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Restaurants/bars with a skyline view?

jlrobe May 3, 2008 11:40 AM

Are there any really tall buildings (not the empire state building) in midtown or FiDi that allow for a sweeping view of the manhattan skyline and have restaurant/bar/lounge on the top floor? I basically want to get some drinks with a killer view of the manhattan skyline. I dont want to have to go to an observation deck with 500 other tourists.

SF and LA (for the limited skyline it has) has several restaurants in very tall buildings that yield a spectacular view without the lines!

Can you see the midtown skyline well from a FiDi (lower manhattan) tower?

  1. D...DF May 7, 2008 12:18 AM

    Second 230 Fifth. Also look into Me Bar atop La Quinta Inn in Koreatown.

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      intrepid May 7, 2008 06:32 AM

      230 fifth has views, they placed is mediocre at best

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        D...DF May 7, 2008 08:57 AM

        Well yes, the food and cocktails are average. But the views and vibe are pretty extraordinary. I think it'd be awesome for an out-of-towner like the OP.

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          jlrobe May 7, 2008 11:33 AM

          "Well yes, the food and cocktails are average. But the views and vibe are pretty extraordinary. I think it'd be awesome for an out-of-towner like the OP"

          Agreed. I love fantastic food, and I will be eating tons of it

          Ssam Bar
          spotted pig
          WD-50, etc

          But this post was more about those silly touristy pina coladas with a great view of manhattan.

          1. re: jlrobe
            kathryn May 7, 2008 05:37 PM

            Hah, I love that last line -- maybe you should have put it in your first post. "Out of towner seeks silly touristy pina coladas."

            Great food choices, though.

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      robinsilver May 4, 2008 03:38 PM

      I would do as Kathryn suggested, go outside Manhattan. You can go to Water's Edge in Long Island City. You can take a free water taxi over from somewhere in midtown/UES, not sure exactly.

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        jlrobe May 4, 2008 09:46 PM

        Thanks everyone.

        WONDERFUL suggestions!

        Hooray Chowhound.

        1. re: jlrobe
          Jel212 May 7, 2008 07:10 AM

          Ava lounge at the top of the Dream Hotel has a pretty phenomenal view overlooking Times Sq

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        kiworan79 May 4, 2008 06:09 AM

        Three places not previously mentioned: (1) Ritz Carlton in Battery Park City; (2) 230 Fifth Avenue (expensive drinks, but great views and atmosphere); and (3) Chop Suey (a new restaurant right in Times Square that was reviewed by Frank Bruni recently -- not top floor, but great views nonetheless).

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          intrepid May 4, 2008 06:34 AM

          the bar at ritz, called rise, has views of liberty,hudson

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            simetrias May 4, 2008 01:23 PM

            Yes, the Rise, on the top floor of the Ritz, is spectacular to watch the harbor at work. Martinis are $18, but they give you some nuts with it. LOL.

            The cheapest way to get a fab skyline view, IMHO, is to go to the rooftop sculpture court at the Met Museum (admission is voluntary to the Museum: you have to give something, but you don't have to pay the suggested $20). They have drinks and desserts up there. It's spectacular, enjoyable, relaxing, fun... and sometimes, but now always, crowded. Museum is open late on Fri and Sat. Highly suggested.

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              shellie May 6, 2008 01:18 PM

              I would add the rooftop plaza at the Met - it was the best kept secret that I discovered. The husband and I went up there and at the time they only had water bottles - didn't matter - because the view of Central Park was GREAT!

              I also think that Stone Rose Lounge in the Columbia Center has nice views of Central Park in the other corner (southwest).

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                intrepid May 6, 2008 01:45 PM

                met roof is not a secret, but yes its nice, stone rose yes, in mandarin

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          douglas525 May 4, 2008 04:33 AM

          I don't know the name of it, but maybe some others here can help us out. I was only there a couple years ago, but I remember it had a cool, laid-back vibe. It's on the top of about a 20 story building in, or just south of, the meatpacking district. That's directly in between Midtown and the Financial District, so I don't know if that'll work for you or not.

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            D...DF May 4, 2008 12:13 PM

            Do you mean the Gaansevort Hotel rooftop?

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              douglas525 May 4, 2008 02:19 PM

              Sounds right

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            RGR May 3, 2008 10:49 PM

            The Marriott Marquis, in Times Square, has a restaurant/lounge on its top floor called The View, which its one of those rotatiing affairs. I've never been up there, but I gather the views are spectacular. Go for drinks in the lounge, but I wouldn't advise eating in the restaurant because reports are that the food is mediocre at best.

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              intrepid May 3, 2008 03:03 PM

              not skyline, but good views are to name a few,..mandarin hotel, 60 thompson,dream hotel, penthouse hotel,

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                kathryn May 3, 2008 02:57 PM

                Best skyline views are usually outside of Manhattan. Check the Outer Boroughs boards for tips....

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