Permanent Open Restaurants

There are three main actions that the City is undertaking to facilitate the creation of a Permanent Open Restaurants Program. The first action, a citywide zoning text amendment, completed the 90-day review period by community boards and borough presidents on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

RESOLUTION: Manhattan CB2 Permanent Open Restaurants Zoning Text Amendment – September 2021

RESOLUTION: Manhattan Borough Board Permanent Open Restaurants Zoning Text Amendment  – September 2021

The next two steps:
1. City Plan Commission (CPC) Review Session: Monday, October 4

2. City Planning Commission (CPC) Public Hearing: Wednesday, October 6 at 10:00 AM (public testimony)
The POR Zoning Text Amendment testimony will likely start at noon. Registration to testify opens at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, October 6 on the NYC Engage Portal:

Links to all CPC agendas, livestream links, and information on how to testify at the October 6 hearing:

Action 1: Removal of Locational Prohibitions via Zoning Text Amendment
The first action (Permanent Open Restaurants Zoning Text Amendment) was reviewed jointly by CB2’s Reopening Working Group and Land Use Committees. A public hearing was held on Monday, July 19, 2021, followed by two business sessions on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 and Monday, September 20, 2021. The CB2 Full Board vote was taken at the September Full Board Meeting on Thursday, September 23, 2021. The resolution is linked above with the vote count.

Send your written testimony on Permanent Open Restaurants to [email protected]

Citywide Permanent Open Restaurants Zoning Text Amendment
Open Restaurants / Sidewalk Cafes

Find out how the other 58 community boards are voting on the Permanent Open Restaurants – Go to Milestones > In Progress > Community Board Review here on ZAP.

Read and download other community boards’ Permanent Open Restaurants resolutions as they are submitted on ZAP. Go to Public Documents > CB/BB/BP Recommendations here on ZAP.

Department of City Planning – Zoning Application Portal

Public Documents

Department of City Planning Permanent Open Restaurants 

City Planning Commission (CPC) Review Session on Permanent Open Restaurants on June 21, 2021:

Video – Joint DOT & DCP Presentation to CB2 Reopening Working Group and Land Use on July 19, 2021:

DOT & DCP Powerpoint Slides presented on July 19, 2021 with specific CB2 data

Video – Mayor’s Office of Nightlife Open Restaurants Town Call on August 17, 2021 – DOT & DCP presentation to Eating and Drinking Establishment Operators This presentation covers both the current Temporary Open Restaurants program and the proposed Permanent Open Restaurants program. The presentation includes updated diagrams on amenity-zone seating (seating on the sidewalk at the curb which is prohibited in both the Temporary Open Restaurants program and in the proposed Permanent Open Restaurants program). The Q&A towards the end also offers information that may be of interest.

DCP Responses to CB2 POR Questions – September 16, 2021

Action 2: Changes to the Sidewalk Café Program
via Local Law and CAPA
– Transfers control of sidewalk cafés to DOT
– Revise design requirements and streamline duration of design review
– Create new clear path requirements and waivers to protect pedestrian right-of-way

Public Engagement Process – Design Rules: DCP and DOT will lead a series of in-person and remote roundtables as part of a citywide design engagement process for the Permanent Open Restaurants program. The roundtables will take place throughout the city during Fall 2021 and Winter 2022, culminating in the release of design guidelines during Spring 2022. The focus will be on roadway dining setups, but feedback will be taken on all design aspects of the program.

Public Outreach Sessions will be listed here once registration information is available:

DOT Open Restaurants Page
NYC Engage

Action 3: Creation of the Roadway Café via Local Law and CAPA
– Establish siting rules, guidelines, fee structure, and application review for new program


Past CB2 Reopening Working Group Documents on Open Restaurants
RWG Committee Report with Draft Recommendations for Permanent Open Restaurants Program, March  2021 

RWG Resolution on the continuation of the Temporary Open Restaurants Program, November 2020 

RWG Letter on the Temporary Open Restaurants Program, June 2020 


Open Restaurants Inspections 

Open Restaurants Applications

Storefronts Reported Leased or Not Leased


SLA Mapper (SLAM) – an interactive mapping tool that aggregates Open Restaurants Certifications, 311 Complaints – Open Restaurants (NYPD, DCA, DOT), 311 Complaints – Noise/Drinking, State Liquor Authority (SLA) Licenses, Sidewalk Café Licenses, and Restaurant Health Grades

ZoLA Zoning and Land Use Map

Sidewalk Cafe Map

Temporary Open Restaurants Map & Dashboard

NYC Planning Street Map: The Status & History of New York City’s Streets. This is a great resource to look up street widths.

Department of Transportation (DOT) Temporary Open Restaurants Program Guidance 

Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities (MOPD) Open Restaurants Accessibility Guidelines

DCP Assessing Storefronts Vacancy in NYC: 24 Neighborhood Case Studies Report – August 2019



Send CB2 your written testimony on the Permanent Open Restaurants program: [email protected]

DOT is actively seeking public feedback about the permanent program and wants to hear your ideas about what you want to see:

Report Open Restaurants Complaints to 311: