55 Top Harlem Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining

Updated: Sep 16


top Harlem restaurants offering outdoor dining
Harlem Shake's covered sidewalk patio on Lenox Avenue.

Outdoor dining is now 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.


To help you stay current with this ever-evolving scene—from simple sheds to dazzling cabanas—here's a running list of top Harlem restaurants with outdoor seating.


East Harlem


Alison

1651 Lexington Ave at E 104th St

New American bistro serving burgers, roast chicken and oysters, plus craft beer and wine.


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, sandwiches, salads and more—all available on the spacious pergola.


Teranga

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

Enjoy chef Pierre Thiam's bright take on West African comfort food on the Fifth Avenue sidewalk patio, offering views of Central Park.


Amor Cubano

2018 Third Ave at E 111th St

Cuban sandwiches, mojitos, and other island classics—with a mural of Celia Cruz looking on.


Amuse Bouche Bistro

1590 Park Ave and E 115th St

A charming French bistro—if the buckwheat galette is on the weekend menu, get it—in East Harlem's historic La Marqueta.



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.



Central Harlem (south of 125th Street)


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.


42 top Harlem restaurants offering outdoor dining
Melba's outdoor seating was designed by the Rockwell Group.

Row House

2128 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 115th St

After a short winter hibernation, Row House reopened with a fresh, new look.


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 might be 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 in the backyard cabana.


Bixi

2164 Frederick Douglass Blvd between 116th and 117th Sts

The Lido team's latest venture is a jewel-like space featuring cocktails matched with a pan-Asian menu. Yes, there's a backyard patio.


Lido

2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 117th St

Deeply popular Italian with a menu by chef Serena Bass.


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

Modern spot fusing Latin American and Bangladeshi influences. Check out the hidden backyard patio.


Settepani

196 Lenox Ave at W 120th St

Italian favorites and creative desserts, plus cocktails—served on a historic stretch of Lenox Avenue.


Barawine's corner space.

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

The modern Indian menu, much of it plant-based, now also available in the greenhouses out front.


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 restaurant in Harlem has a tented sidewalk patio.
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 includes a spacious patio on Lenox Avenue, complete with tented seating.


Sylvia's

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

Harlem's famous soul food destination is popular with locals and tourists alike.


Cantina

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

Mix-and-match tacos plus customizable margaritas, now on the sidewalk cabana.


Babbalucci

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

Bubbling pizzas straight out of a wood-burning oven.


Maison Harlem

341 St. Nicholas Ave and W 127th St

Très French fare along the sidewalk and in outdoor dining cabins.


Yuzu

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

Enjoy sushi, tempura and more on the lantern-lined sidewalk patio.


Renaissance

2245 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd and W 132nd St

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


Yatenga

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

Lively French bistro with flavorful dishes and an Afro-bohemian vibe.


Belle Harlem

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

Harlem's first chef's table now has a lot more room thanks to its front patio.


The Row Harlem

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 outdoor "parklet."


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. Check out the shaded pergola.


The Edge now has a covered pergola.


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

Warm Italian trattoria on a residential street off Broadway.


42 top Harlem restaurants offering outdoor dining
Pisticci's festive outdoor dining setup.

The Craftsman

3155 Broadway between La Salle St and Tiemann Pl

Fresh smoothies, sandwiches, and cocktails with a twist.


Jin Ramen

3183 Broadway and W 125th St

Twenty-plus varieties of ramen, plus soul-warming Japanese rice bowls.



Manhattanville


Pair you meal at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que with terrific views of the Riverside Viaduct.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

700 W 125th St at 12th Avenue

Destination barbecue only a block from the river.


Baylander Steel Beach

Baylander ship, West Harlem Piers at 125th St

This waterfront destination—it's on a decommissioned U.S. Navy ship—is back open for the season serving burgers, fish and chips, and plenty of summery cocktails.



Hamilton Heights


Fumo

1600 Amsterdam Ave at W 139th St

Deeply satisfying bowls of pasta, pizza and more facing City College's neo-Gothic campus.


Oso

1618 Amsterdam at 140th St

The place for fresh tacos and standout margaritas.


The Grange

1635 Amsterdam Ave at W 141st St

Elevated farm-to-table dining on a covered deck, now with a revamped menu.


ROKC

3452 Broadway at 141st St

Oysters, ramen and dazzling craft cocktails under twinkling lights.


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.


top Harlem restaurants offering outdoor dining
The Chick Inn's sunny front greenhouse.

The Chick Inn

3508 Broadway between W 143rd and W 144th Sts

Chicken—rotisserie-style, fried and served in a sandwich, buffalo wings and more—is the star at this newcomer from the Fumo team.


L'Artista

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

Northern Italian paired with thoughtfully chosen wine, facing the charming Johnny Hartman 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

Mouthwatering fried chicken sandwiches and burgers, including the Parmesan-crusted. Harlem Public shares its outdoor seating area with sister spot At the Wallace.


Top Harlem restaurants offering outdoor dining
Harlem Public shares its outdoor seating area with sister spot At the Wallace.

Bono Trattoria

3658 Broadway at W 151st St

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


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