New York Loves Outdoor Dining. Here’s How to Keep the Romance Alive.

The rules of restaurant spaces are up for grabs as the city’s Department of Transportation looks to the future of street and sidewalk seating.

By Pete Wells

Last September, a pair of cabins the color of spaghetti sauce went up in the West Village roadbed outside the Italian American restaurant Don Angie. Along the base of each was a stripe of the same checkerboard linoleum used on the dining room floor. Each had three walls perforated by large windows whose rounded corners echoed the ones in the restaurant’s facade. Through the windows could be seen private dining booths separated by transparent floor-to-ceiling partitions.

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