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We're taking our 14 year old g-son over Christmas and we want great food but also a great view. We lived in Manhattan years ago but haven't been back in quite a while.

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  1. Per Se's dining room has a great view of Columbus Circle and Central Park.

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    Per Se
    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      I think Per Se is probably too expensive for a 14 year old. There's the Water Club, the revolving restaurant, The View, at the Marriott. River Cafe is fantastic. I think your son would enjoy the view of the lake in Central Park at the Boathouse too.

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      Per Se
      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

      The Water Club
      500 E 30th Street, New York, NY 10016

    2. Strong second on Per Se. Would add Terrace in the Sky (www.terraceinthesky.com/) in the roof of Butler Hall on the Columbia Campus; food and bill would be less than Per Se, but the view is truly extraordinary.

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      Per Se
      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

      Terrace in the Sky
      400 West 119th Street, New York, NY 10027

      1. If you're not a hedge fund manager and don't want to take a 14-year-old for a $275/pp meal, there are other options beyond Per Se, and with better views IMHO... Though keep in mind, any of the big "view" restaurants are going to be a little overpriced as to what you're getting on the plate. Views come with a built-in cost.

        I'd say cross the bridge into Brooklyn and do the River Cafe. It's expensive, sure (though nearly 1/3rd the cost of Per Se) - the prices are four-star if the food might be closer to three-star - but part of the bill is for the ambience. Time your reservation for around sunset, make sure you ask for a window table, and it doesn't get much better view-wise.

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        1. re: sgordon

          Had one of my first dates with my husband at River Cafe! (wow - 29 years ago). Thanks for reminding me of the place - will go there for sure!

          1. re: sgordon

            In addition to the aforementioned, if you want the same sorts of views as Per Se without the price, you could try out Landmarc, which is also in the Time Warner Center. The food (at that location at least) is decent but nothing spectacular, but the location makes for an enjoyable meal.

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            Per Se
            10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

            Landmarc
            179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

          2. I think Robert might work for you...
            It's the restaurent on the 9th floor of the museum of Interior Design right on Columbus Circle - Continental food which is pretty good (I've only been for brunch) with floor to ceiling windows with beautiful views - both city and park views...