A sight for sore eyes. These five NYC dining spots may differ from one another, but they’ve got one thing in common: a killer view. Grab a glass, kick back, and enjoy the al fresco show with our roundup of skyline staples.
1 River Café
Nothing begs for a trip across the pond quite like the River Café. With panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline skirted by the rolling waves of the East River, this iconic riverfront eatery has become an institution since its debut in 1977. Following a museum-quality replica restoration after the extensive damage brought on by Hurricane Sandy, River Café reopened its doors to the jacketed public good as new (or in this case, old). The trusty menu mainstays and unbeatable view keep regulars coming back for a classic experience time and time again.
1 Water Street at East River
Ah, NoMad. The crème de la crème of avant garde fine dining with a view. This elite private rooftop experience features 1,950 square feet of gorgeous indoor/outdoor wining and dining space complete with lush greenery and impeccable design detail. Seeking the perfect spot for an unforgettable affair and an unreal view? Look no further - this baby's got it all. New York's private affairs just stepped up their game.
1170 Broadway between 28th and 29th Streets
Elegance, simplicity and vitality come alive at Asiate, The Mandarin Oriental’s contemporary American-Asian influenced restaurant. This Columbus Circle gem offers one of the most unique dining settings in all of NYC palate-awakening flavors almost as awe-inspiring as the panoramic view. Take in Asiate’s uniquely curated menu accompanied by a wine selection 1,300 strong. And that treetop sculpture hanging overhead? Yeah, that's directly modeled after Central Park’s glistening winter branches. Dinner with a view takes on a whole new meaning.
80 Columbus Circle between Broadway and Columbus Avenue
4 The Loeb Boathouse
Consider "NYC staple" a severe understatement. The Loeb Boathouse in the heart of Central Park is a serene and iconic piece of history cherished by Manhattanites and tourists of all ages. Boating enthusiasts and brunchers gather here for the rowboats still afloat and menu favorites like steak paillard, or a combination of the two. Whether it's date night, a special event, or the simple celebration of New York City's historic charm, the Loeb Boathouse is the perfect watering hole (pun intended) for all occasions.
East 72nd near Fifth Avenue (inside Central Park)
5 Nougatine & The Terrace at Jean-Georges
The casual, earth-toned sister of Jean-Georges serves as an ultra-chic gateway between fine dining and the great outdoors. Enjoy JG's market-driven dishes in the comfort of lush greenery and an outstanding view of Central Park just beyond the terrace, the perfect setting for al fresco aficionados. There's really not much better than a parkside signature cocktail while lounging on plush Philippe Starck furniture, now is there? Unless of course Monsieur Vongerichten is involved. While the terrace may be seasonal, Nougatine and its floor-to-ceiling windows welcome fanatics year-round.
1 Central Park West between 60th and 61st Street