Seven NYC Restaurants with Not to Miss Views

Ushering in the first official week of summer naturally calls for some time enjoying the city in the sunshine. While that often means rooftop bars and parks, NYC also has a plethora of restaurants with breathtaking views. From panoramas of Lower Manhattan to Central Park to Columbus Circle, here are some of our fav restaurants with not-to-miss views:  


View of Columbus Circle from Porter House Bar and Grill. PC: @acupofkeen

Porter House Bar and Grill

The Porter House Bar and Grill, an upscale steakhouse in the Time Warner Center, provides sweeping views of Columbus Circle and Central Park. Serving up all of your favorite American steakhouse fare, this restaurant is not to be missed for patrons that want to enjoy a hefty steak with a side of Central Park views. Don’t skip out on the hash browns, either!


View of Central Park from Per Se. PC: @foxjunker


Per Se

Thomas Keller’s three-star Michelin restaurant, Per Se – which also resides in the Time Warner Center – contributes similar views to that of the Porter House Bar and Grill. It, however, serves ultra-luxe American food often with a price tag of upwards of $350 per person. Central Park and Columbus Circle are visible, as are diners dressed to the nines.


View of Central Park from The Loeb Boathouse. PC: @carolinepicsnyc

The Loeb Boathouse

The Loeb Boathouse also does American cuisine but its lakeside location in the middle of Central Park makes it one of the most spectacular and romantic settings in the city. The restaurant is indoors but they do feature a dining area that is al fresco, which is highly recommended.



View from Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room. PC: @macys


Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room 

On the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center, Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room is the highest terrace bar in NYC. Some of the best views of the Empire State Building and Central Park can be found here while noshing on sliders, pigs in a blanket, and cheese boards galore. This takes “Top of the Rock” to a whole new – and delicious – level.


View of Meatpacking District from Catch. PC: @queenlinglong


Catch, a trendy seafood restaurant in the Meatpacking District, incorporates a rooftop space that has panoramic views of downtown Manhattan. In addition to the views, the crispy shrimp, lobster mac and cheese, and waffle tower will do pretty well for the ‘gram, too.



View of the East River from Riverpark. PC: @alexmcc_3


Riverpark, a Tom Colicchio restaurant, provides a rare experience in New York City: waterfront dining. Situated on the East River, Riverpark features farm-to-table American food with magnificent views. The Bruléed Buffalo’s Milk Burrata and the Squid Ink Chitarra are must-orders here.



View of Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge from The River Cafe. PC: @therivercafe

The River Cafe

The River Cafe in DUMBO is another waterfront restaurant with lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge visible. It’s an iconic, upscale eatery featuring dishes such as tender duck breasts and chocolate desserts shaped like the Brooklyn Bridge. The window seats here are the best to see the stunning views but there isn’t a bad table in the whole restaurant.




4 thoughts on “Seven NYC Restaurants with Not to Miss Views

  1. Ah, I’ve only ever been to Bar SixtyFive — pricey drinks, but you’re paying for the view so it’s worth it! Catch looks super cute, I’ll have to check that out soon! 🙂


  2. The Loeb Boathouse and the River Cafe are definitely must-go places if you’re in NY! Dined there after boating for about an hour and I loved both the food and the ambiance. River Cafe was amazing too especially at night after crossing the Brooklyn Bridge 💕


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