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Diners' Choice: Great for scenic views restaurants in Manhattan

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking restaurants that have the most scenic view in Manhattan? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The Highlight Room NY restaurant
4.8 (26)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
About the restaurant
The Highlight Room’s real showstopper is the spectacular view of the city through a glass wall that spans the entire width of the room and folds back to allow access to the outdoor terrace. From there, guests can lift a cocktail to the expansive views — north to the Empire State Building, south to the Freedom Tower. The north and south sides of the room are lined with two-toned leather and velvet banquettes positioned to take advantage of the cityscape views from floor-to-ceiling windows.

The bar, set off by wooden arches and antique mirrors, complements the greenery, and elaborate, candelabra-style chandeliers allude to the candles that would illuminate the German garden as evening fell. Layers of premium materials — plaster, brass, velvet upholstery, caramel drapery, terrazzo tiles — add a dose of playful luxury. Although the bar is open to the public, the overall sense is of a swank member’s club, a private Eden commanding the sky above the Lower East Side. Must be 21+.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
My first time experience at the highlight room with two of my friends was excellent! I had a great time and would highly recommend checking out this place! The food and drinks were delicious, and the views are insane!! I could see so many views of NYC buildings high up such as the World Trade Center, Empire State Building, Hudson yards, and even my building, One Manhattan square! The best!
A photo of Shiso restaurant
4.8 (31)
$50 and over
French / Japanese
East Village
About the restaurant
French Japanese Tasting menu based restaurant starting at $100. With Omakase available at the bar.
Top review
Dined on Jan 17, 2024
We have a warm space where you can have fun with your friends, use it for entertainment, and have a warm and attentive space where you can feel at ease. Deliciousness and feeling are partners that should be remembered at the same time. I would rate them as 5.
A photo of Robert restaurant
4.7 (8613)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Columbus Circle
About the restaurant
Robert is a modern American restaurant housed within the Museum of Arts and Design with an amazing view of Columbus Circle and Central Park. Enjoy dinner and a bottle of fine wine from our collection in our beautifully designed dining room. Have a seat in our lounge next to our baby grand piano and sip one of our cocktails.
Top review
Dined 1 day ago
My friends and I had a lovely brunch at Robert. Our waiter Sean was so helpful and friendly and made the experience extra special. The view from the center of the restaurant was lovely although we didnt have the full view of a window-seating. ( You need to reserve that a couple of months before!) The mushroom omelette with truffle flavoring was very nice and I was pleased that a small salad and potatoes came with the main dish. The bomboloni (sp?) dessert was so shareable and so delicious and was an excellent choice. We look forward to a return visit to this lovely restaurant.
A photo of Top of the Strand Rooftop Bar restaurant
4.5 (112)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Midtown West
About the restaurant
Top of the Strand Rooftop Bar, one of Midtown Manhattan’s most spectacular urban oasis, is set like a jewel on the 21st floor of Marriott Vacation Club New York City. A retractable glass roof over the intimate cocktail lounge features the clearest view of the Empire State Building. With its friendly atmosphere, live DJ Friday and Saturday, dazzling views, impeccably made drinks by our talented mixologists featuring our award-winning Sous Vide Cocktails. Top of the Strand is a New York City rooftop bar favorite.

Private Event Bookings
Phone: 646-368-6399
Email: topofthestrand@mvwc.com

Top review
Dined on Mar 27, 2024
When we got there, the rooftop wasn't full yet but by the time we left the whole place was pretty much packed! We enjoyed the live music (a nice touch) and our drinks. Love the dimly lit bar and the view of the ESB! The enclosed rooftop is perfect for the rainy weather, you still get the outdoor feels indoors.
A photo of Somewhere Nowhere NYC restaurant
4.5 (164)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Somewhere Nowhere NYC, a two-level indoor lounge and open-air rooftop pool venue, sits at the top of the Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel located at 112 W 25th St, on the 38 and 39th floors. The 5,156 square foot luxury day and nightlife destination is designed to artfully merge progressive sound and lighting technology with garden-inspired decor and magical design to indulge guests in an immersive nightlife experience. The decadence of Somewhere Nowhere’s outdoor lounge and open-air rooftop pool boasts 360-views of Manhattan’s majestic skyline as far as the eye can see.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Great welcome, great waitress, fun crowd and the band knew how to entertain.
A photo of Cantina Rooftop restaurant
4.4 (1435)
$31 to $50
Midtown West
About the restaurant
Cantina Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge, located on top HK Hall, features an innovative Modern Mexican Cuisine by Chef Saul Montiel and expertly crafted Cocktails and Margaritas by Mixologist Daniel Barragan.

We do not accepting reservations larger than 6 people or any combination of parties of 6 people.

Reservations are strongly encouraged for the dining room.
All Reservations on the Rooftop must have a Complete Dinner Meal.
Please visit our website for more information.

Thank you for your interest in Cantina Rooftop Restaurant and Lounge.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Definitely a vibe….Service was great…. DJ was on point! Food was just ok! I would go again for the vibe and drinks
A photo of ONE Dine at One World Observatory restaurant
4.4 (4438)
$31 to $50
Financial District
About the restaurant
Enjoy elevated American cuisine and sprawling views from the highest point in the city at ONE Dine!
🔷For a la carte reservations, tickets to One World Observatory are required to access the restaurant. Take advantage of an exclusive ticket offer here: https://bit.ly/owo-a-la-carte. 🔷
One World Observatory is a cashless operation. Onsite reverse ATM’s are available for cash conversions. The Observatory accepts all major Credit/Debit Cards.
If purchasing a dining experience package, tickets to the observatory are included! Your tickets can be picked up at the Guest Services desk in the lower lobby of One World Observatory.
For all patrons, we recommend arriving at least 45 minutes prior to your set reservation time to truly enjoy your dual access to ONE Dine and One World Observatory!
Reservations will be held for up to 15 minutes after set reservation times.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Sunday: 12 pm - 10 pm

*For parties of 8 or more: please contact EVENTS@ASPIRENEWYORK.COM.

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
First time doing the lunch experience with a group of six. Celebrated a birthday and New York. The service was very tentative. Nikki was very hospitable. Overall, everyone to the helpers, hostess, and manager was so positive. The food was abundant and flavorful. We barely could finish the food. Cocktails were on point. Would highly recommend this to anyone. We ended doing the observatory after lunch which was a great experience after eating an awesome lunch. Make sure you alot one and half hours for the dining experience.
A photo of Central Park Boathouse restaurant
4.4 (131)
$50 and over
Upper East Side
About the restaurant
Dine with us in the beautifully updated restaurant that reimagines the Boathouse's iconic history and charm. Whether returning after the long-awaited opening or making your first visit, our fully refreshed menu has something for everyone.

Reviving old traditions and making new ones – we’ve got something for everybody.

Monday - Saturday
LUNCH: 11am -4pm
DINNER: 4pm - 9pm

BRUNCH: 11am - 2:45pm
DINNER: 3pm - 8pm

In addition, our outdoor Cafe, which is open daily from 8am to 7pm.

*For parties of 10 or more: please contact us at info@centralparkboathouse.com

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
The service was very good and the view beautiful. Food was good. It is a very nice restaurant.
A photo of A to Z on the fifth Rooftop restaurant
4.3 (80)
$31 to $50
Midtown East
About the restaurant
A to Z rooftop is a new rooftop located 16 East 39th Street on the 22 floor of boutique Hyatt hotel with a 360-degree view of skyscrapers of Manhattan, fantastic view of the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center and the north side is a 93-story One Vanderbilt. Rooftop is designed by Paul Vega co-founder of VLDG design who is known for his design and collaborations with W Hotels. Rooftop offer a high- energy dining experience that artfully combines the superior quality of steak filet mignon ,fresh pasta , fish Branzino ,Dover Sole ,Chilean Sea Bass, upscale cocktails and elevated Happy Hour, along with an in-house DJ and chic decor. A to Z s menu features reimagined classic American and Italian cuisine on the highest quality of meat ,fish and fresh pasta.

Private igloos can be reserved for 2 to 10 guests with no minimum spending required. For walk-in guests, there is also no minimum requirement. You can find more information about our igloos on our website

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 1, 2024
We loved our experience. Our server Ray was exceptional. We will sure come back!
A photo of Selene restaurant
4 (60)
$31 to $50
Financial District
About the restaurant
Modern fine dining and vibrant Greek restaurant in NYC's Financial District.
Top review
Dined on Mar 27, 2024
Great spot and the service was outstanding. The food was absolutely delicious too
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