9 Spacious spots to keep in mind as indoor dining resumes

February 11, 2021, 5:29.30 pm ET  

Photo: Brooklyn Chop House                                                                                   

Brooklyn Chop House (150 Nassau Street) in FiDi offers seating for 40 indoors at 25 percent capacity. Menu items include everything from French Onion Soup Dumplings to a Dry-Aged Porterhouse, or feast on L.S.D., lobster, steak and duck for the entire table. The restaurant also employs a 40-point safety plan, including temperature checks.

Ainslie (76 Ainslie Street) in Williamsburg is a massive 10,000 square foot, multi-level Italian restaurant, wine bar and biergarten complete with a rooftop. They have indoor seating capacity of 281 seats, so at 25% capacity, 70 seats are available to add to their ample outdoor seating. Ainslie's Executive Chef John DeLucie and lead pizzaiolo Erasmo ‘Mino’ Lassandro offer a menu of wood-fired pizzas, pastas, free-range chicken, NY Strip Steak, Atlantic Salmon and Wood-Fired Rosemary Wings. 

Photo: Kissaki at JACX&CO                                                                                    

Kissaki, the culinary experience honoring Japanese tradition, is available at 25% percent capacity at their JACX&CO (28-17 Jackson Ave) location in Long Island City, Upper West Side location and Bowery locations. Kissaki’s year-round menu includes a premium omakase from Executive Chef Mark Garcia. To ensure safety, Kissaki’s two robots, their Maki Maker and Nigiri Maker are used for delivery and take out orders. 

Clinton Hall’s FiDi location (90 Washington St) is open at 25% capacity for indoor dining and cocktails. Executive Chef Darryl Harmon is known for his Double Smashed Burgers, Buffalo Cauliflower, Crispy Chicken Wings, Giant Pretzels and more. Clinton Hall's FiDi and Bronx locations are open as well for indoor and outdoor dining.

            Photo: Willow                                                                                                     

Willow (199 8th Avenue) in Chelsea is offering vegan bistro fare.  Beyond Sushi's Executive Chef Guy Vaknin and his wife Tali are putting a new spin on American classics and comfort foods. Willow launched with takeout and delivery in mid-January and will now offers indoor dining at 25 percent capacity.  Reservations can be made via Resy.

Hole in the Wall is opening at 25% capacity indoors at Hotel Henri (37 W. 24th St.) in Flatiron, with the ability to host 21 guests indoors and more outdoors underneath the hotel's awning. Chef Brent Hudson signature dishes like Avocado Toast, Pulled Pork Benedict and a Brekky Roll with Applewood smoked bacon. Indoor dining is also available at Hole in the Wall’s other locations in Murray Hill, FiDi and a new spot in Williamsburg.

Loulou (176 8th Avenue) in Chelsea is offering indoor seating for 30 diners, with the ability to book out their private dining room as well, while safely distanced.  Executive Chef Jarett Brodie is serving up Duck Leg Confit with apple rosemary puree and gala chutney, Steak Frites featuring a 7oz skirt steak and béarnaise, among others. The restaurant is also known for its craft cocktails.

Photo: Noir Supper Club                                                                                         

NOIR Supperclub (357 W. 16th Street) in the Meatpacking District is a multi-leveled 1920s-inspired lounge with seating for 38 diners at 25 percent capacity, including VIP seating. The menu draws from the flavors of Asia with dishes like Miso Glazed Salmon, BBQ Pork Belly with baby bok choy, along with a selection of sushi, sashimi and rolls. Tasting menus are also available.

Nerai (55 E. 54th Street) offers a contemporary twist on sophisticated Greek dining in the heart of the city. It features two elegantly appointed dining rooms in addition to Cava Nerai, providing two distinct private dining spaces.  Plexiglass separates the banquettes throughout the restaurant.  Nerai’s flavorful fresh seafood dishes and cocktails can be enjoyed indoors. A new Jasmine garden from Floratorium can be found on the restaurant's second floor.  Reservations can be made via www.nerainyc.com

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