Whether by land or by sea, Lower Manhattan is home to the best skyline in the world (in our humble opinion, of course), and the views from inside these incredible structures are even more exciting. From riverside cafes to top-notch restaurants in the sky, there are plenty of places to take in stunning views with delicious meals.
The Neighborhood Newcomer
A trip to the Wall Street area is a right of passage for all NYC visitors, but if you slip 2 blocks away to Liberty Street, you’ll find a quiet side entrance with an elevator to zip you up to the 60th floor of the 28 Liberty Tower. Keep your eyes wide open as you exit into Manhatta, the neighborhood’s newest restaurant, opened by restaurateur Danny Meyer. The approachable, affordable American cuisine and views as far as the eye can see make Manhatta a perfect spot to take in the city below.
For a change of pace, you can take in the Brooklyn skyline – and views of the Brooklyn Bridge – when you grab a bite at Industry Kitchen, a unique riverside restaurant located on the East River. Set within an angular, industrial structure under the FDR expressway, Industry Kitchen is the perfect spot for chic happy hour sessions and delicious comfort food.
Ooh la la
On the other side of the island, this time along the Hudson River, Brasserie Beaubourg has been making waves as the perfect al fresco dining spot since it opened inside of the 30,000 Le District french market in 2015. While you dine on authentically French dishes on the beautiful open patio, you’ll find yourself transfixed watching the ferries sail up and down the river as the sun heads west.
The Statue under the Stars
Sit out under the stars just one block north of Beaubourg at the Loopy Doopy Cocktail Lounge. Set on a rooftop patio at the Conrad New York hotel, you can enjoy the craft cocktail bar’s special Popsicle & Prosecco drink while taking in the views of the Statue of Liberty..
Looking up in Lower Manhattan
Set inside on the ground floor of The Beekman hotel, Tom Colicchio’s Temple Court is neither outside nor on a roof – so what’s with the view? Just look up…and up… and up into the nine-level atrium and pyramid skylight that makes this 1883 landmarked building one of the most unique spaces in all of New York City. Dine on a menu of classic American dishes like oysters Rockefeller and rabbit schnitzel made contemporary with seasonal, straight-from-the-farm ingredients. Meals are served in both the main restaurant and adjacent bar area, where you are surrounded by stained glass windows, exposed brick, and a feeling that is both historically luxurious and modern rock and roll at once.