Operating a Restaurant

Food Safety Workshops

Attend a food safety workshop to learn how to achive and maintain the highest food safety standards. Click the event to register.

  • Tuesday, June 4
    Registration: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Workshop: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Location: Staten Island Borough Hall, 10 Richmond Terrace (enter at Stuyvesant and Hyatt Streets), Staten Island
  • Wednesday, June 12
    Registration: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Workshop: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Location: One Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway, 11th Floor Conference Room, Manhattan
  • Thursday, July 11
    Registration: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Workshop: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Location: Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Boulevard, Room 200, Kew Gardens
  • Wednesday, July 17
    Workshop: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Location: Online (Zoom)
  • Wednesday, July 24
    Workshop: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Location: Online (Zoom)

Notice of Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rules

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is proposing to add a new Chapter 39 (Added Sugar Warning) to Title 24 of the Rules of the City of New York, requiring food service establishments (restaurants) that are part of a chain with 15 or more locations in the United States to warn consumers about menu items containing high amounts of added sugar (Proposal to Add Chapter 39 to Title 24 of the Rules of the City of New York).

You are invited to comment on the proposed rules. Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2024. A public meeting will be held online on Thursday, May 23, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, to hear comments on the rules.

To view the proposal and find out how to comment or how to join the meeting online, visit nyc.gov/health/orders and look under "Notices of Intention, 2024."


The Health Department provides guidance to restaurant operators to help them follow A-grade food safety practices and reduce fines and violations.

Requirements for Outdoor Dining Setups

If you plan to participate in the new Dining Out NYC program, review these requirements to make sure your outdoor dining setup is successful:

  • If your restaurant has 20 or more seats, including both indoor and outdoor seats, you must have a customer bathroom.
  • You may not allow smoking or vaping of any substance in any part of your outdoor dining setup. This follows the NYC Council's change to the Smoke Free Air Act.
  • You may allow dogs in your outdoor dining setup if you follow the Outdoor Dining With Dogs requirements (PDF).
  • You must expand your contract with a pest management professional so it covers your outdoor dining setup. For tips on hiring a pest management professional, see How to Reduce Rats Around Outdoor Dining (PDF).
  • You may not process food or store food, utensils or food equipment in the outdoor dining setup.
  • Floors in the outdoor dining setup must be made of durable, nonabsorbent materials that are easy to clean.

If you have questions about the:

Pest Prevention

Sodium and Calorie Labeling

Additional Resources

Food Safety Videos

Food Service Establishments: Hand-washing Sinks

If you prepare food, you must have a separate hand washing station near each place you prepare food and in each restroom. Learn what your business needs to know about placing and using hand-washing sinks.


Food Service Establishments: Keeping Food Safe by Keeping Track of Time

If you serve food to customers, it is important to monitor the food’s temperature and the time held at room temperature to ensure it is safe to serve. Learn what your business needs to know about holding food safely before serving.