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More Than 1,200 Queens Restaurants Open For Outdoor Dining: Map

Outdoor Dining at Soleluna in Sunnyside (Queens Post File Photo)

June 29, 2020 By Christian Murray

The city has released a new map that provides the public with a list of restaurants across the five boroughs offering outdoor dining.

The Department of Transportation has posted the map online–called “NYC Open Restaurants“—that provides a growing list of the more than 6,200 restaurants now offer outdoor dining.

The public is able to search a restaurant by name, borough and zip code and even find out if alcohol is being served.  There are 1,210 establishments listed in Queens, with 40 in Sunnyside, 88 in Long Island City, 56 in Forest Hills, and more.

The guide was introduced following the city entering into Phase 2 last Monday, when some restrictions were lifted. Phase 2 allows bars and restaurants to provide outdoor dining as long as social distancing measures are in place.

The map shows what outdoor dining options are available— including tables on sidewalks and parking lanes.

This week, some restaurants will be able to set up on the street.

The DOT is accepting applications from business improvement districts and various associations to set up seating on roadways that were part of the Open Streets program.

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Riko Peruvian @ 46th and Greenpoint has full outdoor dining. Social distancing, not so much. Those tables couldn’t get any closer together.

Looney Toons

Again, one deeply disturbing reaction to this on Woodside Pride is a bizarre paranoid conspiracy theory shared from “Queens Streets for All” that implies bike lanes were part of a stealth plot to rid the city of private vehicle ownership for everyone but politicians.
The post is anonymous, but I believe that anyone who knows the poster may want to check in on the mental, physical, and cognitive health of the person who sees it fit to post something like that, and to have an intervention so they can get the help they need.
I understand that bike lanes drove some people nuts….but there is “nuts” as in “anger,” which typically tends to subside, and then there is this publicly shared descent into tin-foil-hat madness that is as disturbing as it is sad.

As for the restaurants. Good on ya. I’ve been to a few, but need to stop spending so much because the money isn’t exactly flowing in.


Maybe people wont be losing their damn minds at all the bike lanes if bike traffic was actually enforced. Do you even drive around these bikers ? Because from what I’ve seen the biggest defenders to all the bike nonsense are the ones that dont drive. They are an ignorant bunch


I am indeed a driver. I signal my turn, slow down to a near stop, look for walkers or cyclists who may have the right of way, and turn when it is clear. The bike lanes have markedly improved the situation all around.

Also, I’m not sure what you’re implying, but saying non-drivers are somehow less informed seems to play into the Bugs Bunny thing if you ask me… no need to resort to conspiracy theories or ad hominem. It’s such a bad look!


Many of us can no longer afford to eat out. And the restaurants have all increased meal prices. I will save whatever money I can in case there is a second wave of Covid 19 in the Fall/Winter.

Larry Penner

In these difficult economic times, it is especially important to patronize your favorite restaurants when offering take out and as they reopen. Let us honor the employees who make them a success. There are several ways to say thank you. Let your server(s), cooks and owners know how much you appreciate the excellent food and service.

My wife and I try to tip 20 percent against the total bill including taxes. If it is an odd amount, round up to the next dollar. If you can afford to eat out, you can afford an extra dollar tip. When ordering take out, don’t forget to leave a dollar or two for the waiter or cook. Trust us, it is appreciated.

Remember the people who work at your favorite restaurant are our neighbors. They work long hours for little pay and count on tips, which make up a significant portion of their income. If we don’t patronize our local restaurants, they don’t eat either. Your purchases keep our neighbors employed and the local economy growing.

Why not drop off a box of candy, cookies or some other treat for your favorite waiter or restaurant staff next time you stop by?

Larry Penner


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