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Top Picks for Restaurants with a View
There is no contesting that New York City is a world-class destination for foodies. However, few restaurants in this sprawling metropolis are known for their expansive views of the surrounding city. Vanessa Torruellas, Chef Concierge at The Iroquois New York, shares her top picks for great NYC eateries that provide breathtaking views of the iconic cityscape. “The R Lounge at Two Times Square, in the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel, offers a variety of cocktails in a great room overlooking Time Square,” Torruellas says. While there, patrons can enjoy small plates from Blue Ribbon Restaurants as well as a few entrées. “My favorite bar bites are the manchego and Mexican honey toast, which is really delicious, and the white bean hummus toast.” Torruellas continues. This is also a prime spot to view the much-televised ball drop on New Year’s Eve. On the fourth floor of midtown’s Time Warner Center, upscale French restaurant Per Se is an amazing space “if you are looking for the most extravagant dinner in a magical place for that very special occasion.” At the restaurant, which is part of The Shops at Columbus Circle, patrons are afforded awe-inspiring views of the southwest corner of Central Park from the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Pairing the vistas with “amazing service and over-the-top food, which is visually beautiful and taste even better, you have the perfect recipe for the best night in town.” Torruellas says. In the Upper West Side’s Riverside Park, The West 79th Street Boat Basin Café is a local favorite for a number of reasons: “The sunsets are amazing, the burger is really good—made with La Frieda ground beef—and they have great beer at good prices,” Torruellas explains, adding “this is the type of place that you can go relax with a group of friends, bring your pup—since they are dog friendly, and enjoy the Hudson River views.” The open-air restaurant operates as early as late March and extends through the end of October. In the ever-trendy outer borough Brooklyn, Alma is “one of the best Mexican restaurants,” Torruellas says. From across the water, patrons can enjoy views of the Manhattan cityscape from the eatery’s rooftop. Torruellas recommends trying the tacos de Puerco, which consists of pulled pork with a peach salsa in a fresh tortilla, as well as selections from the tequila menu.