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.
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
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, now with seating both indoors and on the small terrace.
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.
2162 Second Ave at E 111th St
Playful French with an ambiance to match—now with sidewalk seating in four private greenhouses.
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.
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)
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
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.
2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 117th St
Deeply popular Italian menu 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.
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
A modern menu fusing Latin American and Bangladeshi influences. Sit in the garden, front patio or new sidewalk seating.
196 Lenox Ave at W 120th St
Italian favorites and baked goods, plus cocktails.
200 Lenox Ave at W 120th St
A relaxed corner spot for indulging in French wine and food (don't miss the fries).
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.
274 Lenox Ave between W 123rd and W 124th St
Inviting front and back outdoor spaces serving modern Indian fusion.
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.
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.
341 St. Nicholas Ave and W 127th St
Très French fare with a bohemian touch, now with expanded outdoor seating out 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.
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.
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.
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 bustling 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.
1635 Amsterdam Ave at W 141st St
Elevated farm-to-table dining on a covered deck, now with sidewalk heaters.
3473 Broadway between W 141st and W 142nd Sts
Health-minded comfort food—a lot of it vegan—and freshly-made cocktails.
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.
126 Hamilton Pl between W 142nd and W 143rd Sts
Craft beer and cocktails with appealing pub food.
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.
763 St. Nicholas Ave between W 148th and 149th Sts
Ethiopian-meets-Mediterranean with a down-to-earth vibe.
3612 Broadway at 149th St
Mouthwatering fried chicken sandwiches and burgers, including the Parmesan-crusted.
3658 Broadway at W 151st St
Crackling brick-oven pizzas and pasta on a sunny corner.