UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — With New York City restaurants still not allowed to open for indoor dining, one Upper West Side joint has gotten creative in its quest to provide the best possible outdoor dining experience.
Introduce big plastic bubbles.
At Broadway and 104th Street, Cafe du Soleil is giving customers the option of eating their meals within a plastic bubble. The bubble is big enough to allow multiple people to dine comfortably at a table with chairs.
"The customers love them," owner Nadine Chevreux told the West Side Rag. "They feel cozy. If it rains or it's cold, there's no problem. They're not specifically for COVID, they're just regular bubbles. My husband got them on a website."
The dining bubbles have gained fast popularity across the city for the innovating idea, including a "Outdoor dining bubbles are the perfect solution for chilly NYC" headline from the NY Post.
However, a smaller group of Twitter users question if the bubbles have good enough airflow to make them coronavirus friendly.
"They just turned the 'safer' alternative of outdoor dining into the unsafe indoor dining. Arguably make it worse judging by the size of those bubbles and obvious lack of airflow," one Twitter user commented under a post about the Upper West Side restaurant.
Cafe du Soleil is a French bistro that serves fettuccine to short ribs to classic French soups. You can find out more about the UWS restaurant and the different menus it offers on its website.