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The best outdoor restaurants NYC families will love

Time to go out! The best kid-friendly outdoor restaurants NYC families love the most have great food and space to play.

By Oliver Strand, Allie Early, Evelyn Derico and Danielle Valente
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NOTE: AS NEW YORK CITY ENTERS PHASE 2, SOME RESTAURANTS ARE OPENING FOR OUTDOOR DINING. IF YOU'RE PLANNING ON GOING TO A RESTAURANT, BE SURE TO CONTACT IT FRIST TO CONFIRM THAT IT'S OPEN.

New York might not have the sidewalk cafés of Paris or the beachfront tavernas of the Greek islands, this city has some fantastic outdoor dining—if you know where to look. Some of the best family restaurants in NYC and the best fun restaurants in NYC have outdoor spaces where you and your kids can enjoy a little fresh air.

Go ahead and make the most of the season! Go for a spin on one of the best bike trails for families in NYC, or a kid-sized trek on one of the best hiking trails in the city. Then after working up an appetite, head for one of these outdoor restaurants and make a great day that much more perfect.

Outdoor restaurants NYC families need to visit

Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs
Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs
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21. Nathan’s Famous

Restaurants Hot dogs Coney Island

The iconic frank joint's Surf and Stillwell flagship opened in 1916, and Nathan's Famous is still grilling hot dogs daily. The original subway tiles and signage are still intact, as are menu staples like crinkle-cut fries and thick-battered corn dogs, but there’s one shiny “new” addition: a curbside clam bar, a revival of the restaurant’s raw bar from the ’50s. East Coast oysters and littlenecks are shucked per order over a mountain of ice, served with chowder crackers, lemon wedges, sinus-clearing horseradish and cocktail sauce. You gotta go.

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