Outdoor dining has become a permanent part of the restaurant landscape, and practically every Harlem restaurant that can has opened or expanded onto the sidewalk—and even the street.
As temperatures have dipped, many spots have added vinyl curtains, heat lamps and, in some cases, individual greenhouses.
To help you stay current with this ever-shifting dining landscape, here's a running list of top Harlem restaurants with outdoor seating (🔥 denotes outdoor heating of some kind).
As always, check directly with the business before heading out—plans can, and do, change quickly.
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
1711 Lexington Ave at E 107th St
Beer on tap paired with burgers, mac & cheese, and more—all on the "pergola," complete with heaters and blankets.
2018 Third Ave at E 111th St
Cuban sandwiches, mojitos and more—with a mural of Celia Cruz looking on.
137 E 116th St at Lexington Ave
The tortillas–prepared from scratch—are the perfect base for the flavorful Mexico City-style tacos.
2270 First Ave at 117th St
All-day breakfast, sandwiches and fresh-pressed juices that can be enjoyed on the spacious—and peaceful—backyard.
Central Harlem (south of 125th Street)
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.
2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 116th St
Elevated soul food—including fresh biscuits—made with heart.
2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 116th St
Burgers, wings and more on what is possibly Harlem's largest outdoor patio.
303 W 116th St between Frederick Douglass Blvd and Manhattan Ave
Island-style seafood and barbecue with cheerful tropical vibes in the heated backyard cabana.
2164 Frederick Douglass Blvd between 116th and 117th Sts
The Lido team's newest venture is a jewel-like space featuring a pan-Asian menu from executive chef Serena Bass.
2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 117th St
Deeply popular Italian fare by Chef Serena Bass.
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.
2190 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 118th St
Tasty burgers, chicken sandos, hot dogs and more.
2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 119th St
Chic spot serving Spanish- and Italian-influenced plates, now featuring a plethora of outdoor dining options: heated dining pods, greenhouses and regular open-air seating.
185 St. Nicholas Ave and W 119th St
Tacos and handcrafted cocktails with a focus on tequila and mezcal.
187 Lenox Ave between W 119th and W 120th Sts
Modern spot fusing Latin American and Bangladeshi influences. Check out the heated backyard patio.
196 Lenox Ave at W 120th St
Italian favorites and baked goods, plus cocktails—served on a historic stretch of Lenox Avenue.
227 Lenox Ave 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
Stylish New American with top wines.
100 W 124th St at Lenox Ave
Always-fun burger-and-shake spot—plus frosé—with a retro vibe.
Central Harlem (north of 125th Street)
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.
329 Lenox Ave between W 126th and W 127th Sts
Mix-and-match tacos plus customizable margaritas, now on the covered sidewalk patio.
331 Lenox Ave between W 126th and W 127th Sts
Bubbling pizzas straight out of a wood-burning oven.
341 St. Nicholas Ave and W 127th St
Très French fare in heated outdoor dining cabins.
350 Lenox Ave between W 127th and W 128th Sts
Enjoy sushi, tempura and more on the lantern-lined sidewalk patio.
2245 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd and W 132nd St
American, French and African influences combine at this plant-filled corner.
2269 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 133rd and W 134th Sts
Lively French bistro with flavorful dishes and an Afro-bohemian vibe.
2363 Adam Clayton Powell Jr between W 138th and W 139th Sts
Harlem's first chef's table is now open during the day as it previews its new next-door cafe, Ink Harlem, on the covered patio.
2374 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 138th and W 139th Sts
Sample the popular lobster truffle mac and cheese, cocktails and more in the new outdoor "parklet."
2375 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd at 139th St
Creative French meets West African on a sunny Harlem corner.
101 Edgecombe Ave at 139th St
Beloved neighborhood destination run by two sisters, reflecting their British and Jamaican heritage.
Morningside Heights (above 120th Street)
1239 Amsterdam Ave at 121st St
A neighborhood favorite excelling at Ethiopian.
1260 Amsterdam Ave at W 122nd St
Babbalucci's sister restaurant with mouth-watering pizzas and more.
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
Reliable Italian trattoria with a sky-blue tiered deck on a residential street.
3155 Broadway between La Salle St and Tiemann Pl
Smoothies, sandwiches, and cocktails, with live music on the weekends.
3183 Broadway and W 125th St
Twenty-plus varieties of ramen, plus soul-warming Japanese rice bowls.
700 W 125th St at 12th Avenue
Destination barbecue a block from the river.
1600 Amsterdam Ave at W 139th St
Deeply satisfying bowls of pasta, pizza and more on a sunny corner.
1618 Amsterdam at 140th St
The place for fresh tacos and standout margaritas.
3452 Broadway at 141st St
Oysters, ramen and dazzling craft cocktails under twinkling lights.
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.
3508 Broadway between W 143rd and W 144th Sts
Chicken—rotisserie-style, fried and served in a sandwich, buffalo wings—is the star at this new restaurant from the Fumo team.
142 Hamilton Pl between W 143rd and W 144th Sts
Northern Italian paired with thoughtfully chosen wine, facing the charming Johnny Hartman plaza.
3612 Broadway at 149th St
Mouthwatering fried chicken sandwiches and burgers, including the Parmesan-crusted. Harlem Public shares its outdoor seating area with sister spot At the Wallace.