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8 restaurants with stunning views of New York City

New York is a city full of skyscrapers. That’s why seeing the city from above becomes something so special. There are several ways you can enjoy the views of the city. One is through observatories. And another way is through a cruise or even the Staten Island Ferry. And finally, another great idea to enjoy the city views is having lunch or dinner in a restaurant with a view. So today I’m going to list for you eight restaurants with stunning views of New York City.

1 Manhatta

This restaurant, which belongs to the Union Square Hospitality Group, combines beautiful views with a menu from chef Jason Pfeifer, offering seasonal options inspired by French flavors. Manhatta is located on the 60th floor of a building located in Downtown, on Liberty Street. Its prime location on a high floor and its expansive windows provide a breathtaking view of the city, overlooking the east, west, and midtown – you can spot the Empire State, Brooklyn Bridge, and Manhattan Bridge. The view is very similar to the ones from the One World Observatory.

The food menu has options starting at $24. Drinks are $19.

2 Peak

This restaurant is relatively new – it was opened in 2020 – and is located in Hudson Yards, on the 101st floor, more precisely above the Edge, one of the new observatories in the city. Directed by Executive Chef Chris Cryer and designed by renowned architect David Rockwell, Peak offers stunning views of the city in a sophisticated and elegant setting. It’s pretty much the same view you get from the Edge. Remember that the two-course prix fixe lunch menu starts at $68 – dinner is a la carte, and the entrées start at $36. In addition to the restaurant, Peak also features PEAKABOO, a bar experience every Thursday – Saturday night from 11pm – 2am. They offer light bites, bottle service, cocktails, and spectacular views – all with beats from New York’s best DJ’s.

  • Address: 30 Hudson Yards 101st floor.
  • Check the menus.
  • Did you know? When you dine at Peak you have complimentary access to Edge. Two amazing experiences! And remember that Edge closes at 10pm.

3 queensyard

This is another restaurant in the Hudson Yards. queensyard is a British-designed restaurant inspired by the rooms of an English country house. In fact, the decoration of the place is a dream and the view of the Vessel is a plus. The menu features modern British cuisine with influences on both sides of the Atlantic. I have been there for brunch and also for dinner and I loved it! The food is delicious – and the dishes are beautifully presented. There is a price-fix lunch option for $39 from Monday to Friday (starter and main course) and brunch for the same price as well (Saturday and Sunday). At dinner, main courses start at $33.

4. Le Pavillon

This is a restaurant by the famous chef Daniel Boulud and it is located in the One Vanderbilt building (hello Summit!). But remember: unlike the other restaurants in the post, which are on the top of buildings, this restaurant is on the second floor, but still has views of Grand Central and the Chrysler Building, in addition to a super sophisticated atmosphere, with a garden and olive trees. They have a price-fix menu – for lunch, it starts at $78. If you don’t want to have lunch or dinner there, you can enjoy the bar, which has probably the best view in the restaurant – they serve small bites (and drinks, of course!).

5 The Fulton

This is a restaurant located at the brand new Pier 17. Under the direction of the world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, it is the chef’s first restaurant focused on seafood. It has a super sophisticated atmosphere – plus the incredible view of the East River and the magnificent Brooklyn Bridge. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and brunch, and the menu includes various fish and seafood dishes. When I was there, we had oysters and also the Fish & Crisp, a (delicious) new version of the classic Fish & Chips, plus the Fish Stew, so delicious.  Seafood dishes are usually more expensive on average, and here they cost from $21 to $42.

6 Robert

It is a restaurant focused on American cuisine and open for lunch, dinner, and brunch. It is located on the ninth floor of the Museum of Arts and Design, in Columbus Circle, with views that overlook the Columbus Circle area and also Central Park. In addition, the decor has a very modern footprint, with purple chairs. It’s worth remembering that you do not have to buy a ticket for the museum to go to the restaurant – just go straight to the ninth floor using the elevator. On the brunch menu, there are egg dishes and other options, with prices ranging from $24 to $36. There are also sandwiches between $18 and $21 and a selection of pasta and risotto. For lunch (Monday to Friday) main dishes start at $20. At night, for dinner, the main dishes start at $27.

7 Celestine

Celestine features Mediterranean food and its prime location provides incredible views of the Manhattan Bridge and, depending on the table, also of the Brooklyn Bridge. The atmosphere is super cozy and the food is delicious too. In summer, the outdoor tables provide a super nice experience. During the brunch, served on Saturdays and Sundays, or lunch, from Monday to Friday, dishes starting at $16. As the inspiration is from the Mediterranean, you will find options like hummus, Greek salad, appetizers with pita bread, among others.  Also, Moroccan Donut is a great dessert choice! For dinner, the options start at $ 27.

8 The View

This is a restaurant that is located on the 47th floor of the New York Marriott Marquis, in the heart of Times Square. For the location, on top of a building, you can imagine that one of the highlights of the place is the view, right? In addition, it has a very special detail: no matter the location of your table, you will have the whole view, since it is a revolving restaurant.

The View is temporarily closed, but the lounge is open.

  • On Sundays only, The View offers brunch from 10 am to 1.30 pm. The buffet features three stations. One with assorted bread, bagels, and cakes – everything is freshly baked – salads and also cheeses, salami, and ham. The other station – and the largest one – features hot food. There are pasta, salmon, chicken, and vegetables, plus the typical American brunch options such as bacon, eggs, potatoes, and waffles. At the same station, you will find an omelet and pancakes bar as well. The last station is the desserts one, with a varied range of cheesecake and other delights, plus a chocolate fountain, to make your own fondue with fruit and marshmallows. There are coffee and juice and the brunch even includes two Mimosas per person. All this for the price of  $68 per person (not including taxes and tips). You can click here and check all the options for the buffet.
  • From Monday to Saturday, The View opens for dinner at 5:30 p.m., with a price-fix menu of $92, including appetizer, main course, and dessert. You can click here to check the options available on the menu.
  • Another thing worth mentioning is the Lounge, which is on the next floor, 48th, and is a bar. If your idea is to enjoy the view, it may be a good option. The Lounge requires a minimum of one drink per person and from 8 pm they charge a fee of $8 per person.
  • Endereço: 1535 Broadway.

Final tips

  • MAKE A RESERVATION! When it comes to the dining scene in NYC, I will always insist that reservations are a must. If it is a special restaurant, like the ones mentioned in the post, a reservation is even more important. Making a reservation in advance guarantees you not only a table but also the chance of a more privileged seat. Always mention in your reservation notes that you would like a table with a view or a table by the window. Here is a post with my favorite apps.
  • Are you going to celebrate something special? Birthday, anniversary, honeymoon, a promotion? Put that info on your reservation too. Many restaurants prepare some treat or courtesy (not a rule).
  • Check hours of operation on Google.
  • The prices quoted in the post are average. Menus and prices can change, so I always suggest checking the restaurant’s website – you can always check all the menus and prices.
  • Of course, don’t forget to tip!


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