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The 11 BEST Restaurants with a Central Park View | Dine Over NYC

The 11 BEST Restaurants with a Central Park View | Dine Over NYC

When it comes to dining with a view in NYC, nothing is better than enjoying some restaurants with a Central Park view.

Getting to see this beautiful 743 acre park from above, as you dine & drink, is a perfect addition for any trip to the city.

Read on to learn more about the best 11 bars & restaurants with views of Central Park.

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Central Park Restaurant View Map

To start, below you can find the 11 restaurants and bars that I will be talking through in this overview.

I have also included a helpful map so you can get a better sense of where each one of these spots are located in and around the park.

1) Bluebird London | 10 Columbus Circle

2) Porter House Bar & Grill | 10 Columbus Circle

3) Ascent Lounge New York | 10 Columbus Circle

4) Center Bar | 10 Columbus Circle

5) Per Se | 10 Columbus Circle

6) Tartinery | 10 Columbus Circle

7) MO Lounge – Mandarin Oriental | 80 Columbus Circle

8) Robert Restaurant | 2 Columbus Circle

9) Darling Bar – Park Lane Rooftop | 36 Central Park South

10) Tavern on the Green | in Central Park

11) Loeb Boathouse | in Central Park

As you can see, many of these restaurants & bars that have Central Park views are located in Columbus Circle, on the southwest corner of the park.

The first six places mentioned (Bluebird, Porter House, Ascent, Center Bar, Per Se, & Tartinery) are located within “The Shops at Columbus Circle” (aka “The Shops”). Essentially this is a small mall with a few floors, where you can find these restaurants and bars located throughout.

The remainder of the spots are located in other buildings around Columbus Circle, on Central Park South, or within Central Park itself.

Before going through the 11 restaurants & bars with a view of Central Park, I wanted to point out a few main considerations:

→ Please ALWAYS check latest opening days/hours, in case these change over time.

→ Be sure to also make reservations when necessary as these can be some of the most visited spots in the city.

→ If looking to enjoy the best views of Central Park, you will more often than not need to request (or hope for), a seat by the window. Not every table at each place will offer those views.

→ Feel free to check out some of the other Central Park views & views of NYC that can be found all throughout the area

Restaurants with Central Park Views

Bluebird London

Whether you are looking for brunch, lunch, dinner, or just some afternoon tea, Bluebird London is the perfect place to sit back and have a meal.

The restaurant is located on the 3rd floor of The Shops, and also includes a small café area for those that may not want a full dining experience.

From a menu perspective, you can expect “Modern British dining with diverse flavors”. Since the original restaurant was born out of London, the menu does include a healthy combination of British cuisine.

If you are looking for those Central Park views, you will want to snag a table closer to the windows. While you can see the park from other areas around the restaurant, it wont get better than the window seat.

Address: 10 Columbus Circle 3rd Floor


Lunch: Monday – Friday (12:00PM – 3:00PM)
Weekend Brunch: Saturday & Sunday (11:00AM – 3:00PM)
Dinner: Monday – Saturday (5:00PM – 8:00PM)
Happy Hour: Monday – Saturday (4:00PM – 7:00PM); Sunday (11:00AM – 3:00PM)
Afternoon Tea: Friday – Sunday (12:00PM – 3:00PM)

Menu & Reservations: Bluebird London Menu & Reservations

Bluebird London Central Park View

Porter House Bar & Grill

When it comes to steakhouse restaurants with a Central Park view, the Porter House Bar & Grill will be your go to.

This award-winning restaurant is run by chef Michael Lomonaco (who also heads up Center Bar – more on that next). Whether you are looking for steaks, seafood, chicken, duck, or pastas, the Porter House will have it all.

In addition to the restaurant, you will find an adjoining bar area for those that just want to enjoy a drink or two with a view.

As always though, try to grab a table closer to the windows, where you will get those Central Park & Columbus Circle views.

Address: 10 Columbus Circle 4th Floor


Monday: 5:00PM – 10:00PM
Tuesday: 12:00PM – 2:30PM & 5:00PM – 10:00PM
Wednesday: 12:00PM – 2:30PM & 5:00PM – 10:00PM
Thursday: 12:00PM – 2:30PM & 5:00PM – 10:00PM
Friday: 12:00PM – 2:30PM & 5:00PM – 10:00PM (Bar open all day)
Saturday: 12:00PM – 2:30PM & 5:00PM – 10:00PM (Bar open all day)
Sunday: 12:00PM – 2:30PM

Menu: Porter House Bar & Grill

Reservations: Porter House Bar & Grill Reservations

Porter House Bar & Grill Central Park

Ascent Lounge New York

If you are looking for a cocktail lounge experience with views of Central Park, then the Ascent Lounge will be your best bet.

Located on the 4th floor of The Shops at Columbus Circle, you will find this upscale lounge that opens in the late afternoon and lasts throughout the night.

When it comes to upscale establishments with views of Central Park, this is going to be towards the top of the list. It is a beautiful setting, with attentive service & high quality beverage options.

Their menu is filled with a whole array of cocktails and an extensive wine & champagne selection.

In addition to the drinks, you will also find small plates that can be ordered for the table.

Address: 10 Columbus Circle 4th Floor


Monday: 4:00PM – 12:00AM
Tuesday: 4:00PM – 12:00AM
Wednesday: 4:00PM – 1:00AM
Thursday: 4:00PM – 2:00AM
Friday: 4:00PM – 3:00AM
Saturday: 2:00PM – 3:00AM
Sunday: 2:00PM – 10:00PM

Menu: Ascent Lounge Menu

Reservations: Ascent Lounge Reservations

Ascent Lounge

Center Bar

In the middle of the 4th Floor of The Shops, you will find the Center Bar. Unlike most of the other spots on the list, the Center Bar is not in an enclosed setting.

Instead you will have the building itself surrounding you in all directions. Due to this, there is not necessarily a “window seat”. Views of Columbus Circle and Central Park can be viewed from across the huge Columbus Circle windows.

If you are looking for an elegant & sophisticated vibe with an extensive drink selection, then give Center Bar a try.

Address: 10 Columbus Circle 4th Floor


Tuesday – Saturday (4:30PM – 10:30PM)

Menu: Center Bar Menu

Reservations: Center Bar Reservations

Center Bar Central Park Views

Per Se

The fanciest and most upscale of dining options over Central Park is at a restaurant called Per Se, which is also located on the fourth floor of 10 Columbus.

The restaurant is run by chef Thomas Keller, and has been awarded three Michelin stars. At Per Se, you will choose between a couple 9 course tasting menus. These tasting menus come at the price of $390 and deposits are required at booking.

In addition to the tasting menus, you will be able to choose from a 2,000+ bottle wine list. Whatever you are looking for, Per Se will have an option to select.

So, if you are looking for some French inspired cuisine, and want some of the highest quality food that the city has to offer, then Per Se could be for you.

Address: 10 Columbus Circle 4th Floor


Sunday – Saturday (4:30PM – 8:30PM)

Menu: Per Se Menu

Reservations: Per Se Reservations


Perhaps the most affordable dining option with a view of Central Park will be Tartinery. Similarly, to the Center Bar, this is not an enclosed restaurant.

Instead, you will have a cordoned off section in the middle of the third floor of The Shops with views of Central Park through the massive Columbus Circle windows.

At Tartinery you will find a French inspired café, with its main highlight being the tartine (an opened face Paris style sandwich). In addition to that, there will be plenty more pastries, salads, & other options to choose from.

Address: 10 Columbus Circle 3rd Floor


Monday: 9:00AM – 8:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM – 8:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM – 8:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM – 9:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM – 9:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 9:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 7:00PM

Menu: Tartinery Menu

Reservations: N/A

Tartinery Central Park Columbus Circle

MO Lounge

Moving out of 10 Columbus Circle, you have 80 Columbus Circle just around the corner. Here is where you will find the famous Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Instead of just enjoying views of Central Park from 3 or 4 floors off the ground, why not head up 35 floors above the ground.

After entering the building, you can head up the building to the 35th floor, where the reception area is located. Just besides reception you will find the MO Lounge.

This full day lounge offers some of the best Central Park restaurant views that you can ask for. You will get to see straight down Central Park South with the park down below.

MO offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, alongside an array of drinks to choose from.

Be aware that prices will be on the expensive side (like most places on the list), due to the unique Central Park views that it offers.

Location: 80 Columbus Circle | Mandarin Oriental Hotel | 35th Floor


7:00AM – 11:00PM (closes 12:00AM from Thursday to Saturday)

Menu: MO Lounge Menu

Reservations: MO Lounge Reservations

Hotel Booking: Mandarin Oriental

MO Lounge Central Park
Mandarin Oriental Central Park View

Robert Restaurant

Another Columbus Circle restaurant that offers views of Central Park is Robert. This one is located on the southern end of Columbus Circle in the Museum of Arts & Design.

You do not need to purchase tickets though to enter the restaurant. Simply make your way up to the ninth floor, where you will be welcomed to a new perspective of Central Park from above.

The northern wall of the restaurant offers floor to ceiling windows with fantastic views of Central Park looking northbound. This will be a much different angle of Central Park compared to all the places previously mentioned (which are all on the western side of Columbus Circle).

Robert is a modern American restaurant with sophisticated dishes and an elegant ambiance. In addition to its food & drinks, you will also find live music many nights during the week.

When it comes down to food quality, atmosphere, views and price, Robert may be the restaurant to beat.

Location: 2 Columbus Circle | Museum of Arts & Design | 9th Floor


Lunch: 12:00PM – 4:00PM (Tuesday to Friday)
Weekend Brunch: 11:30AM – 2:30PM
Sunday to Thursday Dinner: 4:00PM – 8:00PM
Friday & Saturday Dinner: 4:00PM – 9:00PM

Menu: Robert Restaurant Menu

Reservations: Robert Restaurant Reservations

Robert Restaurant Central Park View

Darling Bar

All of the bars & restaurants with views of Central Park mentioned so far are in the Columbus Circle area.

However, there is one spot (and the only spot), on Central Park South that will hands down offer the best views of the park from above.

Located on the 47th floor of the Park Lane Hotel, you will find the Darling Bar. This bar was recently opened in 2022, and offers expansive views over the entirety of Central Park.

The bar is broken up into two main areas – the indoor lounge, and the enclosed patio. If you are looking for those views, then the patio is where you will want to be.

Reservations are necessary for the patio, but you may have luck with walk ins for just the lounge area.

One downside in general is that even on the patio, not all tables will offer views of the park while sitting down. Since some seating is lower to the ground, the view will not just be right beside you (rather you may need to extend up or stand in order to take in the view).

From Thursday through Saturdays, a DJ will also provide musical entertainment, so you can get some good vibes while dining out.

Breakfast Note: if you are a guest of the hotel, you will have the chance to enjoy a morning at the Darling Bar for breakfast. Feel free to look at the Park Lane Hotel for your trip to NYC!

Location: 36 Central Park South | Park Lane Hotel | 47th Floor


Tuesday – Thursday: 5:00PM – 12:00AM
Friday – Saturday: 5:00PM – 1:00AM

Menu: Darling Bar Menu

Reservations: Darling Bar Reservations

Hotel Booking: Park Lane Hotel 

Tavern on the Green

Now it is time to move within Central Park itself. This will be a completely different experience when compared to getting an elevated view of Central Park.

Instead, the Tavern on the Green is located right in the interior of Central Park. The restaurant is near the southwest corner of the park at the extension of 66th / 67th Street. You can enter from the street or within the park.

While you wont get those elevated views, you will be surrounded by the park’s natural beauty.

The tavern itself has a bit of history as it was one of the original structures within the park.

Calvert Vaux (one of the park’s designers), created this place to keep the sheep that grazed on the nearby Sheep Meadow. It wasn’t until 1934 that it turned into an establishment to serve food & drinks to visitors.

The restaurant offers both a lunch/brunch and dinner options (with just an hour of closing time between the two).

At Tavern on the Green, you will find an indoor and outdoor seating area (open during the season). If you are there when weather permits, I would recommend eating outside among the Central Park nature.

Note: there also is a Tavern To Go option for quick bites & snacks

Location: 67th Street & Central Park West


Monday: 11:00AM – 4:00PM & 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Tuesday: 11:00AM – 4:00PM & 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Wednesday: 11:00AM – 4:00PM & 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Thursday: 11:00AM – 4:00PM & 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Friday: 11:00AM – 4:00PM & 5:00PM – 11:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 3:30PM & 5:00PM – 11:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM – 3:30PM & 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Tavern To Go: 8:00AM – 5:00PM daily

Menu: Tavern on the Green Menu

Reservations: Tavern on the Green Reservations

Tavern on the Green

Loeb Boathouse

Location: 72nd Street & East Drive

Hours: Currently Closed

Menu: N/A

Reservations: N/A

Last on the list is the one and only Loeb Boathouse. The boathouse is another historical structure within Central Park that has been renovated over the years to what you see today.

Sadly, the Boathouse closed at the end of 2022 due to some disagreements. While it is closed for now, the hope is that an agreement is reached sometime in the future.

UPDATE: Good news! The Boathouse will be opening under new management starting in June 2023.

Until then, you will just have to enjoy the view of the Boathouse or even take a paddle boat onto the nearby Lake.

Loeb Boathouse View

While there are other restaurants with a view of Central Park, these are going to be the top ones on the list. Many other spots may be located further away and just give glimpses of the park from afar.

At the end of the day, I am sure you will be able to find a Central Park restaurant view that works for you and your culinary tastes.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to add them in below. Also, don’t forget to check out the other New York itineraries and guides up on the site (like this 4 Day NYC itinerary).

Have fun out there and safe travels!

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