February 21, 2024

NYC Permanent Dining Out Program

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Applications for Dining Out NYC, the city's new permanent outdoor dining program, are now open. Apply here

The City has created step-by-step, interactive guides to help food and drink establishments understand the requirements for roadway cafes and sidewalk cafes. The guides cover information ranging from how far a roadway cafe must be from a crosswalk or fire hydrant, to materials requirements, to how to clean in and around your cafe. 


Establishments with existing temporary outdoor dining setups must apply by August 3, 2024. These establishments will need to bring their existing setup into compliance with Dining Out NYC requirements within 30 days after application approval. If you have an existing temporary setup and do not apply by August 3, 2024, you will be required to remove your setup. 



• Fill out this form to receive important email updates about Dining Out NYC. 


• Dining Out NYC Financial Planning Tool: Helps you determine if participation in the permanent outdoor dining program is right for your business. 


• Regulatory assistance: The NYC Business Express Service Team (NYC BEST) helps restaurants understand and comply with new program rules and other city regulations. 


• SBS Hotline: Representatives from the NYC Department of Small Business Services are available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm to answer your questions about the Dining Out NYC program or use of the Financial Planning Tool. Call 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692).  

Join the NYC Department of Transportation and the NYC Department of Small Business Services for a Zoom presentation on February 26 at 11am. This session will provide valuable insights into the outdoor dining program, covering its requirements, application process, and available resources. Stay tuned for a Q&A session following the presentation. Register in advance to attend here


Learn more about Dining Out NYC, here