New York City has endless dining opportunities.

You could live there and dine at a different restaurant every evening without repeating.

But let’s be honest, some places stand out amongst the rest for service, quality of the food, drinks, and, of course, views.

I can still remember so many details of the really stand out dining experiences I’ve had while living in NYC for 13 years.

Of course, the Michelin restaurants stand out for obvious reasons, but there’s also plenty of lesser known hidden gems around the city.

If you’re looking for the perfect romantic spot for a hot date, or just a chill place to hang out with friends, I’ve got you covered.

As you explore the best restaurants with a view in NYC, you’ll find options that fit every vibe.

So, get ready to indulge your senses as you discover all the hidden gems and savor each moment in these picturesque New York dining spots.

Top Waterfront Restaurants

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The River Café

The River Café is one of NYC’s most romantic waterfront restaurants, boasting a secluded open-air deck and live piano music to set the mood.

It’s also Michelin rated, so you know it’s an amazing all-around experience!

With its views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline, it’s the perfect spot for a special occasion or a memorable night out.

Don’t be surprised if you see a proposal (or two) while dining here. This is a very popular spot to pop the question!

Address: 1 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201


Board Pilot, a historic schooner docked at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Here you’ll be able to indulge in all things oyster all while overlooking the magnificent Manhattan skyline.

Fair warning, this place is seasonal, so double check their schedule before going!

Local’s Tip: If you or your date has motion sickness this restaurant isn’t for you.

Address: Pier 6 Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY 11201


CECCIONI’S, on the Brooklyn waterfront, is famous for their pasta, seafood, and signature cocktails.

It’s the perfect place for a delicious meal with a beautiful view of the East River and Lower Manhattan.

Address: 55 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Grand Banks

Whether you’re an oyster aficionado or just enjoy dining on the water, Grand Banks is a must-visit.

This place is one of my favorite spots during the summer for oysters and wine.

The restaurant is on the Sherman Zwicker, a historic wooden schooner at Pier 25. It’s modeled after 19th-century oyster barges.

This is another place that’s open seasonally,so double check their schedule!

Local’s Tip: Since it is on a boat, don’t go if you have motion sickness and wear steady shoes!

Address: Park, Pier 25 Hudson River, New York, NY 10013


Sit back, relax, and take in the views from 64 floors above NYC at Overstory.

This spot has retro vibes, plus delicious drinks and snacks.

The floor-to-ceiling windows offer breathtaking views of the city and waterfront.

Address: 70 Pine St. 64th Floor, New York, NY 10005

Sea Shore Restaurant

Sea Shore Restaurant in City Island in the Bronx has a laid-back ambiance and stunning waterfront views of the city.

This place has been around since the 1920s, and is a fabulous spit to enjoy seafood, steak, and other tasty dishes with friends or a hot date.

Address: 591 City Island Ave, Bronx, NY 10464

Rooftop Dining Experiences


Head to rooftop of the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg, for a stunning view of Manhattan’s skyline.

Westlight with its floor-to-ceiling windows and wraparound balcony, is the perfect place for cocktails.

It’s a really fantastic for a date night spot. I’ve been on a few dates here.

They also have small plates available if drinks are going well and extend into snacks.

Address: 111 North 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge

Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge, inside the 1 Hotel, offers views of the East River and Manhattan skyline.

Besides the gorgeous views, they’ve got delicious cocktails and small bites.

Don’t miss out on the truffle sushi, it’s my favorite!

Local’s Tip: Make a reservation, especially on the weekend!

Address: 60 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Electric Lemon

Get ready to be amazed by Electric Lemon, on the 24th floor of the Equinox Hotel in Hudson Yards.

The floor-to-ceiling windows offer beautiful views of NYC, making it a perfect place for a memorable dining experience.

Plus, the restaurant focuses on serving seasonal and healthy dishes, so you can feel good about anything you order!

Address: 33 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001

Bar Blondeau

Step into a sophisticated environment at Bar Blondeau, on the rooftop of the Museum of Arts and Design.

This rooftop restaurant offers unparalleled views of Central Park and Columbus Circle.

Plus indoor and outdoor seating are available.

Don’t miss trying their deliciously crafted cocktails and refined small plates.

Address: 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019


Everyone loves Mexican food, especially when it comes with a view.

So next time you’re craving both, head to Alma.

You’ll get splendid views of Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn waterfront.

The restaurant’s menu has lots of traditional Mexican dishes, showcasing vibrant flavors and techniques.

Address: 187 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Fine Dining With Panoramic Views


Head to the Museum of Arts and Design, to dine at Robert.

Here you’ll enjoy modern American food in a beautiful setting.

I love their large windows, which offer an impressive view of Central Park and Columbus Circle.

Not to mention their delicious menu, which you’re sure to love!

Address: 2 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019


Experience Michelin star dining at Jean-Georges, located inside the opulent Trump Tower.

This is the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion.

My ex and I celebrated our anniversary there one year, and even though the relationship didn’t last, my fond memories of the meal did.

You’ll taste a special blend of French and Japanese flavors crafted by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

All while taking in the breathtaking view of Central Park and Columbus Circle.

Sophistication and elegance await you at this luxurious dining destination, so dress the part!

Address: 1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

Le Pavillon

Dive into a world of sea-inspired dishes at Le Pavillon, offering an enchanting blend of French and Mediterranean flavors.

Natural light floods the restaurant, creating an ambiance perfect for a memorable dining experience.

Not to mention you’ll experience the beauty of the waterfront while savoring Daniel Boulud’s modern culinary artistry.

Address: One Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY 10017


Embark on a journey of authentic Korean flavors at Gaonnuri, perched high above the bustling city.

Savor traditional Korean barbecue dishes as you soak in panoramic skyline views from the 39th floor.

This experience lets you grill at your table and enjoy breathtaking views.

Address: 1250 Broadway 39th Floor 32nd, New York, NY 10001

Final Bites…

Pros and Cons of Moving to New York

Well, I’m certainly hungry after writing this.

Thank goodness I’ll be back in New York later this week celebrating my birthday.

Now the only question is which restaurant with a view should I celebrate at!


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