Now that outdoor dining has been extended indefinitely, some of the city’s restaurants have found new ways to adapt for days when it’s as gloomy outside as a Tim Burton set. Let us introduce you to the bubble table. It’s sort of like being inside while technically being outside.
If you’re looking for covered tables but you don’t necessarily want to eat in a clear, plastic dome, our guide, Where To Eat Outside When It’s Cold & Rainy In NYC can help.
Mika is a beer bar with a space in Bushwick that could easily handle a wedding in the before times. It’s massive. Their outdoor area has a few spaced-out tables, as well as two plastic tents where you can use wifi to get work done or have drinks. You’ll have to go through Mika’s indoor area to get to the backyard, and they will check your temperature and ask for contact info for tracing purposes.
This French bistro on the UWS installed clear plastic domes to cover each of their outdoor tables. So, instead of wind gusts and rain, moule frites, wine, live jazz, and friends or a date will have your full attention. These domes can be reserved through the restaurant’s website.
Honey Badger in Prospect Lefferts Gardens has fully committed to creating new outdoor architecture: they built a chic, wooden lean-to house where you can stay dry and warm while you eat. The experimental tasting menu here changes often, but it’s always focused on whatever is in season. You can make a reservation for up to six people here.
Industry Kitchen has installed a few personal table coverings to block undesirable weather. Unlike Cafe Du Soleil’s bubble domes, this pizza and salad spot on the East River has table tents that look more like tiny clear houses. In fact, some real estate broker could probably list one on StreetEasy for $1,500 a month on the Lower East Side - utilities not included. Industry Kitchen is open from noon to 10pm every day, and you can reserve a table here - but we’d suggest giving them a call to ask about tent availability.
Hane Sushi in Stuytown has both enclosed bubbles over individual tables as well as an area with a large outdoor tent with flaps on all sides. You can stop by for a spicy yellowtail roll or $21 sushi combo platter for lunch or dinner every day.
If you’re looking for another option right on the water (without water being the thing that actually ruins your meal) consider Estuary in Brooklyn Bridge Park. They have private table coverings which we’re formally going to start calling “table houses.” Make a reservation and check out their menu of American dishes like trout with butternut squash, lobster rolls, and a burger with smoked gouda here.
This rooftop restaurant in FiDi opened back in July, and each of their outdoor tables has its own clear hut. You have to call to reserve one of their enclosed outdoor tables at least seven days in advance. Find more information and take a look at their Italian menu on their website.