Temperatures are climbing, and we can’t think of a more refreshing way to indulge than outdoors with a stellar view. Test out each of Luxury Attaché’s Top 5 Restaurants to Dine & Drink With A View.
1 The River Café
The River Café is nestled beneath the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and boasts panoramic views of the skyscraper-dotted skyline and the Statue of Liberty. A New York icon, locals and visitors alike return to The River Café for its exquisite setting and meticulously prepared cuisine. Stroll through the picturesque garden before or after indulging in rare delicacies, such as the Branzino Filet with chorizo sausage and shrimp “stuffing,” smoked tiny vine tomatoes, petite zucchini, and charred lemon confit. Romantic piano music, fresh floral arrangements and breathtaking views make dining at this riverside restaurant a truly humbling New American adventure for each of your five senses.
Elegance, simplicity and vitality come alive at Asiate, The Mandarin Oriental’s contemporary American-Asian influenced restaurant. Awe-inspiring, Asiate showcases one of the most unique dining settings in all of NYC and delectable flavors to awaken your palate. Taste the Wagyu Beef served with smoked potato puree, braised short rib and Yuzu Koshou and sample from Asiate’s 1,300 velvety wines while taking in the stylish décor and stunning views. The tree-branch sculpture hanging overhead is directly modeled out of Central Park’s glistening winter treetops, creating an all-encompassing and immersive dining experience.
3 Eleven Madison Park
Internationally renowned Chef Daniel Humm exudes brilliance and humility through Eleven Madison Park’s divine multi-course tasting menu. The extraordinary agricultural bounty and nostalgic culinary traditions of the East Coast shine brightly at Eleven Madison Park, and complement a magnificent view of Madison Square Park. Oh, and don’t forget dessert: Humm has an abundance of esoteric ice cream flavors — think cornbread, salted caramel, popcorn or brown butter — in accordance with more substantive treats such as a gourmet blueberry cobbler, a chocolate-caramel torte, chocolate ganache with chestnut honey and a chocolate-peanut butter tart.
4 Per Se
Per Se modernizes and urbanizes The French Laundry with earthly materials, colorful accents, and historic symbols in a grandiose space overlooking Central Park. With unsurpassable charm and regality, Per Se has a distinct French identity diners revere. Chef and Owner Thomas Keller has thoughtfully compiled a seasonal menu catering to the most mature of palates, serving two nine course tasting menus daily to surprise and astound diners. International wine options from viticultural regions will further ensure your refined evening overlooking Manhattan’s most beloved park will be nothing short of breathtaking.
5 The Central Park Boathouse
A New York City mainstay to be sure, this more than 150 year old classic special occasion spot finds itself smack dab in the center of one of the most lush and serene landscapes in all of Manhattan--Central Park. Loved by Manhattanites young and old, visitors and true nature-seekers alike, there is something to please everyone, beyond the unsurpassable lakeside views and the unique, romantic, understated formality that is. Brunch is particularly stellar, and includes delectable twists on classic favorites like steak paillard with an egg and gruyere tart, and a sumptuous challah french toast that marries perfectly with its accompanying Grand Marnier banana compote. Cap off your memorable dining experience with a guided Venetian-style gondola ride, or rent your very own rowboat to take a whirl around the lake.