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Jun 14, 2011 09:34 AM

Tall Order: Outside Sunset Dining- is it possible in Manhattan?

Hi All,
I'm looking for a nice outdoor dining spot where I can see the sunset (at least somewhat) in Manhattan. Does anyone know of any place that might fit the bill?

I'm looking to either go July 2nd or July 3rd (for an anniversary that is on the 4th). Manhattan is always dead that weekend so I"m not worried about being able to get a reservation I just don't know where to begin.

STK opened an outdoor area on the highline, i was wondering if that might be an option.

Any ideas would be great.
Thanks all!

26 Little West 12th St, New York, NY 10014

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  1. Perry Street

    Perry Street
    176 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

    1. Your post was sitting right on top of a Battery Park City lunch question, so I'll just throw out the two World Financial Center options, PJ Clarkes and Southwest. They both have outdoor seating right on the North Cove Marina, but Southwest may have the slightly prettier view. Unfortunately, neither may be appropriate for a romantic anniversary (burgers and nachos, beers and margaritas).

      Gigino at Wagner Park may have a little more atmosphere (check out the pic at the link below!), but I've never eaten there so take this rec with a huge grain of salt...

      P.J. Clarke's
      250 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281

      Gigino at Wagner Park
      20 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004

      SouthWest NY
      225 Liberty St, New York, NY 10281

      1. The Frying Pan isn't what I'd call romantic, but it does serve food and face west. It's also pretty hectic in the evenings. There's also the 79th St. Boat Basin Cafe w/ lots of outdoor seating, but I can't comment on the food or ambiance.

        The Frying Pan
        12th Ave and W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

        Boat Basin Cafe
        W 79th St and Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10024

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        1. re: GoodGravy

          The ambiance at 79th St Boat Basin is incomparable... you see the sun set over boats bobbing at their docks.. the food on the other hand is quite weak. The food is better and the setting quite good at pier i cafe on the river at 70th St. But better food is still just a very respectable burger... I can think of other places to have a drink at sunset that are near nice places to eat after the sun is down... that is what I would do

        2. Andy T (Gigino's) and GoodGravy (Boat Basin) give good suggestions. The former has by far better food and a knockout view of the Statue. Food is good, but not remarkable. The latter offers simple fare: salads, 'burgers, etc. OK for what it is. The views of the river and NJ are spectacular, and it features many tables that are covered, but still have the views--in case of rain. Two others I would add: New Leaf Cafe in Ft. Tryon; very good view and terrific views over the park and east--but not necessarily the sunset ( And, finally, Terrace in the Sky ( on the rooftop of one of the Columbia University buildings. I have only eaten inside, but views from the terrace are unmatched. Both of these last two have much better food than the first two.

          New Leaf Restaurant & Bar
          1 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040

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

          1. How much are you willing to spend? Are you willing to go slightly out of Manhattan? If your willing to go for $200+ pp ($100 prix fixe plus drinks, tax and tip),I'd suggest the River Café under the Brooklyn Bridge (Brooklyn side). Make sure to ask for a table by the window. They you will see the Sunset over Manhattan. (As long as the weather cooperates) Great service, celebratory atmosphere and very good (but not super imaginative) food.

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            1. re: bobjbkln

              I often stay at the Hyatt at Paulus Hook in Jersey and I can unequivocally say that that is the most fantastic view of Manhattan, sunset or rise!