And a Manhattan bistro is handing out silver space blankets to shivering diners.
A pandemic that has upended much of life in New York is now ushering in something the city has never really tried: dining by snow and ice. Or, as some restaurants are telling customers, the new BYOB is bring your own blanket.
The explosion of outdoor dining has been a savior for more than 10,000 restaurants and bars that have taken over sidewalks, streets and public spaces to try to keep their businesses afloat. It has been so popular that Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council are making outdoor dining permanent.
But year-round dining outside is untested in the city's bone-chilling winters, and has created daunting challenges for an industry fighting to survive.
"Are we going to have a mild winter or a harsh one?" said Andrew Rigie, executive director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, an industry group. "It's a gamble. With so much uncertainty about the weather and diner behavior, it's a risk."
While a financial imperative for restaurants, enclosing outdoor areas for winter has raised health concerns as coronavirus cases in New York have started to rise again. Protecting patrons from the elements has led some restaurants to create shelters that lack sufficient ventilation, raising the risk of transmission.
Outdoor heaters — including propane heaters that had been banned in the city but are now permitted as a way to help restaurants — could also pose fire hazards.
Still, with restaurants having few options to make money, New York and other cities are forging ahead with winter outdoor dining.Chicago held a design challenge that drew ideas like a Japanese-style heated table and a modular cabin inspired by ice-fishing huts that fits on a parking spot.
In New York, the multibillion-dollar restaurant industry, one of the city's most important economic pillars, has been decimated by the pandemic. Indoor dining has resumed, but at only 25% capacity.
Trump's Defeat Weakens Boris Johnson in Urgent Brexit Talks 川普敗選 害到英國脫歐談判
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Few world leaders have felt the fallout of President-elect Joe Biden's victory more quickly than Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Johnson is in the final phases of trying to negotiate a post-Brexit trade agreement with the European Union, a complex challenge that just became more urgent with the defeat of his ally and ideological mate, President Donald Trump.
A failed negotiation with Brussels could stir up tensions between Johnson and Biden even before they get to know each other, because it would almost certainly reverberate badly in Ireland. Biden, who speaks often and fondly of his Irish roots, has already warned Johnson not to do anything in his trade negotiations that would threaten peace in Northern Ireland.
"The election completely changed the game," said Mujtaba Rahman, an analyst at the political risk consultancy, Eurasia Group.
Unlike Trump, Biden opposed Brexit. He is not likely to make a trade deal with London as high a priority as Trump might have. And he has ruled out such a deal altogether if Britain does anything to water down the protections of Northern Ireland that are enshrined in the Withdrawal Agreement.
British newspapers have been full of stories in recent days raising alarm about the future of the "special relationship" between Britain and the United States, and musing about whether Johnson and Biden, who have yet to meet, are destined to be at odds.
After Johnson congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their election, a former White House aide to Barack Obama, Tommy Vietor, said on Twitter, "This shapeshifting creep weighs in. We will never forget your racist comments about Obama and slavish devotion to Trump."
In 2016, when Johnson was mayor of London, he noted that Obama had replaced a bust of Winston Churchill in the Oval Office with one of Martin Luther King Jr. and attributed it to "the part-Kenyan president's ancestral dislike of the British Empire." He also once likened Hillary Clinton to Lady Macbeth.
"The comments Boris Johnson has made about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who are regarded as family in Biden-land, have not been forgotten, and can't be brushed aside with a joke," said Peter Westmacott, a former British ambassador to Washington. "The same goes for his bromance with Donald Trump."