Best Dining With a View in NYC

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants with views in New York City.

Asian · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.5

“Elegant, calm” surroundings and “spectacular views” over Central Park make an “incomparable” backdrop for the “exquisite” New American cuisine at this “special-occasion” go-to “atop the Mandarin Oriental” ; the prices are equally “out of this world” (dinner is prix fixe–only), but “stellar” service helps take the sting out – and the 'express' lunch is a “steal.”
Korean · West 30s · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.1

Its “biggest appeal” is the “stellar” panoramic Midtown vistas from its “chic” , 39th-floor space, but this “upmarket” player on the K-town scene also “holds its own” with “stylishly prepared” Korean fare, including “traditional” tabletop BBQ; service is variable and you “pay for the view” , but that “sunset over the Hudson” is more than “worth it.”
Michael Jordan's The Steak House N.Y.C.
Seafood · East 40s · $$$
Food 3.9 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.9

It's the “unusual location” – a balcony overlooking the “scurrying” masses in Grand Central's Main Concourse – that's the hook at this “reliable” chophouse, where the beef is “aged” and the prices “high” ; critics find “nothing original” here, but to fans the “cool setting” alone is a “slam dunk.”
The Modern
American · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

“Reliably superb” French–New American cuisine “as modern as the art” is the deal at Danny Meyer’s “effortlessly chic” eatery inside MoMA, where the “tranquil” dining room boasts “lovely” sculpture garden views and service is “impeccable” ( “refreshing” no-tipping policy notwithstanding); such “high-end sophistication” is unsurprisingly “pricey” , but the “more casual” front bar area is “easier on the wallet.”
Per Se
French · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

Thomas Keller’s Time Warner Center “high temple” of French–New American cuisine is “truly an event” given the “fabulous” tasting menu, “unimpeachable” service and “posh” , jackets-required surrounds overlooking Central Park; while the “through-the-roof” set price may limit visits to “once in a blue moon” , those of more limited means “love the à la carte option” in the lounge.
American · Murray Hill · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

“Out of the way and hard to find” , this “serene” hideaway in a Murray Hill office park offers Tom Colicchio’s “sophisticated” New American food showcasing “divine” seasonal dishes sourced from its own herb garden; the “special-occasion” pricing is offset by “inexpensive parking” and a “spectacular” East River view.
Mexican · Columbia Street Waterfront District · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.9

“Mind-altering” Manhattan skyline views from a rooftop are the bait at this Columbia Street Waterfront District Mexican where the chow is as “solid” as the margaritas are “strong” ; an “off-the-beaten-path” address “not close to public transportation” makes “walking shoes” the footwear of choice.
American · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.1

It's all about the “wondrous” Central Park views at this museum “aerie” high above Columbus Circle, though its “pricey” American fare is “fine” too – and frequent live jazz further boosts the “special” mood; fans say the experience is just as “striking” over cocktails in the lounge, but either way, a window table is “key.”
Porter House Bar and Grill
Steakhouse · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

They “know how to cook a steak” at Michael Lomonaco's “chic” Time Warner Center chophouse, where the beef is “juicy and fork-tender” and the “modern” surroundings get a boost from “spectacular” Central Park views; “caring” servers take the edge off the predictably “big checks.”
The Sea Grill
Seafood · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

With a “prime setting” overlooking the skating rink and holiday Christmas tree, this “iconic” Rock Center seafood specialist is a “treat” that's “not just for tourists” ; sure, the pricing is “special-occasion” level, but the “quality” fare and “exceptional” service are “worth the occasional splurge.”
Stella 34 Trattoria
Italian · West 30s · $$$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“You forget you're in Macy’s” while dining at this “stylish” Midtown “respite” from the Patina Group offering “tasty” pastas, pizzas and other Italian bites (including “don’t-miss” gelati) in “airy” , “modern” digs; “gorgeous” panoramic views of Herald Square “add to the charm.”
The View Restaurant & Lounge
West 40s · $$$$
Food 3.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 3.9

“As the name implies” , it's all about the “second-to-none” 360-degree views of Manhattan at this “revolving” Times Square hotel eatery; just “be prepared to spend” to dine on “so-so” prix fixe–only American fare with “lots of tourists” , though even jaded natives admit it can be a “fun experience.”