6 Heated Patios for Fall Dining Al Fresco

New York fall has arrived, inviting jackets, sweaters, scarves out of storage and into your weekly wardrobe once again. While it’s still cool (but not cold) out, enjoy your final weeks of dining and drinking outside at these heated spaces around town. And if it gets too chilly, don’t worry; they have tables inside too. 


Indulge in seasonal autumn bites at The Whitney Museum of American Art. Untitled, the ground-floor cafe at this riverfront museum, serves delectable vegetable dishes and proteins like fried chicken with Cherry Bomb Hot Sauce. Enjoy lunch, dinner, brunch, or happy hour at this cafe from chef Suzy Cupps and restaurateur Danny Meyer, whether you’re visiting the museum galleries or not. 99 Gansevoort St., 212-570-3670,

Gallow Green

Gallow Green


The popular bar/restaurant Gallow Green sits atop the hotel where the immersive play Sleep No More takes place. Come cozy up in Chelsea in front of the fire pit while the weather’s still in the 50s at this rooftop retreat. Try a Day Witch cocktail during their weekend brunch buffet, or a pizza and a beer at dinner. Gallow Green also stays open late if you’re in the mood for a post-show beverage. 542 W. 27th St., 212-564-1662,

Blue Ribbon Kanpai Garden

The folks at Blue Ribbon, who also run things over at The Ribbon, have established this fun-loving patio on the Lower East Side. Play board games and eat ramen at this second-story space with tropical vibes. Blue Ribbon Kanpai Garden stays open three seasons a year and serves a global mix of food and drink, including sake and Peking Duck Tacos. 190 Allen St., 2nd Fl., 212-466-0404,

Magic Hour

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar Moxy Times Square

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Magic Hour provides nonstop rooftop revelry from its spot near Times Square. Before it gets too cold out, come enjoy a cocktail and a game of mini golf at this large indoor-outdoor space on the roof of the Moxy Hotel. Magic Hour offers not only nighttime fun (including a rotating seating area) but also weekend brunch. That way, you can eat pancakes with a stellar view of the Empire State Building. 485 Seventh Ave., 212-268-0188,

Clinton Hall FiDi 

Clinton Hall is an indoor/outdoor beer hall for all your fall shenanigans. Sample one of their many rare brews on tap, and play some giant Jenga or Cards Against Humanity at its original Financial District location. For eats, there are burgers made with Pat LaFrieda beef and snacks like fried pickles. 90 Washington St., 212-363-6000,




For cheese, charcuterie, and a little bit of magic, head to Tuffet in Williamsburg. Their ivy-covered back patio has a fireplace for chilly fall nights, and their full bar boasts special seasonal sangrias. It’s a great place for lunch and coffee during the day, happy hour drinks and bites, or winding down your evening out in Brooklyn. 286 Graham Ave., 718-388-7434,

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Merrill Lee Girardeau lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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