The Best of New York City – Restaurants with a View or with Michelin Stars? We Say Both

The Big Apple is undoubtedly world-famous for its mouth-watering culinary delights. From the laidback delis to the dazzling diners, New York City has never been shy in terms of colours, flavours or portion size. Feast to your heart’s content during your trip on a mouth-wateringly good New York City cheesecake, or a classic burger and fries. The bagels are another delicacy not to be missed, whilst the coffee is perfect to fuel a day of exploration. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a dining experience with the wow-factor, then look no further than these incredible spots.


One thing New York City does like no place else is incredible dining with a view. The 230 Fifth Rooftop, centrally located as the name suggests, offers the largest outdoor garden in the city with impressive views across the city. There are dining options here taking you from brunch to dinner, with cocktails and live music sure to put you in the dancing mood. Entertainment options include a range of comedy nights and seasonal celebrations, and from November to May, the venue has stunning outdoor igloos which offer intimate pods for guests and groups, where you can warm up over a coffee or hot chocolate.

For American and European dining at its finest, look no further than The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, which is the proud home of two Michelin-stars, describing itself as ‘a haven for romantics and nature lovers’ with views over the adjacent lake. The venue has a longstanding history, with its first form taking shape way back in 1872 as a small wooden boathouse. Menus at the restaurant offer the finest meat and fish produce, with dishes including roasted bone-in halibut, horse-radish crusted salmon and cast-iron roasted chicken. The tranquil outside bar is the perfect place to unwind over a drink with views over Central Park, and you can even enjoy a classic Venetian gondola tour on the lake after your night-cap.


Asian and Italian are two types of cuisine that New York has down to a tee, evident in the latest Michelin star guide. Japanese restaurant Masa, for example, offers a unique three Michelin-star experience next to Central Park. The extensive selection of sushi is complimented by the serene styling of the venue which evokes an earthy colour scheme, designed to act as a blank canvas allowing the food to take centre stage. Chef Masayoshi Takayama’s dream was to create an all-inclusive dining experience, and now offers what feels like a ceremonial evening for guests from the moment they walk through the door. Rated as one of the top sushi restaurants in America, this is certainly one to save for a special occasion.

In the heart of Greenwich Village, authentic Italian restaurant, Babbo, has been entertaining guests for more than two decades. Moments away from Washington Square Park, this two Michelin-star eatery aims to emulate the great Italian tradition of hospitality using local ingredients, and serving guests with joy. Reading the menu is enough to get the taste buds tingling with Mussels “alla Tarantina”, Beef Cheek Ravioli and Pan Seared Black Cod as just a few examples of the delicious offering. Guests can finish the evening with a sweet gelato or sorbet to cleanse the palette, although you’ll definitely want to savour the taste!

A luxury meal is the perfect way to celebrate a successful day of shopping at the high-end designer outlet property, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets®. Located just one hour from Manhattan, this is the place to pick up those envy-inducing names from Balenciaga to Hugo BOSS. Dress to impress at these Michelin-star venues with accessories from Givenchy or Versace, with up to 65% off original prices every day. Men can suit up at the likes of Paul Smith and Burberry, whilst ladies designer shoes can be picked up at Jimmy Choo and Zimmerman. With a new purchase on, a cocktail in hand, and a stunning view to feast your eyes on, this will certainly be holiday to remember.

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