It’s hard to top NYC’s finest dining — that is, of course, unless a picturesque backdrop is added to the mix. From a dazzling view 65 stories up, to a panoramic postcard within the glass confines of Midtown’s elegant digs, our haute 5 picks make for a welcome dining distraction.
1. RAINBOW ROOM
There are few New York City views more spectacular than that of 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s 65th floor. Refined cuisine meets old-world grandeur at the iconic Rainbow Room, back in action with a retro revamp after a five-year closure. Chef de Cuisine Jonathan Wright serves up nouveau American fare with local ingredients paying homage to the heart and soul of the institution’s history, available to the oysters Rockefeller-craving public on Sundays for brunch and Mondays for dinner. Fret not; RR’s cocktail counterpart SixtyFive is serving negronis all throughout the workweek. Happy hour with a view, anyone?
30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th floor, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
2. NOUGATINE AND THE TERRACE AT JEAN-GEORGES
The casual, earth-toned sister of Jean-Georges serves as an ultra-chic gateway between fine dining and the great outdoors. Enjoy JG's market-driven dishes in the comfort of lush greenery and an outstanding view of Central Park just beyond the terrace, the perfect setting for al fresco aficionados. There's really not much better than a parkside signature cocktail while lounging on plush Philippe Starck furniture, now is there? Unless of course Monsieur Vongerichten is involved. While the terrace may be seasonal, Nougatine and its floor-to-ceiling windows welcome fanatics year-round.
1 Central Park West between 60th and 61st Street
Part French, part Italian, and part surfer. Such is the nature of anything under Chef Marc Murphy’s watch. A collaboration between the celebrated Iron Chef icon and his wife Pamela, this Midtown favorite serves up contemporary bistro fare blending French and Italian accents in a stunning, modern setting with a killer view. Landmarc’s glass-ensconced Time Warner location is perched on the third floor, overlooking the buzz of Columbus Circle below for optimal people watching with a side of dry aged côte de boeuf for two.
10 Columbus Circle, third floor
Ah, NoMad. The crème de la crème of avant garde fine dining with a view. This elite private rooftop experience features 1,950 square feet of gorgeous indoor/outdoor wining and dining space complete with lush greenery and impeccable design detail. Seeking the perfect spot for an unforgettable affair and an unreal view? Look no further - this baby's got it all. New York's private affairs just stepped up their game.
1170 Broadway between 28th and 29th Streets
Elegance, simplicity and vitality come alive at Asiate, The Mandarin Oriental’s contemporary American-Asian influenced restaurant. This Columbus Circle gem offers one of the most unique dining settings in all of NYC palate-awakening flavors almost as awe-inspiring as the panoramic view. Take in Asiate’s uniquely curated menu accompanied by a wine selection 1,300 strong. And that treetop sculpture hanging overhead? Yeah, that's directly modeled after Central Park’s glistening winter branches. Dinner with a view takes on a whole new meaning.
80 Columbus Circle between Broadway and Columbus Avenue