7 Restaurants With the Best Views in NYC

7 Restaurants With the Best Views in NYC

The thing about New York City is that there is always a view to take in. Whether it’s the impressive skyline, lush parks or one of the waterfronts, a great view can be enjoyed that much more while you’re also dining in style. Here are seven spectacular restaurants that provide you with something pretty to look at during your meal.

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The Water Club (Kips Bay): Situated on the East River, The Water Club has panoramic views of the coastlines Queens and Brooklyn. This elegant waterfront restaurant offers award-winning traditional American cuisine and serves up one of the most popular Sunday brunches in the city. A private lot with complimentary valet parking and three private rooms for large or more intimate gatherings are available as well.

il Fornetto (Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn): This waterfront Italian eatery overlooks Sheepshead Bay giving guests lovely views of Manhattan Beach across the water. With a $14.95 prix fixe lunch menu and $26.95 prix fixe dinner menu—as well as generous à la carte menus for brunch, lunch, dinner and its lounge-bar, Café Fornetto—there is something for everyone among the authentic Italian cuisine served here.  

Rare View Chelsea (©Ashley Sears)

Rare View Chelsea (Chelsea): This year-round rooftop bar features a 360° view of New York City surrounding you from within the middle of Manhattan. The cocktails and menus change seasonally, but with a retractable roof and a heated enclosure during the cooler months, you can enjoy this view any time. This fall, enjoy Football Sundays at Rare View Chelsea—munch on mini burgers, wings, rib eye nachos and brisket quesadillas from their special Game Day Grub menu as you watch the big games with the Big Apple all around you.

Maiella (Long Island City, Queens): Located beneath the famous Pepsi sign in Gantry State Park, Maiella is an authentic Italian restaurant that offers sweeping views of New York City from its waterfront spot along the East River. The menu offers a modern take on traditional Italian dishes with house-made pastas, a variety of parmigianas and speciality cocktails, among other items. 

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The River Café (DUMBO, Brooklyn): Enjoy classic New American dishes as you take in scenic views of the New York City skyline and Statue of Liberty from this charming Michelin-starred restaurant nestled beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. A favorite destination for many because of its location and celebrated cuisine, this upscale establishment offers weekend brunch, nightly dinners and both breakfast and lunch during weekdays.

Delegates Dining Room at the United Nations (Midtown East): Yes—you can eat “Where the World Meets!” Enjoy panoramic views of New York City and Queens from the fourth floor of the United Nations Headquarters that overlooks the East River. From 11:30 am to 2:30 pm on weekdays, guests can enjoy a prix fixe buffet lunch ($34.99). Reservations are required and it is suggested that you arrive about 15 minutes before said reservations because you will need to pass through security (photo ID required).

Robert (Columbus Circle): Located above the Museum of Arts and Design—though you can access the restaurant without having to purchase admission to the museum—Robert has a magnificent view of Columbus Circle and Central Park. Perfect for any time of year, it’s especially fun to watch the changing seasons and take in the beautiful fall foliage. Call ahead to reserve a table next to the window, though there’s really not a bad seat to take in the sights.


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