Sidewalk cafes in NYC

It may already be Labor Day weekend, but the warm weather will stick around for a while longer, which means it's the perfect time to dine al fresco.

And all it takes to find this and over 1,300 establishments with licensed outdoor dining space is a visit to the Department of Consumer Affairs website, which now has a map of outdoor dining options in the city, searchable by ZIP code. Simply decide on a neighborhood and join the happy outdoor diners enjoying the last weeks of mild weather.

Daniel Gritzer, the culinary director at seriouseats.com, says outdoor dining means big business for New York restaurants. And Gritzer emphasizes that the Big Apple is the perfect setting for outdoor dining.

So enjoy all your outdoor dining this weekend -- while you still can! 

Click here for the interactive map to find a cafe.

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