In response to the coronavirus pandemic, almost 10,000 nyc restaurants now offer outdoor dining. earlier this month mayor bill de blasio announced that the citys open restaurants program, which allowed restaurants and bars to expand socially distant outdoor seating in sidewalks, streets and parking spaces, was here to stay.

Its time for a new new york city tradition, he said in a statement. outdoor dining has been a lifeline for an industry that has been hit hard by covid-19.

But with so many places to choose from, which offer the most interesting open-air experience? ft readers recommendations range from west village cool to haute cuisine on the east river with a midtown stop-off at an artistic oasis.

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