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The ultimate guide to dining outside in NYC

Looking for the best places to eat outside in NYC right now? Things are changing fast. Here's what you need to know.

Written by
Bao Ong

As long as it's warm enough outside, New Yorkers will be be dining outdoors as long as they can—whether that means sitting down at a full-service restaurant or just grabbing a quick bite to-go and relaxing in a park. With new policies allowing more restaurants than ever to apply and expand outdoor dining, we're seeing unprecedented, creative uses of public space.

The city's constantly changing mandates, however, can make it hard to keep up with the rules. So we're staying on top of the latest in this new hospitality landscape and have put together this official guide for everything you need to know about eating outside in our favorite city. 

RECOMMENDED: Here are NYC's official guidelines to outdoor dining.

Outdoor dining in NYC guide