The best restaurants with a view in NYC are not hard to come by. Spectacular sights abound in the 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.
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The Best Restaurants With a View in NYC
The River Café
1 Water Street, Brooklyn
A New York City Classic with prime real estate under the Brooklyn Bridge, the AAA Four Diamond Rated River Café has been wowing customers with romantic views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty since 1977. Serving classic New American fare, the 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
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
Part of the AAA Five Diamond Rated Mandarin Oriental, 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.
Riverpark (temporarily closed)
450 Eat 29th Street
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
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.
Pier A Harbor House (temporarily closed)
22 Battery Place
One of the best restaurants with a view 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
Can’t get enough water views? When it comes to the best view restaurants in NYC, Grand Banks – based aboard the historic Sherman Zwicker, a wooden schooner anchored in the Hudson – is unforgettable. Open seasonally, you’ll 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 and Drinks With Rooftop Views
Cantor Roof Garden Bar (temporarily closed)
1000 Fifth Avenue
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. 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.
8-08 Queens Plaza South
With prime views of the Manhattan skyline and Queensboro Bridge, this indoor/outdoor bistro and lounge sits on the top of the Ravel Hotel in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Long Island City. The Asian and South-American menu offers up an a la carte selection of sushi rolls, sharables and dinner plates, as well as a prefix dinner menu. And unlike other restaurants with rooftop views in NYC, The Penthouse is climate controlled, allowing the space to stay open year-round.
Serra by Birreria
200 Fifth Avenue
Located in Eataly, the Flat Iron District’s Italian food market, Serra by Birreria is a rooftop restaurant perfect for those that enjoy change. While many restaurants update their menus with the seasons, the overall design of Serra’s greenhouse-themed space is also made to shift from spring to summer to fall. And with a retractable roof and heaters, the weather outside won’t stop you from enjoying your meal or the view.
The Press Lounge at Ink48
653 11th Avenue
Part of Ink48 hotel and the sister venue of AAA Three Diamond Rated restaurant PRINT, 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.
And there you have it – some of the best restaurants with a view in NYC.
Have you been to any of these restaurants? Do you have any other favorites spots the area with great views that you would like to add? Tell is us in the comments.