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Ask the Expert: Top Picks for Restaurants with a View

While New York City is a world-class destination for foodies, few restaurants are known for their view. Vanessa Torruellas of The Iroquois New York shares her top picks for great NYC eateries that provide breathtaking views of the iconic cityscape.

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 (49 W. 44th St., 212.840.3080), where she’s worked for going on four years, shares her top picks for great NYC eateries that provide breathtaking views of the iconic cityscape.

The Iroquois
Vanessa Torruellas, Chef Concierge of The Iroquois

“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.

Per Se
Per Se (Courtesy Per Se)

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 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. Open all year, patrons stay cozy in the winter months thanks to a number of heat lamps that occupy the space. Torruellas recommends trying the tacos de Puerco, which consists of pulled pork with a mango salsa in a fresh tortilla, as well as selections from the tequila menu.

Also worth noting, Torruellas suggests a trip to 30 Rockefeller Plaza to check out the newly opened cocktail lounge SixtyFive, which rests atop the venerable structure. Adjacent to the famed Rainbow Room, the venue serves a menu of classic and contemporary cocktails such as the 1915 Gin & Tonic, with Dorothy Parker Gin, lemon, Angostura biters and Johnnie Ryan Tonic.

Located at the Museum of Art and Design in Midtown Manhattan, Robert offers a contemporary American menu in a modern and sexy dining room.  Large windows to which almost every table has a great view of Central Park, The Time Warner Center and Columbus Circle.  The food is delicious and service is impeccable.  The great news is that the prices are great for all that this restaurant has to offer.

Robert restaurant
Robert restaurant (Courtesy Robert)

A New York staple, The River Café is the one and only place to go for an upscale dining experience and the most amazing views of Manhattan's skyline.  There is no bad table here and the staff would do anything to make your experience unforgettable.  Very romantic setting with piano music in the background.  The restaurant requires gentlemen to wear a jacket which makes for a very elegant and unique dining experience.  Do not miss the Brooklyn Bridge dessert.  Highly recommended for special occasions.  They are now serving breakfast which I also highly recommend in these lovely summer bright days.

The River Café
The River Café (Courtesy The River Café)

Located in K-Town in midtown Manhattan, Gaonnuri is a Korean BBQ modern and upscale restaurant offer an amazing view of the Empire State Building and Midtown.  Traditional Korean BBQ is served in an elegant and unique way.  Highly recommend to just go straight to the BBQ as they use the highest quality of meats.  The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.  A pre fixe menu is also available.