45 top Harlem restaurants offering outdoor dining

Updated: Feb 14


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

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.


East Harlem


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—all on the "pergola," complete with heaters and blankets.


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.



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.


Melba's outdoor seating was 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 in the heated backyard cabana.


Bixi

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.


Lido

2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 117th St

Deeply popular Italian fare 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, now featuring a plethora of outdoor dining options: heated dining pods, greenhouses and regular open-air seating.


Vinateria has a variety of outdoor dining options.


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 heated backyard patio.


Settepani

196 Lenox Ave at W 120th St

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


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.


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.


Cantina🔥

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

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


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 in heated outdoor dining cabins.


One of Maison Harlem's two 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 is now open during the day as it previews its new next-door cafe, Ink Harlem, on the covered 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 new outdoor "parklet."


The Row Harlem's colorful new "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.



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.


Pisticci's festive outdoor dining setup.

The Craftsman🔥

3155 Broadway between La Salle St and Tiemann Pl

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


Jin Ramen🔥

3183 Broadway and W 125th St

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



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 sunny 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.



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.


The Chick Inn🔥

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.


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.


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.


Harlem Public shares its outdoor seating area with sister spot At the Wallace.

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