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Dinner with a View in NYC

By: Ellina Koo

Do you want to spend the weekend chilling outside, having a glance at the phenomenal views of New York City? If you said yes, there are a lot of diverse rooftop restaurants offering the best views of NYC with delicious food and proper Covid protocols in place. Choosing the top rooftop restaurants in New York City was very difficult because there are so many options, so here are the top-rated restaurants with astonishing views that will blow your mind and satisfy your tastebuds. 

Near Madison Square Park, the 230 Fifth Rooftop bar is most importantly known for an all-season penthouse indoor/outdoor rooftop bar and lounge that features amazing views of the Empire State Building. This rooftop is New York’s largest outdoor rooftop garden that spotlights 14,000 square feet of space full of seating areas which allow everyone to have the perfect view of the city. Not only that but, it offers live music, brunch, and refreshing drinks in addition to their regular menu which includes entrees like BBQ baby back ribs and burgers. While the winter months can get very cold, this restaurant introduced the creative idea of igloos with heaters to extend the rooftop dining season throughout the entire year. 230 Fifth Rooftop is very well known in NYC and has over tens of thousands of positive Google reviews. This place is definitely worth trying out with ample opportunity to remain socially distant and outside. So check out their Instagram and their website to make a reservation!

If you are a lover of Mexican food, this rooftop restaurant will absolutely be the best choice for you! Alma is a Mexican restaurant located in Brooklyn that provides panoramic views of Lower Manhattan. While tasting the flavors of Mexico, you can also get your Vitamin D by sitting outside and enjoying the breathtaking views of NYC. This is a popular destination that serves different flavors of food ranging from simple dishes with guacamole to spicier dishes like the Pescado, which has a fried red snapper in it. Check out to make a reservation!

Are you looking for fresh pictures of breathtaking views of the city to post on social media? Well, Upstairs is the right place for you since it is known to offer Midtown’s most aesthetic view, so gather up your friends and get pictures that spice up your social media page. Upstairs is located in the Kimberly Hotel and has great food, drinks, and an atmosphere with a live DJ through the seating area. It is a great place to meet up with friends or even host a party/reception. The fascinating part about Upstairs is that it boasts a 360-degree view of NYC, and it offers an experience like no other, focusing on a relaxed luxurious setting. This rooftop restaurant provides breakfast and brunch menus. Certainly, check out their website and their Instagram for spectacular views of Midtown!

During these challenging and unusual times, checking out one of these popular rooftop locations will help cool your mind with the mind-boggling views of New York City! You can visit these places for an escape from every day while safely socially distancing outside with your friends and family.

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