Dining with a View: 10 Picturesque NYC Restaurants

Dining atop skyscrapers and beneath world-famous bridges: anything’s possible in New York City. The Insta opportunities are endless at these restaurants offering views of the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Central Park, among other iconic sights. Plan your next date or special occasion at one of these 10 restaurants with incredible atmosphere and jaw-dropping vistas of the city.

Bar SixtyFive at The Rainbow Room

Bar SixtyFive

360-degree views at the top of 30 Rock? Yes, please. The storied Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center welcomes awestruck diners to Bar SixtyFive for daily food and drink in the sky. Shareable plates like mushroom and truffle flatbread pair perfectly with craft cocktails like the bubbly Raspberry Beret, or you might want a SixtyFive Bar Burger all to yourself. There is limited outdoor space at Bar SixtyFive, but keep in mind you’ll have to spend $85 minimum per person. Reservations recommended at this very popular rooftop. 30 Rockefeller Pl., 212-632-5000, 


Peak Restaurant NYC

We’re about six weeks from the opening of Edge, the highest outdoor observation deck in the city (and the Western Hemisphere, in fact). Not only will Edge boast extraordinary views, but you’ll also find a restaurant called Peak on the 101st floor. A New York Post story reports that chef Christopher Cryer’s menu will focus on sustainable ingredients and that the seating layout maximizes the stellar vantages of the city. 20 Hudson Yards, 

Pier A Oyster House

Pier A Oyster House

There’s nothing like a clear view of the Statue of Liberty—and it’s even better with fresh oysters. Visit the casual, all-day eatery Pier A Oyster House, located in the 1886 boathouse that once served New York’s vibrant maritime industry. Have fresh, local oysters, Old Bay fries, and drinks like the Red Snapper for lunch, brunch, or dinner at this welcoming indoor/outdoor spot. 22 Battery Pl.,  212-785-0153,

Lakeside Restaurant at The Loeb Boathouse

Loeb Boathouse

Take your meal next to a cinematic New York sight: the Lake at Central Park. Watch people row boats as you take in lunch, brunch, or dinner (dinner served April through November). Indulge in a New York brunch of bagel and smoked fish or a light lunch of crab cake and salad. Adjacent to Lakeside Restaurant is the more casual Outside Bar, with globally inspired bar food and drinks like the Boathouse Margarita. The Lake at Central Park, at E 75th St, 212-517-2233,

One Dine

One Dine One World Observatory

Not only can you take in the extraordinary views atop One World Trade Center, but you can also have a meal there! One Dine, located in the world’s sixth tallest building, offers tasty pan-American fare within sight of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and the Hudson River. Try local Long Island Duck Breast with the popular Calamari starter, and enjoy a drink at One Mix bar after the sun sets. One World Observatory tickets required before seating. 285 Fulton St., 212-602-4075,


The bustle of Columbus Circle and the serenity of Central Park: take it all in at Robert. Located on the top floor of the Museum of Arts and Design, this bright, airy interior wears its commitment to craft proudly, with contemporary bespoke lighting and design pieces throughout. On Chef Gonzalo Colin’s menu are flavorful, fresh ingredients for brunch, lunch, dessert, and dinner. Plant-eaters will appreciate the zucchini pasta dish and thoughtful salads, while the proteins like halibut with pickled cauliflower won’t disappoint. Better yet, you’ll often hear live music to enhance the sensational view. 2 Columbus Cir., 212-299-7730,

The View

The View

In case the name didn’t tip you off, The View certainly delivers on vistas. But there’s a twist—literally. While wining and dining atop the Marriott Marquis Hotel at Times Square, you won’t just take in the stunning skyline from one spot in the house; the entire dining room rotates every 30 minutes to give you a new vantage of the city. These upscale tasting menus at brunch and dinner offer seasonal fare like Atlantic scallops with corn puree and Colorado lamb with truffle polenta. Snacks, a dinner buffet, and drinks are served at The View’s Lounge on the 48th floor (don’t fret, this floor revolves too!). 1535 Broadway, 47th-48th Fl., 212-704-8900,

Stella 34 Trattoria

One of Macy’s many surprises is Stella 34 Trattoria, the elegant Italian restaurant on the sixth floor. Visit the flagship department store for Empire State Building views, very good Neapolitan pizza, and a wine list boasting exclusively Italian labels. A family-friendly pick, Stella also serves artisanal gelato and smaller dishes of its housemade pasta for kids. 151 W 34th St., 6th Fl., 212-967-9251,

The River Cafe

River Cafe

Among the old guard of classic New York fine dining is the impeccable River Cafe. Its prime location adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge makes it a perfect special occasion pick (don’t be surprised if you witness an engagement while there). There’s even a famous chocolate Brooklyn Bridge on the dessert menu to match the skyline view. Enjoy fine wine and tasty New American fare, the recipient of a Michelin star, while savoring live piano at The River Cafe. 1 Water St., 718-522-5200,


A bit more covert than other rooftop picks on this list, Gaonnuri occupies the 39th floor of a nondescript midtown office building. Inside you’ll find expansive windows offering fantastic vistas of the Empire State Building, plus Korean barbecue on the menu. You can opt to cook pork belly or other proteins at your table’s built-in grill, or choose mains like the Hot Stone Bowl with rice. The black forest cake surrounded with Baked Alaska makes a fiery, tasty conclusion to your meal. 1250 Broadway, 39th Fl., 212-971-9045,

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Merrill Lee Girardeau lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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