Nestled inside the Museum of Modern Art, The Modern is Danny Meyer's upscale and completely irresistible dining space. While on the pricey side (the menu is strictly prix-fix), the stylish and contemporary space is not only sleek and minimalistic, but comes with a view of the museum's sculpture garden.
The Modern, 9 West 53rd Street (between 5th and 6th avenues); 212-333-1220.
Situated in the Time Warner Center, Marc Murphy's Landmarc looks out onto the hustle and bustle of Columbus Circle. Come for the classic Midtown Manhattan view, stay for the French-American fare: gourmet hamburgers with gruyère frites, boudin noir, and hand-cut filet mignon.
Landmarc, 10 Columbus Circle, #3; 212-823-6123.
The three-floor Brooklyn restaurant boasts a traditional Mexican menu (chips and guac, anyone?), an extensive tequila selection, oh, and a perfect view of Manhattan. While the East River and skyline can be viewed from any floor, the roof deck (which is open year-round), should be on any list of go-to spots.
Alma, 187 Columbia Street (at Degraw Street), Brooklyn; 718-643-5400.
Having a view of New Jersey may sound like a drag, but thanks to cities like Hoboken and Jersey City, the growing skyline makes for a captivating view. Jean-Georges Vongerichten's West Village spot, Perry Street — located in the all-glass Richard Meier Towers — has just that, plus cuisine that clearly comes from one of the world's most famous chefs.
Perry Street, 176 Perry Street (at West Side Highway); 212-352-1900.
Located on top of the Museum of Arts and Design, Robert is practically perfect. It has a view of Central Park, Columbus Circle, and Broadway. Its menu is filled with contemporary, American-Nouveau dishes and the interior — fulled with light installations, multi-colored modern furniture, and an array of sculptures — was certainly designed with the art aficionado in mind.
Robert, 2 Columbus Circle; 212-299-7730.