Editor’s note: This story was originally published August 15, 2016 and has been updated.
Everyone in Manhattan has it wrong. The best way to enjoy the wondrous vista of the New York City skyline is across the Hudson in our fair state of New Jersey. We’ve rounded up the best and most unexpected places to eat a meal while taking in the view.
It doesn’t matter where you sit in this eatery because after undergoing renovations in 2012 every table has the Manhattan panorama. In the warmer months there’s a patio to get an even more unobstructed view. And to make it even more of a special experience the food is created by Chef Karlo Dobric, formerly of New York’s famed Cipriani and Le Cirque. Many couples have even hosted weddings in the picture-perfect location.
Signature Dish: Brined 22oz pork porterhouse with sweet and spicy braised onions and charred brussels sprouts ($32).
Well, the restaurant has its name for a reason. Situated on the third floor of the Hyatt, the floor-to-ceiling windows let you see everything from the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty. You can hang out in the lounge portion for a cocktail or head over to the dining area where there’s a menu to please anyone’s appetite.
Signature Dish: Vegan cauliflower steak with marinated artichokes, black olives, spiced tomato purée, and sunflower seed gremolata ($19).
Mitchell’s Fish Market in Edgewater
Mitchell’s was opened this summer in the former site of the Crab House and juts out into the Hudson River with incredible views of Midtown Manhattan. The long menu features tons of delicious seafood dishes and a full bar selection of cocktails. This place leaves the view as the decoration and keeps the inside atmosphere pretty casual. It’s certainly a new spot worth checking out.
Signature Dish: The charbroiled oysters ($14) and the crabcakes ($14) are a must-try.
Haven in Edgewater
Located in between the George Washington Bridge and the Lincoln Tunnel, you’ll get prime viewing of uptown from every seat inside the dining room or out on the patio. Their food is locally sourced and the interior is elegantly designed. Bonus: you’re just feet from the water making it even more of a romantic spot.
Signature Dish: Around the world oyster tasting. You get 4 atlantic, 4 pacific, 4 kumamoto for $36.
Many restaurants that boast city views tend to focus on similar cuisines. That’s why we love this modern Japanese restaurant because it has the same stunning scape with some sushi instead of steak. Of course, the rolls are to die for, but they also provide a full menu of other tasty items like grilled tuna and steak.
Signature Dish: Sake Ikura Don comes with seared salmon, regular salmon sashimi and ikura (salmon roe) over sushi rice, served with egg and snow peas ($17).
While most of the restaurants with NYC views are perched along the Hudson River, this hidden gem is up on a hilltop. Get there just before sunset to watch a spectacular natural light show. Toast to the skyline at the outdoor bar or simply enjoy it as your backdrop inside the dining room.
Signature Dish: Duck Ragout is ground duck, wild mushrooms, diced carrots,
homemade pappardelle pasta, shaved parmigiano reggiano cheese, and rich duck truffle jus ($29).
Enjoy the sunset over Manhattan from this bar inside the W Hotel before heading out for a night on the town. They serve snacks, and have games to play, all while looking at unobstructed views of the city through their floor-to-ceiling windows. There are multiple spots to hang out so you can cozy up to your significant other.
Signature Dish: It’s more about the drinks here than the food.