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May 3, 2008 11:40 AM

Restaurants/bars with a skyline view?

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?

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

      1. 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.

        1. 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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          1. re: douglas525

            Do you mean the Gaansevort Hotel rooftop?

          2. 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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            1. re: kiworan79

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

              1. re: intrepid

                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.

                1. re: simetrias

                  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).

                  1. re: shellie

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