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The indoor dining room at Celestine, photographed in October 2017
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14 Restaurants With Stunning City Views

Located along the waterfront or adjacent to the park, these venues pair city views with standout meal service

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The indoor dining room at Celestine, photographed in October 2017
| Gary He/Eater

The window of opportunity is limited, but when warmer weather arrives, it means New Yorkers get an urge to be outside, anywhere, at all times even if that only means eating a fast-casual lunch on a tiny patch of grass in a Midtown courtyard. But other moments call for a proper sit-down meal complete with sunset or waterfront views. Luckily, outdoor dining has never been more accessible in the five boroughs since last year. From Korean to modern American, and seafood to steak and sides, the following restaurants offer captivating views of the city’s skyscrapers, parks, and waterfronts — the views you’ll only find in New York City.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2018.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Hudson

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348 Dyckman St
New York, NY 10034
(646) 663-5886
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This Inwood Park establishment at the Dyckman Marina offers casual waterfront vibes. Its outdoor space makes for a fun setting to sip on the signature pina colada and mai tai cocktails, along with other iced and frozen drinks. There’s a sushi menu whose flavors nod to the Caribbean along with a main menu offers a wide range of dishes, from seafood boils and towers to smoked barbecue.

2. Icehouse Café

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140 Reynolds Ave
Bronx, NY 10465
(718) 863-5580
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Located at the foot of the Throgs Neck Bridge, in the Hammonds Cove Marina, this Italian and seafood spot sets the scene for a relaxing waterfront meal. Orders such as the Ollo Valdostana, a stuffed chicken with baby spinach, prosciutto, and smoked mozzarella in a mushroom and marsala wine sauce. Various weekly specials are also offered. 

3. Robert

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2 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10019
(212) 299-7730
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Seated atop the Museum of Arts and Design, this classic modern American restaurant gives off romantic vibes with floor-to-window views of Columbus Circle and Central Park that run east to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and north toward Harlem. The brightly-colored seating adds to its trendy decor, and along with lunch and brunch, the weekend-only sunset menu is timed for catching the changing views as day turns to dusk.

Orange chairs are pulled up to white tablecloth tables in a restaurant that offers views of a park through floor-to-ceiling windows Robert [Official]

4. Porter House Bar and Grill

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10 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10019
(212) 823-9500
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Also overlooking Central Park, Chef Michael Lomonaco’s steakhouse is known for its prime dry-aged and wagyu beef selections, but the seafood, pasta, and risotto dishes should not be forgotten. Popular orders include their spaghetti alla chitarra, the cowboy ribeye,and the aged prime beef burger.

5. Gaonnuri

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1250 Broadway 39th Floor
New York, NY 10001
(212) 971-9045
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This penthouse Korean restaurant is graced with a prime panoramic view of the Midtown skyline while its Korean barbecue selections are just as high-level. Yes, the menu feels a little pricey — marinated galbi rings in at $46 — but the overall ambience is quite refined. Or go for the Ganon set at $54, with prime ribeye, marinated galbi and bulgogi, or the Nuri set at $48, with duck breast, pork belly, and chicken breast. 

Four dishes and a glass of wine are set on a table, with a window offering views of the New York City skyline in the background Gaonnuri [Official]

6. Halifax

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At W Hotel, 225 River St
Hoboken, NJ 07030
(201) 253-2500
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At the W Hotel along Hoboken’s waterfront, Halifax draws its name from Nova Scotia’s capital city but offers one of the best Manhattan skyline views along the Hudson River. The restaurant’s name is also tied to the northeastern farm and coastal cuisine that’s sourced from suppliers from Delaware up to, yes, Halifax. Order the cured and smoked fish board, black sea bass tartar, or Barnegat sea scallops. 

Halifax’s interior seems very much like a hotel coffee shop. Robert Sietsema/Eater

7. Perry Street

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Perry St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 352-1900
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Located inside the Richard Meier Towers in the West Village, this father-and-son collaboration between Jean-Georges and Cédric Vongerichten draws upon French, American, and Asian influences and ingredients. While the interior color scheme is simplistic, look toward the sweeping window views behind semi-transparent curtains and well-plated brunch and dinner choices. Start with the rice cracker tuna, then go for the fried chicken or yellowfin tuna burger.

White chairs are arranged for service in a restaurant with views of a courtyard garden visible through partially opaque windows Perry Street [Official]

8. Hudson Eats

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230 Vesey St
New York, NY 10282
(212) 978-1673
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With marble high tops and views of the Hudson, this food court inside Battery Park’s Brookfield Place makes for a good pre- or post-mall shopping meal or a stroll along the riverfront. Along with brands Chopt, Sprinkles, Amazon Go, Starbucks Reserve Bar and Juice Press, find P.J. Clarke’s, Black Seed Bagel, Seamore’s ,and Parm. Then there’s Tartinery, a concept based upon the French open-faced sandwich.

An outdoor dining area with tables, chairs, and overhead plants is visible through a window from inside of a restaurant Hudson Eats [Official]

9. Celestine

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1 John St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-5356
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Tucked beneath the Manhattan Bridge, this seasonal-driven and Mediterranean-inspired restaurant stands out with its unobstructed views of the downtown skyline. Outdoor seating is definitely the the go-to move if it’s available. Pair their housemade za’atar flatbread with a whipped labneh and Catskills honey, hummus with smoked paprika, or a pistachio feta spread with cilantro and dill. Then cap off the meal with the short rib manti.

An indoor dining room offers views of a bridge and a river in the background through floor-to-ceiling windows Gary He/Eater

10. The River Café

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1 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-5200
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A beloved establishment for over four decades, this Michelin-star restaurant nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge continues to offer refined American fare with its three-course, fixed-price menu ($155) and choices including steak tartare and black sea bass. There’s also a caviar service and a separate vegetarian menu. While the outdoor dining setting feels romantic, the indoor dining room, with a serious dress code and live piano music, is just as elegant. 

11. Alma

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187 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 643-5400
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This Mexican restaurant has beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline from its year-round rooftop deck, which has its own food and drink menu. Downstairs, diners can choose from a separate menu for their ground floor bar, B/61, and sidewalk dining setup. With solid pricing and margaritas choices, their taco choices encompass options such as al pastor, camarones, and veggie.

Customers are seated at an outdoor seating area at sunset with views of a city skyline in the background Alma [Official]

12. Peak

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30 Hudson Yards
New York, NY 10001
(332) 204-8509
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Occupying an entire floor in this towering Hudson Yards tower, this modern American restaurant and cocktail lounge is surrounded by sky-high eastern and southern views of the city extending to the Statue of Liberty and beyond. Lunch and dinner menus have a land, sea, and garden theme; begin with the yellowfin tuna appetizer with mango, soy, and fermented chili.

Tables and chairs are arranged in an ornate dining room set high above ground level, with distant views of a city skyline visible through a window Charissa Fay/Peak [Official]

13. Industry Kitchen

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70 South Street, At, Maiden Ln
New York, NY 10038
(212) 487-9600
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Next to the South Street Seaport, this venue along the East River has floor-to-ceiling windows that provide waterfront views spanning to Brooklyn that patrons can take in on the outdoor terrace or the indoor area. Its modern American menu encompasses salads, wood-fired pizzas, and small and large plates plus weekend brunch.

14. American Brass Restaurant

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2-01 50th Ave
Queens, NY 11109
(718) 806-1106
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In Gantry Plaza State Park, across from the Long Island City Gantries, this chic New American restaurant has views of Manhattan and draws upon New York farms and LIC breweries for its indoor and outdoor dining selection. Amid its surf and turf, go for the branzino, tagliatelle, and scallops while sharing the focaccia with whipped ricotta. 

Customers are seated on the sidewalk at an outdoor dining area, with views of a busy street and a city skyline in the background American Brass [Official]

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1. The Hudson

348 Dyckman St, New York, NY 10034

This Inwood Park establishment at the Dyckman Marina offers casual waterfront vibes. Its outdoor space makes for a fun setting to sip on the signature pina colada and mai tai cocktails, along with other iced and frozen drinks. There’s a sushi menu whose flavors nod to the Caribbean along with a main menu offers a wide range of dishes, from seafood boils and towers to smoked barbecue.

348 Dyckman St
New York, NY 10034

2. Icehouse Café

140 Reynolds Ave, Bronx, NY 10465

Located at the foot of the Throgs Neck Bridge, in the Hammonds Cove Marina, this Italian and seafood spot sets the scene for a relaxing waterfront meal. Orders such as the Ollo Valdostana, a stuffed chicken with baby spinach, prosciutto, and smoked mozzarella in a mushroom and marsala wine sauce. Various weekly specials are also offered. 

140 Reynolds Ave
Bronx, NY 10465

3. Robert

2 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019
Orange chairs are pulled up to white tablecloth tables in a restaurant that offers views of a park through floor-to-ceiling windows Robert [Official]

Seated atop the Museum of Arts and Design, this classic modern American restaurant gives off romantic vibes with floor-to-window views of Columbus Circle and Central Park that run east to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and north toward Harlem. The brightly-colored seating adds to its trendy decor, and along with lunch and brunch, the weekend-only sunset menu is timed for catching the changing views as day turns to dusk.

2 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10019

4. Porter House Bar and Grill

10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

Also overlooking Central Park, Chef Michael Lomonaco’s steakhouse is known for its prime dry-aged and wagyu beef selections, but the seafood, pasta, and risotto dishes should not be forgotten. Popular orders include their spaghetti alla chitarra, the cowboy ribeye,and the aged prime beef burger.

10 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10019

5. Gaonnuri

1250 Broadway 39th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Four dishes and a glass of wine are set on a table, with a window offering views of the New York City skyline in the background Gaonnuri [Official]

This penthouse Korean restaurant is graced with a prime panoramic view of the Midtown skyline while its Korean barbecue selections are just as high-level. Yes, the menu feels a little pricey — marinated galbi rings in at $46 — but the overall ambience is quite refined. Or go for the Ganon set at $54, with prime ribeye, marinated galbi and bulgogi, or the Nuri set at $48, with duck breast, pork belly, and chicken breast. 

1250 Broadway 39th Floor
New York, NY 10001

6. Halifax

At W Hotel, 225 River St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Halifax’s interior seems very much like a hotel coffee shop. Robert Sietsema/Eater

At the W Hotel along Hoboken’s waterfront, Halifax draws its name from Nova Scotia’s capital city but offers one of the best Manhattan skyline views along the Hudson River. The restaurant’s name is also tied to the northeastern farm and coastal cuisine that’s sourced from suppliers from Delaware up to, yes, Halifax. Order the cured and smoked fish board, black sea bass tartar, or Barnegat sea scallops. 

At W Hotel, 225 River St
Hoboken, NJ 07030

7. Perry Street

Perry St, New York, NY 10014
White chairs are arranged for service in a restaurant with views of a courtyard garden visible through partially opaque windows Perry Street [Official]

Located inside the Richard Meier Towers in the West Village, this father-and-son collaboration between Jean-Georges and Cédric Vongerichten draws upon French, American, and Asian influences and ingredients. While the interior color scheme is simplistic, look toward the sweeping window views behind semi-transparent curtains and well-plated brunch and dinner choices. Start with the rice cracker tuna, then go for the fried chicken or yellowfin tuna burger.

Perry St
New York, NY 10014

8. Hudson Eats

230 Vesey St, New York, NY 10282
An outdoor dining area with tables, chairs, and overhead plants is visible through a window from inside of a restaurant Hudson Eats [Official]

With marble high tops and views of the Hudson, this food court inside Battery Park’s Brookfield Place makes for a good pre- or post-mall shopping meal or a stroll along the riverfront. Along with brands Chopt, Sprinkles, Amazon Go, Starbucks Reserve Bar and Juice Press, find P.J. Clarke’s, Black Seed Bagel, Seamore’s ,and Parm. Then there’s Tartinery, a concept based upon the French open-faced sandwich.

230 Vesey St
New York, NY 10282

9. Celestine

1 John St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
An indoor dining room offers views of a bridge and a river in the background through floor-to-ceiling windows Gary He/Eater

Tucked beneath the Manhattan Bridge, this seasonal-driven and Mediterranean-inspired restaurant stands out with its unobstructed views of the downtown skyline. Outdoor seating is definitely the the go-to move if it’s available. Pair their housemade za’atar flatbread with a whipped labneh and Catskills honey, hummus with smoked paprika, or a pistachio feta spread with cilantro and dill. Then cap off the meal with the short rib manti.

1 John St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

10. The River Café

1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

A beloved establishment for over four decades, this Michelin-star restaurant nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge continues to offer refined American fare with its three-course, fixed-price menu ($155) and choices including steak tartare and black sea bass. There’s also a caviar service and a separate vegetarian menu. While the outdoor dining setting feels romantic, the indoor dining room, with a serious dress code and live piano music, is just as elegant. 

1 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

11. Alma

187 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Customers are seated at an outdoor seating area at sunset with views of a city skyline in the background Alma [Official]

This Mexican restaurant has beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline from its year-round rooftop deck, which has its own food and drink menu. Downstairs, diners can choose from a separate menu for their ground floor bar, B/61, and sidewalk dining setup. With solid pricing and margaritas choices, their taco choices encompass options such as al pastor, camarones, and veggie.

187 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

12. Peak

30 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001
Tables and chairs are arranged in an ornate dining room set high above ground level, with distant views of a city skyline visible through a window Charissa Fay/Peak [Official]

Occupying an entire floor in this towering Hudson Yards tower, this modern American restaurant and cocktail lounge is surrounded by sky-high eastern and southern views of the city extending to the Statue of Liberty and beyond. Lunch and dinner menus have a land, sea, and garden theme; begin with the yellowfin tuna appetizer with mango, soy, and fermented chili.

30 Hudson Yards
New York, NY 10001

13. Industry Kitchen

70 South Street, At, Maiden Ln, New York, NY 10038

Next to the South Street Seaport, this venue along the East River has floor-to-ceiling windows that provide waterfront views spanning to Brooklyn that patrons can take in on the outdoor terrace or the indoor area. Its modern American menu encompasses salads, wood-fired pizzas, and small and large plates plus weekend brunch.

70 South Street, At, Maiden Ln
New York, NY 10038

14. American Brass Restaurant

2-01 50th Ave, Queens, NY 11109
Customers are seated on the sidewalk at an outdoor dining area, with views of a busy street and a city skyline in the background American Brass [Official]

In Gantry Plaza State Park, across from the Long Island City Gantries, this chic New American restaurant has views of Manhattan and draws upon New York farms and LIC breweries for its indoor and outdoor dining selection. Amid its surf and turf, go for the branzino, tagliatelle, and scallops while sharing the focaccia with whipped ricotta. 

2-01 50th Ave
Queens, NY 11109

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