Overview

Eating, break time, and camaraderie used to all go hand in hand; in the face of the pandemic, however, we must follow practices that keep each other safe. That includes how we eat.

Generally speaking, we want to minimize the likelihood of spreading COVID-19 and the amount of time members NYUers aren’t wearing their masks. Accordingly, eat outdoors if you can. It is the safest way to eat for you and others. If you can't eat outdoors, follow the guidance below for students and employees.

Do’s and Don’ts of Indoor Eating

  • Food is not permitted at indoor events and gatherings, in-person classes, or meetings, including workplace meetings or celebrations.
  • You are permitted to lower your mask for a brief moment to sip water or another beverage outside of quick stops or designated eating areas.
  • You should spend a minimal amount of time in the quick stops and designated eating areas. This recommended short time frame simultaneously (1) minimizes the amount of time that people are in indoor spaces together with other people without masks; and (2) allows for more people to use the designated eating spaces. Note that students are permitted to use quick stops for a maximum of 15 minutes.
  • You may not use quick stops and designated eating areas for purposes other than eating or drinking. Other activities such as talking on the phone or other personal activities should be done in other spaces where everyone is wearing a mask.
  • You must have a Daily Screener GREEN PASS to eat indoors on-campus.
    • Employees with Daily Screener YELLOW PASS due to non-compliance with NYU’s vaccination requirements are not permitted to eat anywhere indoors on-campus.

Indoor Eating for Students

Quick Stop Spaces

Quick Stop Spaces are locations on campus where eating is permitted for students. Unlike learning spaces, these spaces cannot be reserved in advance but are allocated on a first come, first served basis. View these locations on a map, or on the Scan and Reserve app.

Building Room Street Address
Bobst LL1-16 70 Washington Square South
Kimmel 2nd floor, east lounge 60 Washington Square South
Kimmel 2nd floor terrace 60 Washington Square South
GCASL 2nd floor lounge 238 Thompson
GCASL 3rd floor lounge 238 Thompson
GCASL 5th floor lounge 238 Thompson
721 Broadway Riese Lounge, 1st floor 721 Broadway
Kaufman Sosnoff Cafe, 1st floor 44 West 4th Street
Tisch Hall 411-413 40 West 4th Street
2 MetroTech 800 and 800CA 2 MetroTech
370 Jay 205 370 Jay
5 MetroTech LC 102 5 MetroTech
6 MetroTech 209 6 MetroTech

Indoor Eating Guidance for Employees

Eat outside when possible. If you can’t eat outdoors, the next best option is to eat alone in a private space or office with the door closed. If a private space is not available, use a designated eating area.

Designated Eating Areas for Employees

Managers should identify areas within their workspaces that can be designated as eating areas for employees and students:

  • Types of spaces: These can include break rooms, conference rooms, and other larger spaces.
  • Physical distancing: Designated eating areas must be set-up to facilitate 6 feet distance between people.
  • Set-up:
    • Physical distancing can be supported through the design of the room, such as reducing the number of chairs available and setting up tables to be 6 feet apart.
    • Where possible, the chairs should all be facing the same direction.
    • Where possible, rooms that have windows should be left open to improve ventilation. Fans can also be placed to help to improve air circulation.
    • Signage should be posted designating the space for eating and drinking.
  • Use:
    • Designated eating locations are not permitted to be used for purposes other than eating or drinking. Other activities such as work, changing clothes, presentations, resting, or other personal activities are not permitted in designated eating areas and instead should be done in other spaces where everyone is wearing a mask.
    • When eating in a designated eating space:
      • 1) everyone should maintain a 6 foot distance from other people eating in the space;
      • 2) everyone should face the same direction while eating; and
      • 3) everyone should finish their meal promptly to reduce exposure and allow colleagues to eat.
  • Duration:
    • You are permitted to lower your mask for a brief moment to sip water or another beverage outside of designated eating areas.
    • You should spend a minimal amount of time, approximately 15 minutes, in the designated eating areas – the minimal time necessary to eat your snack or meal. This recommended short time frame simultaneously (1) minimizes the amount of time that people are in indoor spaces together with other people without masks; and (2) allows for more people to use the designated eating spaces.

If a designated eating area is not available, employees who are compliant with NYU’s vaccination requirement may eat at their desks provided that 1) their workspace is not within 6 feet of another employee’s occupied workspace, and 2) there is consent from the other employees in the shared space.

Outdoor Open Spaces Near NYU

Find an outdoor location or public park near NYU in the list below or on this map.