5 Best Waterfront Restaurants to Dine With a Breathtaking View in NYC

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You don’t have to buy a plane ticket to experience a true getaway at sunset over a delicious meal and drinks. There are restaurants across the Metropolitan area that have some of the best views of the Manhattan skyline. So escape for the day and take in unparalleled views at these five memorable hotspots.

1 Molos

Molos is a Greek and Mediterranean inspired seafood restaurant located on the Hudson River. Guests are invited to take in unimaginably beautiful unobstructed views of Manhattan, while feeling worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle. The Greek dishes on Molos’ menu courtesy of Executive Chef Gregory Zapantis are as impressive and unforgettable as the picture-perfect views of the New York City skyline. Zapantis was forged by the values of a traditional fisherman's family who respected the sea and all that it generously brought to their tables. Surrounded by the succulent flavors of charcoal grilled fish, and recipes handed down from generation to generation, he quickly mastered the skills of treating seafood. Molos is open for lunch, brunch and dinner.
1 Pershing Road Weehawken, NJ, 07086 (201) 223-1200

2 Surf City

Surf City is a waterfront beach bar and restaurant with unbelievable views of Manhattan and Liberty Island. Gather your friends on any of their four outdoor decks or next to a roaring fire pit on a starry night. Drink exotic, fruity cocktails and socialize while watching boats sail in and out of the harbor. There are no other waterfront spots in Jersey City that equal Surf City’s laid back, surf style and magnificent location. Surf City has 75 beers on tap with a constantly changing selection of European imports and U.S. Craft beers
1 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 (201) 516-9000

3 La Marina

La Marina boasts unparalleled views nestled just below The Cloisters at the end of Dyckman Street along the Hudson River. The newly rebuilt restaurant, bar, lounge and event space spans more than 75,000 square feet of waterfront in Upper Manhattan. A short walk from the A-train, La Marina is an ideal spot to enjoy cocktails at sunset, to hop off your bike for a break or to enjoy a romantic, moonlit dinner for two. La Marina offers a unique experience that infuses a touch of South Beach, Florida in Manhattan.
348 Dyckman Street New York, NY, 10034 (212) 567-6300

4 Riverview Restaurant

Riverview Restaurant is nestled on the ground floor of one of Long Island City's tallest high-rises, decked out in modernist décor, and with virtual dibs on the bucolic Gantry Plaza State Park and the pristine Midtown Manhattan skyline. Riverview offers an uncharacteristically peaceful NYC indoor and outdoor dining experience.
2-01 50th Avenue Long Island City, NY, 11101 (718) 392-5000

5 The River Café

The River Café is one of New York’s most unique locations. Located under the Brooklyn Bridge with sweeping views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, this elegant restaurant has, since 1977, been a favorite destination for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. The River Café’s exquisite setting, beautiful decor and seamless service, award winning wine list and romantic piano music nightly make it a perennial classic. Whether you’re coming for dinner or a private party, be sure to leave some time to enjoy The River Café’s spectacular garden
1 Water Street Brooklyn, NY, 11201 (718) 522-5200
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