See Food: The Best Places to Eat With a View in Lower Manhattan

02/18/2022 in
See Food: The Best Places to Eat With a View in Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan’s location at the narrowest point between New York’s two rivers means there’s an endless potential for great views. Whether you like looking out at Brooklyn, gazing at the Statue of Liberty or peeking in on New Jersey, there is a seat waiting for you, with a cocktail and a meal to pair with it. 

Here’s a rundown of the best spots to settle in for a nosh and feel like you’re at the top of the world. 

Industry Kitchen

The “industrial-chic” space next to South Street Seaport offers views of the East River from its floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor terrace. Take in the view while choosing from a menu featuring wood-fired pizzas, lamb lollipops, ribeye steak and much more. (70 South Street)

Ampia

The Italian entries at Ampia range from Raviolo di Astice and Pappardelle alla Bolognese to Fettuccine Fredo and Trofiette allo Scoglio, and there’s lots of take in at this rooftop-dining establishment while enjoying first-rate cuisine and gazing out across the city. (100 Broad Street)

The Greens at Pier 17

The rooftop of Pier 17 transforms into a cozy winter village during the cold months, with heated dining cabins, twinkling lights and comfort foods; in the summer, you can reserve a private lawn space with lounge chairs and umbrellas while you take in the iconic view of the Brooklyn Bridge and beyond. (89 South Street)

Miramar

As far as river views of the Hudson goes, you can’t get much better than being set right in Battery Park City. The Mediterranean Miramar, which specializes in seafood, has lovely and spacious outdoor seating and scrumptious stuffed calamari. (21 South End Avenue)

Manhatta

Danny Meyer’s dining room on the 60th floor of 28 Liberty offers approachable American cuisine and views as far as the eye can see.

The View at Battery Park

The event space and restaurant (reopening for dining in March) is nestled in the manicured gardens of Battery Park, between the SeaGlass Carousel and Whitehall Terminal. The space’s two floors offer stunning views of New York Harbor, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, with waterside seating and a beer garden. 

ONE Dine

This is the big “ONE”: the restaurant is located 100 floors up in One World Trade Center, making it one of the highest eateries in the country. Led by executive chef Michael Schmutzer, the prices aren’t exactly cheap (a happy hour package starts at $85), but the view can’t be beat. (117 West Street)

The Fulton

This Jean Georges restaurant nods to the Seaport’s maritime past with waterfront seating, views of the Brooklyn Bridge, a raw bar and a seafood-dominant menu. (89 South Street)

Liberty Bistro

The terrace at Le District’s Liberty Bistro & Le Bar actually offers breathtaking views of the Hudson River while offering traditional French staples such as steak tartare, escargot, steak frites and French onion soup. (Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty Street)

Temple Court

OK, there’s no view of the water or a skyline at Tom Colicchio’s Temple Court, but the view inside is worth checking out on its own. Look up into the nine-level atrium and pyramid skylight that makes this 1883 landmarked building one of the most unique spaces in the city. The menu features classic and seasonal American with a luxury touch, which matches the stained glass windows and historical luminance of the space. (5 Beekman Street)

Tags: Industry Kitchen, Le District, one dine, Temple Court, The Fulton, the greens at pier 17, the view at battery park

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