And Governors Island is finally opening!
Time Out No. #2 | Mon 24 August, 2020 
Your guide to outdoor dining in NYC
Something pretty unique happened last Friday. As Tropical Storm Fay moved into New York, restaurants across the city announced they were closing due to the downpour. It was just one more sign of how much NYC’s restaurants are now relying solely on outdoor dining this summer. From streets now covered in tables instead of cars to backyard gardens full of socially distanced seats, New York’s restaurant scene is happening entirely outside. So we’ve created a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know to about dining outside right now—featuring street recommendations, tips on doing it safely and the most up-to-date info on al fresco dining in the city.
The Week Ahead
"Ordering a takeout pie from Paulie Gee's is the perfect way to start the week (it's the first time the beloved Greenpoint pizza joint has allowed it in six years). For New Yorkers focused on maintaining their joie de vivre throughout quarantine, there are still ways to celebrate Bastille Day this year from home. Or if you're simply looking for a laugh (who isn't?), be sure to find out when Saturday Night Live comedian Michael Che is performing next in Long Island City."
Bao Ong
Food and Drink editor
Governors Island is finally open!
No New York summer is complete without a trip to Governors Island. But, sadly, the sprawling, 172-acre island has been closed this entire summer as the city remained under lockdown. Luckily, that’s about to change this Wednesday when the green space reopens once again for recreational activities (along with some great food and drink options.) Want to escape there for the day? You’ll need to reserve a timed ticket to help the island operate at limited capacity.
Take a scenic drive
Looking for a drive with a view? The Palisades Parkway offers some of the most spectacular views of the Hudson River Valley. Just leave the city on the George Washington Bridge and drive up to the Bear Mountain Bridge. Starting about one hour north of the city, you’ll start seeing some breathtaking vistas of the river.

Read more about the route and more amazing scenic drives from NYC
Cheap thrills
This virtual comedy show will have you screaming with laughter. Join host Hoff Matthews for Hoff’s Horrorfest this Wednesday at 9pm. During the event, the comedian provides running commentary over Twitch of a classic public domain horror film. Up this week is The Wasp Woman (1959) where a cosmetics CEO has a very bad run-in with some wasp jelly.
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Happy Bastille Day!
From bistros with lively outdoor patios to cultural institutions slowly beginning to once again open their doors, French culture is alive and well in New York. And for Bastille Day, we’ll be celebrating the best of the best of it all day long on our Instagram account. We’ve partnered with JP Linguistics, a language school in Soho, for a jam-packed day of French-themed Instagram Lives highlighting amazing French things you can do both at home and all around NYC. You can check out the full schedule here.

And don’t miss our other Instagram Lives this week!

Wednesday, 5pm Tune in for Happy Hour with Quality Italian’s Bar Director Bryan Schneider! Bryan will show you how to make two of the restaurant’s summery signature cocktails: The 57 Spritz and the Nitro Negroni.

Thursday, 5pm Baking expert Ron Ben-Israel joins Time Out Food and Drink Editor Bao Ong to talk all things cake! Learn how to make Ron Ben-Israel's favorite cake, complete with delicious sugar flowers.
Time Out asks....
What’s the best thing you’ve eaten since restaurants have reopened for outdoor dining?
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Support small business
New York is nothing without the independent restaurants and bars that give it life. Now, they need our support more than ever. If you’re going to order, order local.
Enjoy Veniero’s new outdoor cafe!
Now serving gelato along with their signature pastries, take your sweet treat and have a seat at Veniero’s.
Try the perfect summer bite!
Hot days for call for cold dishes like this Norwegian smoked salmon from Plado Tasting Bar.
News you can use
A new farmer’s market has opened in Domino Park.
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Summerly, the Hoxton’s panoramic rooftop, reopened this weekend.
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Street fairs are officially banned in NYC for the summer.
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The Museum of the City of New York is re-opening on July 23.
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The Metropolitan Opera shares more whole productions every night this week.
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One last thing before we go…
Still haven’t decided on an escape from the city? Storm King reopens on Friday!
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