|NYC landmark map on the cocktail napkins|
I don’t know what it is about skylines, but I’m in love with a good view. My theory on why I love the skyline view of NYC is that when I’m on ground level I’m consumed by the giant city, but on a rooftop the city seems spacious and beautiful. Whether a view is created by Mother Nature or man, you must admit that there are some gorgeous sights to be seen in this world (and I plan on seeing as many as possible!). This is probably why The View NYC Restaurant and Lounge is one of my new favorite restaurants!
The View NYC is on the 47th and 48th floors of the Marriott Marquis on Broadway. The restaurant moves in a complete circle every hour, so there is not a bad table in the house. I had a great view of Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Hudson River, and more! I’d love to go back this summer when it’s light out later in the evening to really see as much as possible.
Now on to the food!
For appetizers, I tried the sauteed gnocchi and jumbo shrimp dishes. I’ve never tried gnocchi before, and it was a pleasant experience. Having said that, I’d have to say that the shrimp was my favorite appetizer dish, but I’m slightly biased because I love seafood. I did have some issues deciding on an entree though. There were a lot of good choices, but side dishes can be deal breakers in my book. For example, I love salmon, but I wasn’t feeling broccoli rabe that evening (although I do like it thanks to Runner in Denial’s yummy and healthy cooking skills!) To be honest, I’d order every entree on the menu if I was in the mood for that particular food at the time, but I decided to go with the Duo of Pork – tenderloin, braised bacon, mashed sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts. This is new for me because I don’t think I’ve ever ordered a pork dish at a restaurant in my entire life. I’m more of a steak kinda girl. The tenderloin was really good, and the vegetable side dishes were to die for. Seriously, I could eat the mashed sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts for dessert and be a happy camper. I wasn’t really a fan of the braised bacon, because it was really fatty and chewy. I like my bacon crispy, but the vegetables definitely made up for it.
While the veggies were as good as dessert, I still had to order some sweets (plus it came with the meal!). We got the NY cheesecake and Boston creme pie dishes – both were amazing and having to name a favorite would probably be the equivalent of choosing a favorite child. Dessert time was rushed because it was almost time for Rock of Ages to begin (it’s right next door by the way if you are deciding on a play to see), but the restaurant is really good about getting guests to their shows on time. They even have a “pre-theater menu” made specificially for diners doing dinner and a show (It has a more condensed version of the dinner menu). Speaking of other menus, there is also a dinner buffet on the lounge level, but the buffet menu doesn’t sound nearly as good surprisingly. I recommend the dinner menu all the way!
Based off the spectacular city views and the delicious dishes, I will probably be taking all my friends and family to The View from now on (especially first time NYC visitors). It really is a great way to experience the city especially if you were planning on seeing a play or visiting Times Square in the first place. I suggest making reservations, even though the place was practically empty when I went on a Monday evening.
Have you ever been to The View? Let me know in the comments below. I’d also love recommendations for cool NYC skyline restaurants/bars if you have any!
Stay fit and fabulous,