NYC’s Open Restaurant Program is an effort to implement a citywide multi-phase program to expand outdoor seating options for restaurants and bars to promote open space, enhance social distancing, and help them rebound in these difficult economic times.
NYC’s approach prioritizes geographic equity and allows us to reach the areas most impacted by COVID-19.
This program is designed to assist existing restaurants and bars that have been authorized by the Governor of the State of New York to re-open under Phase Two and want to use outdoor areas on a temporary basis. This application is only for restaurants and bars seeking permission to place outdoor seating in front of their establishment on the sidewalk and/or roadway. You do not need to apply to place outdoor seating on private property.
To learn more, please visit the NYC.gov website HERE.