Local Govt

60-day countdown to apply for ‘Dining Out NYC’ program 

Friday, 07 Jun, 2024
(NYC DOT social media graphic highlighting the upcoming deadline)

New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez announced the 60-day countdown for restaurants currently participating the temporary outdoor dining program to apply for the new permanent program, Dining Out NYC, in order to continue operating their outdoor dining setup throughout the approval process. Restaurants that currently have an outdoor dining setup must apply online by August 3 or remove their setups by that deadline. Restaurant owners can visit the Dining Out NYC website for easy-to-use guidance, informational resources, prototypes for compliant outdoor dining setups, and a marketplace to find companies that provide services or products to support complaint outdoor dining cafes. Restaurants can continue to operate their current outdoor dining setups as long as they apply by the August 3 deadline.   

 “Don’t delay, apply today! Restaurants with outdoor dining setups have until August 3 to apply for Dining Out NYC, and we are making it as easy as possible to participate,” said NYC DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez. “New Yorkers enjoy outdoor dining and the vibrancy it brings to our communities, and that is why we are proud that Dining Out NYC has made outdoor dining a permanent part of our streets.”  

“Outdoor dining has changed the way New Yorkers experience their city and their streets, and has become integral to the thousands of restaurants, bars, and cafes across the five boroughs,” said NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Kevin D. Kim. “If you're a small business owner and need help with your outdoor dining application, SBS is ready to walk you through the process and connect you with the resources you need! Call us on our hotline at 888-SBS-4NYC, go to the Dining Out NYC website, and visit the new online Dining Out Marketplace. Move over, Paris-- New York is the global destination for outdoor dining!” 

 Applications can be submitted at nyc.gov/DiningOut.  

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