place for fresh tacos and standout margaritas.


3452 Broadway at 141st St

Oysters, ramen and craft cocktails.

The Grange

1635 Amsterdam Ave at W 141st St

Elevated farm-to-table dining with live jazz on Sundays.

Lyn-Genet's Kitchen

3473 Broadway between W 141st and W 142nd Sts

Health-minded comfort food and freshly-made cocktails.

Hogshead Tavern

126 Hamilton Pl between W 142nd and W 143rd Sts

Craft beer and cocktails with appealing pub food.

Hogshead Tavern's colorful sidewalk seating

Anchor Wine Bar

3508 Broadway between W 143rd and W 144th Sts

An impressive Italian menu with great wine to match.


142 Hamilton Pl between W 143rd and W 144th Sts

Northern Italian paired with thoughtfully chosen wine–all facing an oasis-like public plaza.

Tsion Cafe

763 St. Nicholas Ave between W 148th and 149th Sts

Ethiopian-meets-Mediterranean with a down-to-earth vibe.

Harlem Public

3612 Broadway at 149th St

Standout fried chicken sandwiches and burgers, including the Parmesan-crusted.

Bono Trattoria

3658 Broadway at W 151st St

Crackling brick-oven pizzas and pasta on a sunny corner.

For daily updates, follow The Curious Uptowner on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter


A Curated guide to life in Harlem And beyond
  • Black Pinterest Icon
  • Black Twitter Icon
  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon
  • Pinterest - Grey Circle
  • Twitter - Grey Circle
  • White Facebook Icon
  • White Instagram Icon

© 2020 by The Curious Uptowner