The Future of Outdoor Dining

Re-ply outdoor dining structure pop-up in Meatpacking
BY Meatpacking BIDPUBLISHED 02.16.2024

New York City is always changing, and one area that's evolving fast is outdoor dining. In the Meatpacking District, where food and innovation collide, outdoor dining isn't just a trend—it's a lifestyle. Now, with new rules from the Mayor Adams' administration, outdoor dining is getting a makeover.

Here's the scoop: the city has finalized rules for a new outdoor dining program with some important changes. First off, those roadbed dining structures that have been popping up everywhere will now have limits. They can't be fully enclosed, and they must be accessible for everyone. Plus, there are size limits depending on where they are.

These rules, which were based on feedback from restaurant owners and locals, are set to kick in on March 3rd. If you're a restaurant with one of these structures already in place, you'll need to apply for a permit or take it down by August 3rd. If you're a diner, get ready for a cleaner place to eat outdoors!

Re-ply Outdoor Dining Model in Meatpacking
On display through February 21, 2024

To showcase the ideal redesign, the district has partnered with Re-Ply NYC for a limited time pop-up, DOT-compliant dining structure on display in Chelsea Triangle. This brand new modular roof structure is on display now through February 21st. Check it out for yourself in anticipation of outdoor dining season and read more about the city’s updated guidelines below.

DOT’s Dining Out NYC Program




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