The best view restaurants in NYC are never too far away. Spectacular sights abound in this city – whether waterfront, street view or panoramic outlooks of the skyline. And when it comes to rooftop views, NYC’s got some of the most amazing there are.
When dining out, the view of New York City is perhaps the best company you could ask for. It elevates the meal (sometimes literally) and creates a memory that will last long after you’ve licked the crumbs from your dessert plate.
The Best View Restaurants In NYC
The River Café
1 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY
A New York City Classic with prime real estate under the Brooklyn Bridge, the AAA Four Diamond Rated River Café (pictured above) has been wowing customers with romantic views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty since 1977. Serving classic New American fare, the newly renovated restaurant consistently receives rave reviews. Nightly piano music enhances the ambiance. A dress code is enforced for dinner and any time after 4 p.m., when men are required to wear jackets and ties are preferred.
The View Restaurant & Lounge
The Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway, New York, NY
High above Times Square, The View is NYC’s only revolving rooftop restaurant. Located within the Marriott Marquis hotel, express glass elevators whisk guests up to the 48th floor, where they are met with eye-level views of some of the tallest buildings in Manhattan. The revolving floor makes a 360-degree turn every hour, so the sights are always changing. Contemporary American cuisine is served, featuring an award-wining wine list, prix fixe dinner menu and a Sunday mimosa brunch buffet. One floor up, The View Lounge serves cocktails and a dinner buffet until late night. Unlike the main restaurant, the lounge operates on a first-come, first-serve basis with no reservations required.
The Mandarin Oriental
80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street, New York, NY
Part of the AAA Five Diamond Rated Mandarin Oriental (one of our top romantic spots in NYC), Asiate accentuates the hotel’s top selling point – its stunning panoramic views from the top of the Time Warner Center overlooking Central Park, Columbus Circle and beyond. The interior, which incorporates elements of nature and a wine wall with more than 3,000 bottles, is equally stunning. Modern and contemporary American dishes are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which offers a six-course Chef’s tasting menu. On the weekend, the restaurant is also open for a three-course prix fixe brunch.
450 Eat 29th Street, New York, NY
Tom Colicchio’s farm-to-table restaurant is visually impressive, inside and out. Situated on the edge of the East River, guests are treated to water views from the dining room’s large surrounding windows or can choose from two outdoor dining options. On the patio, traditional seating and full menus are served, while the terrace provides a more casual and communal atmosphere with picnic tables. Featuring modern American cuisine, the menus change daily, using fresh and seasonal ingredients from local greenmarkets, farms and Riverpark’s own extensive urban farm, located beside the restaurant.
One World Trade Center
285 Fulton Street, New York, NY
On the 101st floor of One World Trade Center, ONE Dine is one of three on-site eateries that are part of One World Observatory (that’s a lot of ones!). Serving a casual a la carte menu of seasonally-inspired items, the sit-down restaurants overlooks the main observation floor and boasts panoramic city views from every angle. Reservations are required and can only be made with the purchase of a ticket to the Observatory. Read all about the unparalleled experience at One World Observatory here.
Pier A Harbor House
22 Battery Place, New York, NY
One of the best view restaurants in NYC for sunsets over the water, Pier A Harbor House sits at the edge of Battery Park up against the Hudson River and calls the The Statue of Liberty its neighbor. Housed in a revamped 19th century historical building, the large space features a beer hall, raw bar and indoor and outdoor seating. The space is spread out over three floors, the first of which is more causal, while the second is for a more fine dining experience -and comes complete with an intimate cocktail bar – and the third is dedicated to special events.
Pier 25 Hudson River Park, New York, NY
Can’t get enough water views? Grand Banks is a seasonal oyster bar that makes its home aboard the historic Sherman Zwicker, a wooden schooner anchored in the Hudson with great views of NYC and New Jersey. Feel like you’re on vacation as you enjoy a nautically-inspired cocktail or glass of wine or champagne with all the sustainably harvested and wild-caught East and West coast oysters your heart desires. Although the star of the menu is the oysters, Chef Kerry Heffernan also serves up a concise menu of ingredient-driven small-plates and brunch.
Food & Drinks With Rooftop Views NYC
8-08 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City, NY
With prime views of the Manhattan skyline and Queensboro Bridge, this indoor/outdoor Asian Pacific bistro and lounge sits on the top of the Ravel Hotel in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Long Island City. A Hawaiian and Asian-inspired menu offers up a selection of sushi and sashimi alongside dishes such as Angry Lobster, prepared in miso butter with a ginger glaze, and the signature 24-ounce ribeye with pineapple. Following the theme, tropical libations include the sharable Volcanic Tiki, which comes served in a smoking tiki head. Dinner and brunch are both served, each with a prix-fixe option. And unlike many other restaurants with rooftop views in NYC, Penthouse 808 is climate controlled, allowing the space to stay open year-round.
200 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Located in Eataly, the Flat Iron District’s Italian food market, La Birreria (Italian for “The Brewery”) is a cool, relaxed space with even cooler views. Here you can sip on craft brews made in casks within eye-shot of your bar stool while overlooking the Empire State Building and the surrounding New York City skyline. Sweeten the deal by pairing it all with one of the casual, Italian-inspired dishes made with fresh ingredients from the market below. It doesn’t matter the weather or the season – a retractable roof and heaters take care of all that. For summer 2016, La Birreria has been transformed into the beachy pop-up restaurant SABBIA, designed with cabana-style décor and an all-new food and drink menu to elicit the feeling of the Italian seaside.
The Press Lounge at Ink48
653 11th Avenue, New York, NY
Part of Ink48 hotel and the sister venue of AAA Three Diamond Rated restaurant PRINT (one of our top picks for restaurants near Broadway), the Press Lounge is an elegant rooftop setting with sweeping views of Midtown Manhattan and the Hudson River. Guests who are 21 years of age and over are invited to take the elevator up and get some fresh air and sample seasonally inspired cocktails and small plates. No reservations are required or accepted and no cover charge is enforced. Dinner guests at PRINT are always invited up without having to wait in line.
Rooftop Garden Café & Martini Bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Guests can access this treasure atop the Met via the elevator in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts galleries. Open seasonally from early May to October, the rooftop delivers panoramic views of Central Park and features a new art installation every summer (for 2016, Cornelia Parker’s exhibition Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) is on display). The café serves specialty drinks, small plates, salads, sandwiches and sweets and on Friday and Saturday nights it becomes a martini bar. The rooftop follows the same hours as the museum, so plan accordingly.
Pod 39 Hotel
145 East 39th Street, New York, NY, inside Pod 39 Hotel
A partnership between Chef April Bloomfield of Michelin starred and AAA Diamond Rated restaurants the Breslin Bar & Dining Room and The Spotted Pig and restaurateur Ken Friedman, Salvation Taco is exactly where you want to be after a long work week. The taqueria and cantina serves a uniquely unconventional – and delicious – menu of tacos, both internationally inspired and traditional. Visit the rooftop lounge (open from noon to late night) before or after your meal – or after a rousing match at the restaurant’s ping pong tables – for a cocktail with chips and salsa or a sampling of tacos from the abbreviated rooftop menu. Despite being enveloped by skyscrapers, the brick and column structures surrounding Pod 39 hotel’s roof provides picture-perfect windows that peer out to the streets below.
And there you have it – some of the best view restaurants in NYC. Have you been to any of these? Do you have any other favorite restaurants in the area with great views that you would like to add? Tell is us in the comments.
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