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11 ridiculously cozy outdoor dining spots in NYC

Stay warm with heaters, blankets and more at these cuddly dining destinations.

By Christina Izzo
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Sure, technically, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but we’re quite partial to fall in NYC: the fall foliage, the hot cocktails and especially the outdoor dining. Whether you’re looking for hidden patios or scene-y rooftop bars, there’s an al fresco option for every preference and—thanks to heated lamps, soft blankets and covered tents—every weather advisory. Here are 10 great outdoor spots to cozy up to this fall in NYC.

Olmsted

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The greenery-filled backyard of this Prospect Heights favorite is charming at any season, but with warming infrared heaters and fall-inspired fare (hello, chestnut chawanmushi), it’s an autumnal must-visit. Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Dr. Clark

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Forget standalone heaters: Each outdoor kotatsu table is heated at this Hokkaido-themed newcomer in Chinatown. In case that’s still not comfy enough for you, they’re equipped with remote controls so customers can adjust the temperature, plaid blankets to snuggle up to, and a disco ball overhead, because life is short. Chinatown

Mr. Purple

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The chalet is open for the season on the Hotel Indigo’s rooftop terrace, and it sure looks like a fall getaway: think faux-fur blankets, fireplace logs, and freshly-popped bubbly, all tucked inside a heated, private snow globe. Lower East Side

Wayla

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The back garden of this stylish Thai spot has all of the floor pillows, woven rugs and candlelit lanterns of our West Elm-loving dreams. And if the spicy, Bangkok-by-way-of-Bowery eats don’t warm you up from the inside out, the outdoor heaters should do the trick. Lower East Side

Sushi Lab

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It’s easy to enjoy omakase outdoors at this raw-fish restaurant situated atop midtown’s Sanctuary Hotel: Leaf-covered tenting and electric heaters ensure that the only chills you’ll feel during your meal are from the food. Midtown West

Hütte

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Travel’s not an option right now, but you can get some Alpine ski-lodge vibes without the plane at this woodsy cold-weather concept, found in the tented garden behind Schaller’s Stube. Wrap yourself in a blanket and tuck into a hearty spread of bubbling fondue, game meats, and Austrian beer. Upper East Side

Scarpetta

The garden café outside of the Italian stalwart has turned a new leaf for fall—literally. The semi-covered pergola is lush in seasonal foliage courtesy of “floral scientist” Elisabeth Santana, and the whole outdoor structure is heated so you, and your pasta, won’t ever get cold. Flatiron

Ten Hope

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The open-air patio behind this Williamsburg eatery is sprawling, but feels invitingly intimate thanks to rooftop canopies, ivy garlands, comfy banquettes and a dozen heaters fighting the seasonal chill. Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Daniel


Who said that private cabanas were a summertime luxury only? You can have yourself a very cozy fall date night inside one of the striped, heated bungalows at Daniel Boulud’s fine-dining flagship. An extra layer of warmth: That famed white-tablecloth service. Upper East Side

Shuko

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Leave it to the Shuko team to make a New York alley feel quaint and magical, instead of the usual cold and menacing. Warming up the traditionally nondescript space are overhead heaters, string upon string of twinkly lights and, of course, world-class sushi. Union Square

Pastis

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The Keith McNally classic is a perennial outdoor dining favorite, but that doesn’t need to end just because the temperature’s dropping. At the restaurant’s sidewalk patio, French plates are served with a side of propane heaters, so you’ll spend less time shivering and more time people-watching down the cobblestone streets. Meatpacking District

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