In a city with so many iconic sights there’s no shortage of restaurants whose top-notch food isn’t the only thing you’ll be staring at.
1 La Birreria
As the name implies, the rooftop portion of Mario Batali's Eataly behemoth strays from the chef's usual pasta and offal specialization and focuses on ales and lagers. But there's plenty of formaggi, salumi and homemade sausage going around to complement the brews and views over the Flatiron District protected from the elements by a retractable roof.
2 The Loeb Boathouse Central Park
Always a hot ticket for private parties, the Boathouse is a particularly tough reservation now that Tavern on the Green no longer offers competition across the park. Still, it's worth the wait for a dinner reservation here--the restaurant is open April through November--especially if you snag a window seat looking out onto the lake.
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4 River Cafe
Any long-term New Yorker whose had a long-term relationship has probably celebrated one of its anniversaries at this 35-year-old classic just below the Brooklyn Bridge with shimmering views of the river and downtown skyline. Chef Brad Steelman's food, available on a $100 three-course prix fixe menu, also causes jaws to drop.
5 The View Restaurant
There may be no better reason to wade through Times Square than to arrive at a quiet restaurant 48 floors above midtown. New York's only revolving restaurant also has a rotating floor that lets guests take in a full 360 degree view while they tuck into American classics.