sidewalk dining

Saigon Social Vows Return After Fire Last Week

Last modified May 9, 2022 at 8:40 am

Closed for a week, Saigon Social continues to pick up the pieces from a fire onsite. “We are incredibly grateful that the fire was contained and no one got hurt,” the restaurant said in an Instagram update over the weekend. As ownership continues to assess damages from the fire at 172 Orchard Street last Monday, […]

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Judge Blocks City’s Effort to Make Open Restaurants Program Permanent

Posted March 25, 2022 at 5:01 am

The path to permanence for the city’s outdoor dining ambitions has been dealt a blow, thanks to a court ruling earlier this week. The Supreme Court of the State of New York, with Judge Frank Nervo presiding, ruled in favor of 22 New Yorkers who filed suit last fall. The claimants argued that the negative […]

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Firefighters Union President Warns of Dining Shed Dangers

Posted February 8, 2022 at 5:08 am

Ahead of a controversial City Council hearing later this morning, the President of the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York joined the chorus of opposition to the Open Restaurants street sheds, stating that “Lives Are in Danger.” Media advisory from the mailbag: The haphazard way the structures went up, with no attention to the […]

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The Double-Decker Dining Shed on East 4th Street that Almost Happened

Last modified August 2, 2021 at 6:06 am

The dining shed as we know it is moving on up. Literally. Outside the Izakaya NYC on East 4th Street, workers were spotted assembling a double-decker dining shed on Friday morning. Complete with stairs, second floor, and astroturf. With the mezzanine at eye level with the first-floor apartments. By the evening, word was out and […]

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The General Opens Its Garage Doors on the Bowery

Posted April 10, 2013 at 6:40 am

With the warm weather, restaurants are undergoing the annual ritual of deposing storefront vestibules and opening the windows.

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Pulino’s Police Barricades

Posted September 22, 2010 at 6:23 am

Pulino’s Bar and Pizzeria at the corner of Bowery and East Houston broke out their collection of police barricades to mark the boundaries of the sidewalk seating space.

88 Orchard Now Serving Alcohol to Sidewalk Diners

Posted August 5, 2010 at 6:26 am

We received word over the Twitter wire yesterday that 88 Orchard is now officially permitted to serve alcohol to patrons sitting at their outdoor tables.  Community Board 3 approved the sidewalk cafe extension back in February, but the coffee shop just received the go-ahead.

An Choi Annex is Now Operational

Posted May 17, 2010 at 6:12 am

The brown paper is gone. With months of preparations now in the past, An Choi has lifted the veil on their new annex space next door.  The Vietnamese restaurant now controls the lion’s share of 85 Orchard Street.  Additional picnic-style tables are available to patrons, accessible either through a new doorway into the main restaurant, […]

Pulino’s Sidewalk Dining to Crowd Bowery and Houston

Posted May 14, 2010 at 6:11 am

Along with EV Grieve, we’ve certainly been keeping tabs on the sidewalk dining situation at Pulino’s Bar and Pizzeria.  Since the joint opened, tables situated in the Bowery-facing window-doors merely flirted with the concrete, but barely crossed the threshold.  That is no longer the case.