New York City has some of the best skylines in the world, but the only way you can appreciate it is by going high above the city streets.
There are plenty of hotels and lounges that boast great skylines, but many either don’t serve food in general or what they do offer isn’t very good.
Luckily, savvy restauranteurs have taken the hint and opened up locations so you can eat the best foods while drinking in astonishing views.
187 Columbia Street, Brooklyn
To get the best view of Manhattan, you need to leave the island completely and relax out in Brooklyn. Located right on the water you can gaze at the spectacular views of Downtown Manhattan and the East River. Built from the ground up, Alma offers three floors, each with a different atmosphere.
The roof deck offers is heated in the winter and open air in the summer so you can enjoy the views all year round. As for food, Alma offers truly delectable Mexican cuisine. Everything is made fresh in house from their tortillas to their salsa. This spot does not take reservations so expect a wait for the roof especially in the summer.
542 West 27th Street
Despite being named after a Scottish field where witches were hung and burned in the 17th century, Gallow Green is, in fact, quite charming and relaxing. Hanging plants, small trees, vines and flowers offer a whiff of nature in the otherwise concrete landscape. It provides a great view of the West Side buildings in the day time.
At night, the fairy lights turn on increasing the restaurants charm and romance. As an open air restaurant, you can only visit it during the summer, but the Lodge area is open all year round and serves up delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner options.
Arriba in Hotel Americano
518 W 27th Street
Located on the 10th floor of Hotel Americano, Arriba offers stunning views of the High Line, Chelsea and the Chrysler Building. During the winter you can enjoy a glass-enclosed Alpine grill while the summer utilizes the open air Mediterranean grill. Regardless of the season, the tapas style menu is light and fresh.
Their drink menu has a heavy focus on tequila and Mezcal though they do offer the standard cocktails if you’re not a fan. This place gets busy so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation so you can secure a table.
180 Orchard Street
Adorning the 15th floor of Hotel Indigo, Mr. Purple not only offers playful mixed drinks like Mr. Purple (tequila, apple juice and allspice dram) they also serve up some seriously delicious food. For as upscale as the restaurant appears, the food is surprisingly approachable with items like cast-iron mac and cheese and hot dogs.
The prices might seem exorbitant at first, but once you try a bite you’ll realize that the chefs prepare everything with a high attention to detail. And the views? As one of the tallest buildings located in the Lower East Side, you pretty much get an unobstructed 360 degree view of the Empire State Building, the three bridges and Brooklyn.
135 North 5th Street
This cute French lounge not only offers lovely rooftop space, but an indoor garden area that makes you feel as if you were outdoors thanks to the plants and sky light.
While you won’t get the amazing skyline of Manhattan on the roof deck, it’s a perfect place for people watching, especially if you don’t want to be on the ground level on such a bustling street. The food is straightforward and simple, but prepared with only the freshest ingredients. This restaurant is a popular destination so you’ll definitely want to make reservations beforehand.
67 South 6th Street, Brooklyn
Nestled beneath the Williamsburg Bridge this Vietnamese restaurant offers a wide selection of tap beers and some truly delectable plates that you won’t see at many other places.
Dig into the oxtail stew or chicken lollipop. Or if you want to keep it simple, try from one of the many pho options. Built inside a former auto-repair shop, the restaurants maintains that industrial feel by repurposing old items like oil drums into tables. Although the views on top of the roof might not be stellar, it still gives you the ability to drink some ice cold beer under a beautiful blue sky.