As the weather warms up, NYC is inching closer to peak outdoor dining season. The pandemic has taken a toll on the city’s restaurants and vastly changed the way New Yorkers dine out. Some neighborhoods have adapted to this new landscape better than others. Localize analyzed the best neighborhoods for outdoor dining, perfect for foodies on the hunt for a new home.
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Outdoor dining became the norm during the pandemic
In an effort to help restaurants stay afloat during the pandemic, more than 250 restaurants were approved for new outdoor dining space between December 2020 and February 2021. These new setups included sidewalk and roadway seating, with many restaurants getting creative during the winter months creating spaces that were chic, warm, and compliant.
The East Village has the best access to restaurants with outdoor dining
For the most options for dining al fresco, hit the East Village. There’s no shortage of food options in this nabe in normal times, so it’s no surprise this foodie haven makes the top of the list.
For this study, Localize looked at residential buildings that were within a 10-minute walk of at least 8 restaurants. Our analysis found a total of 23 neighborhoods where new outdoor dining is easily accessible to residents. We’ve listed the top contenders below.
Top neighborhoods for outdoor dining
- East Village: 58 restaurants
- Flatiron District: 55 restaurants
- Greenwich Village: 47 restaurants
- NoHo: 45 restaurants
- Garment District: 44 restaurants
For the full list of 23 neighborhoods and where they rank, check out the report here .
East Village living is fit for foodies
In addition to having the most restaurants with new outdoor dining options, the East Village also has the most housing near these restaurants. There are more than 1,651 residential buildings for New Yorkers to plant roots within a 10-minute walk of great outdoor eats.
Neighborhoods with the most housing near outdoor dining
- East Village: 1,651 buildings
- Chelsea: 1,071 buildings
- Flatiron District: 933 buildings
- Hell’s Kitchen: 896 buildings
- Midtown: 616 buildings
You don’t have to live in the East Village to get great food. The beauty of NYC is that there is always incredible food nearby, no matter where you live. Even our dollar pizza puts slices from other cities to shame.
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