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Diners' Choice: Great for scenic views restaurants in New York City

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking restaurants that have the most scenic view in New York City? 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 2 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 (8608)
$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 5 days ago
Fantastic expérience the best view. Service. Food etc…
A photo of Cantina Rooftop restaurant
4.5 (1434)
$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 on Mar 30, 2024
love the food, service, music DJ live awesome , was a great experience
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 Sea Shore Restaurant & Marina restaurant
4.4 (462)
$31 to $50
City Island
About the restaurant
Enjoy our upscale comfortable seafaring settings. Savor our fresh seafood specialties, sushi bar, and exceptional wine list. An array of cocktails, mixed drinks and tropical frozen delights await you in our fabulous lounge and outdoor deck Bar.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Took 30 minutes to seat us despite our reservation. We had to check in with the host and manager several times to get seated. They gave us complimentary chips with blue cheese sauce. Burger gave one in our party an upset stomach.
A photo of ONE Dine at One World Observatory restaurant
4.4 (4436)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Staff was wonderful, personable, and efficient. The views were breathtaking! Beautiful all the way around
A photo of Somewhere Nowhere NYC restaurant
4.4 (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
Awesome!!! Great music service What a great vibe
A photo of Central Park Boathouse restaurant
4.4 (125)
$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 4 days ago
The service was very good and the view beautiful. Food was good. It is a very nice restaurant.
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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