55 top Harlem restaurants offering outdoor dining

Updated: 2 days ago


The Grange is ready for colder weather.

Now that outdoor dining has become a permanent part of the restaurant landscape, practically every Harlem restaurant that can has opened or expanded onto the sidewalk—and even the street.


As temperatures have started to dip in the evenings, many have added vinyl curtains, heat lamps and, in some cases, individual greenhouses (see East Harlem's Mountain Bird).


To help you get acquainted with this still-shifting dining landscape, here's a running list of top Harlem restaurants with outdoor seating.


East Harlem


Alison

1651 Lexington Ave at E 104th St

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


Bangklyn

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


East Harlem Bottling Co.

1711 Lexington Ave at E 107th St

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


Gaudir

251 E 110th S between Second and Third Aves

Intimate, elevated tapas restaurant helmed by chef Cedric Durand, now with seating both indoors and on the small terrace.


Teranga

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.



Mountain Bird

2162 Second Ave at E 111th St

Playful French with an ambiance to match—now with sidewalk seating in four private greenhouses.


Amor Cubano

2018 Third Ave at E 111th St

Cuban sandwiches, mojitos and more—with a mural of Celia Cruz looking on.


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—and peaceful—backyard.


Santiago's Beer Garden

2337 First Ave at 120th St

The oasis-like inner patio is the draw at this casual Dominican spot.



Central Harlem (south of 125th Street)


Lalibela

2084 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 113th St

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


Melba's

300 W 114th St at Frederick Douglass Blvd

Chicken and waffles served with strawberry butter (to name just one famous dish) served in 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—including fresh biscuits—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.


Lido

2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 117th St

Deeply popular Italian menu by Chef Serena Bass.


Le Petit Parisien

151 Lenox Ave 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

Tasty burgers, chicken sandos, hot dogs and more.


Vinateria

2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 119th St

Chic spot serving Spanish- and Italian-influenced plates.


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.


Settepani

196 Lenox Ave at W 120th St

Italian favorites and baked goods, plus cocktails.


Barawine

200 Lenox Ave at W 120th St

A relaxed corner spot for indulging in French wine and food (don't miss the fries).


Sottocasa Harlem

227 Lenox Ave between W 121st and W 122nd Sts

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



Clay

553 Manhattan Ave at W 123rd St

Stylish New American with top wines.


Chaiwali

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

Inviting 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 has a 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.


Babbalucci

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

Bubbling pizzas straight out of a wood-burning oven.


Sylvia's

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.

Yuzu

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

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


Renaissance

2245 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd and W 132nd St

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


Yatenga

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

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


Belle Harlem

2363 Adam Clayton Powell Jr between W 138th and W 139th Sts

Harlem's first chef's table has a new covered patio with 24 seats. Now also open for breakfast and lunch as it previews its new next-door cafe, Ink Harlem.


Belle's front patio is now open during the day as it previews the menu of its new coffee shop, Ink Harlem.

Ponty Bistro

2375 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd at 139th St

Creative French meets West African on a sunny Harlem corner.


The Edge

101 Edgecombe Ave at 139th St

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



Morningside Heights (above 120th Street)


Massawa

1239 Amsterdam Ave at 121st St

A neighborhood favorite excelling 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.


Pisticci

125 La Salle St between Broadway and Claremont Ave

Reliable Italian trattoria with a sky-blue tiered deck on a residential street.


The Craftsman

3155 Broadway between La Salle St and Tiemann Pl

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



Manhattanville


Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

700 W 125th St at 12th Avenue

Destination barbecue a block from the river.



Hamilton Heights


Fumo

1600 Amsterdam Ave at W 139th St

Deeply satisfying bowls of pasta, pizza and more on a bustling corner.



Oso

1618 Amsterdam at 140th St

The place for fresh tacos and standout margaritas.


ROKC

3452 Broadway at 141st St

Oysters, ramen and dazzling craft cocktails under twinkling lights.


The Grange

1635 Amsterdam Ave at W 141st St

Elevated farm-to-table dining on a covered deck, now with sidewalk heaters.


Lyn-Genet's Kitchen

3473 Broadway between W 141st and W 142nd Sts

Health-minded comfort food—a lot of it vegan—and freshly-made cocktails.


Hamilton Hall

3489 Broadway between W 142nd and W 143rd Sts

Elevated weekend brunch—think eggs Benedict with Irish back bacon—plus an extensive craft beer menu.



Hogshead Tavern

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

Craft beer and cocktails with appealing pub food.


L'Artista

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

Northern Italian paired with thoughtfully chosen wine, with outdoor seating both in front and in the back patio.


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

Mouthwatering 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.


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