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Sidewalk Cafes in NYC

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StatsBee is a new column featuring interesting statistics about NYC, written by economists at the Economic Research & Analysis department within NYCEDC’s Center for Economic Transformation. This week, StatsBee studies the proliferation of sidewalk cafés in NYC.

There’s something magical about dining streetside in NYC. And you can do so all across the City, especially in the West Village in Manhattan and in Astoria in Queens—both neighborhoods of which boast unusually high numbers of outdoor cafes. Read on for our top 5 list of largest sidewalk café spaces where we hope you can score a table.

  • The City has 861 licensed unenclosed sidewalk cafés, which contain a cumulative 209,784 square feet of space.
  • The vast majority of these (80%) are in Manhattan, while 10% are in Brooklyn, 8% are in Queens, 2% are in the Bronx, and less than 1% are in Staten Island.
  • At 77, the West Village has the most unenclosed sidewalk cafés of any neighborhood in the city, covering more than 24,000 square feet. Tribeca and Soho round out the top three with 54 and 45, respectively.
  • In the outer boroughs, Astoria leads the count of unenclosed sidewalk cafés with 43 together covering nearly 15,000 square feet. Williamsburg is second with 15, which cumulatively contained about 3,600 square feet of space.

The largest unenclosed sidewalk café spaces in the City are:

  1. Dos Caminos, 675 Hudson St, New York (1,300 SF)
  2. Pastis, 9 9th Ave, New York (1,010 SF)
  3. Chinatown Brasserie, 380 Lafayette St, New York (962 SF)
  4. Athens Café, 32-07 30th Ave, Astoria (936 SF)
  5. Henry’s, 2745 Broadway, New York (908 SF)

Which is your favorite NYC sidewalk café?

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