Best Dining With a View in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

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

Asiate
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.
Gaonnuri
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.
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.
Riverpark
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.
Alma
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.
Robert
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.