As you’ve no doubt heard, the New York City Council voted on February 24, 2022, to amend the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York to remove the geographic limitations on sidewalk cafes. Prior to this amendment, sidewalk cafes were only permitted within certain areas (zoning districts) of the city. This amendment does not change the sidewalk cafe application approval process, nor does it pertain to roadway seating.
This amendment is one of many steps in the process towards the City implementing a permanent Open Restaurant program that will eventually replace the pandemic-era Open Restaurant program. It is our understanding that the City Council is still negotiating the terms of the permanent program, including the designation of the City agency in charge of related rule-making and oversight. Additional information can be found here.