The city just announced that outdoor dining will become a permanent part of the restaurant landscape—yes, even in the winter (expect to see a lot more tents and electric heaters).
Happily, practically every Harlem restaurant that can has opened or expanded its sidewalk seating and patio space since the push to reopen restaurants began in June.
To help you find them all, here's a running list of Harlem favorites with outdoor tables.
More are being added periodically, so keep checking back.
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.
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.
2018 Third Ave at E 111th St
Cuban sandwiches, mojitos and more—now served, appropriately, under a sunny sky.
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 back patio.
2337 First Ave at 120th St
Dominican dishes and drinks in an oasis-like inner patio.
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
Famous for its chicken and waffles, with a buzzy outdoor space designed by architect David Rockwell.
2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 116th St
Elevated soul food 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 to match.
2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 117th St
Chef Serena Bass' deeply popular Italian.
151 Malcolm X Blvd 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
Flavorful 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 Malcolm X Blvd at W 120th St
Italian favorites and baked goods, plus cocktails.
227 Malcolm X Blvd 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
New American with top wines.
274 Lenox Ave between W 123rd and W 124th St
Stylish 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.
2375 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd at 139th St
Creative French meets West African.
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 that excels 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
Bright Italian trattoria with a tiered deck on a quiet side 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.
Baylander ship, West Harlem Piers at 125th St
New waterfront spot—it's on a decommissioned U.S. Navy ship—serving burgers, fish and chips, and cocktails.
1600 Amsterdam Ave at W 139th St
Deeply satisfying bowls of pasta, pizza and more in a sunny setting.
1618 Amsterdam at 140th St
The place for fresh tacos and standout margaritas.
3452 Broadway at 141st St
Oysters, ramen and craft cocktails.
1635 Amsterdam Ave at W 141st St
Elevated farm-to-table dining with live jazz on Sundays.
3473 Broadway between W 141st and W 142nd Sts
Health-minded comfort food and freshly-made cocktails.
126 Hamilton Pl between W 142nd and W 143rd Sts
Craft beer and cocktails with appealing pub food.
3508 Broadway between W 143rd and W 144th Sts
An impressive Italian menu with great wine to match.
142 Hamilton Pl between W 143rd and W 144th Sts
Northern Italian paired with thoughtfully chosen wine–all facing an oasis-like public plaza.
763 St. Nicholas Ave between W 148th and 149th Sts
Ethiopian-meets-Mediterranean with a down-to-earth vibe.
3612 Broadway at 149th St
Standout 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.