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Rooftop Restaurants In NYC - Taking Dining To New Heights

Updated on September 10, 2011

Rooftop Restaurants In NYC

Whether you are in New York City to shop, catch a show, sightsee, or just experience life in the city that never sleeps, a great way to start or wrap up the day is at a rooftop restaurant. Watch the busy New York streets below while relaxing high above the bustle. From a restaurant that serves fresh, organically grown food, to one that revolves as you eat, there are several choices where you can enjoy the marvelous view of the Big Apple.

The Heights

It’s not just about the retractable roof and awesome beers you can get at The Heights. It’s burgers and wings, and challah French toast. The Heights is laid back, and fun, with views over Broadway. If you look over, you’re not that far down, but the trees and leaves gives you a feeling of being high up in a tree house.

2867 Broadway

New York, NY 10025

Greenhouse 36

Greenhouse 36 is a charming place that sits on top of the Wyndham Hotel in Times Square. Greenhouse 35 specializes in organic, locally grown, and humanely raised meats. The good food matches the beautiful views of the city that never sleeps. For dinner, try their delicious steak and sandwiches. Keep warm with their Macintosh apple crumble, and watch the city lights come alive as the sun sets. The restaurant does have a banquet option for private parties and it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

What I like about it is when you are at the Skylight Lounge, you can still see the busy streets below, but being surrounded by other buildings gives it an intimate feeling.

341 W 36th

New York, NY 10018

(646) 329-3225

SushiSamba 7

SushiSamba 7 serves up a delightful blend of Japanese and Brazilian food. Here you can order chicken teriyaki or a churrasco sandwich made with charred beef, an egg, and black truffle. The mood is festive because of the lively colors, relaxed atmosphere, and their rooftop DJ - who plays on Fridays. Beneath their glass atrium you can watch the sky darken as you enjoy drinks and delicious food. It is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner throughout the week. The Samba brunch is held on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

If you’re into music, and a more club-like feel or are just looking to wind down after work, this is a great place to go.

87 7th Ave. South

New York, NY 10014

(212) 691-7885

Salon de Ning

Salon de Ning is located on the 23rd floor rooftop terrace of The Peninsula New York, and is the perfect place to spend brunch on a Sunday morning. Although The Peninsula is upscale, the attire and atmosphere of Salon de Ning is casual and relaxed. They serve more than just omelets and fresh fruit, but rather items like avocado gazpacho and roasted pineapple tarts.

Open for brunch every Sunday and daily cocktails from 4 p.m. - 1 a.m.

I like that it looks very different from the other lounges and bars around NY. It combines themes from seaports around Asia as well as a touch of Paris, all while being in the heart of New York.

700 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10019

(212) 903-3097

The View Restaurant

The View Restaurant is the only revolving restaurant in New York. It is located at the top of the New York Marriott Marquis and makes a full 360 degree revolution every hour. The view and the food is impressive and a wonderful place to bring a date for a romantic dinner. They serve upscale American fare, with items like braised duck, roasted lamb, and quail. They also serve Sunday brunch, between 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Dinner hours are generally from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. every day. Call for specific times.

Is it me? Or does revolving around the city while dining on some duck sound extremely fun? I haven’t been here but it is definitely on my list of things to try when I get back to NYC.

1535 Broadway

New York, NY 10036

(212) 704-8900

So if you're in town or a local, try these restaurants and lounges out if you're in the neighborhood. You'll find that they are above the rest.


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    • fischerscott95 profile image

      Scott E. Fischer 6 years ago from Premont, Tx

      I must say I learned alot, I have never been to NY, but if I go, I will definitely try out some of these fact, you even gave me a couple of ideas for my hub....