Am I the only one fascinated by having my head in the clouds? I’m not interested in the daydream kind, but I love the kind where I’m so high I can marvel at panoramic views, uninterrupted by apartment blocks, and gaze at shimmering skyscrapers or glitzy night scenes. Sometimes you need to go up to experience a city fully. Enjoying a cocktail with your head in the clouds is a much more memorable experience than a margarita in a dingy side street bar.
New York, with its iconic skyscrapers and Art Deco buildings, is one city that you haven’t fully seen until you’ve feasted on it from above. Use my list of top skyline views as you plan your next trip to New York City, and find your own cloud nine.
Brasserie 1605 at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan is one of the best dining options at one of New York’s top hotels. As you feast on culinary delights, you’ll revel in the frenetic buzz and excitement of Times Square below. While tourists delight in pulsating neon, jostling for photos on the busy sidewalk, you can enjoy a relaxing martini at the brasserie above.
Book: Book a dining table in advance to avoid disappointment.
A trip to New York is incomplete without a bird’s-eye view of Manhattan from a helicopter. Imagine the excitement of being whisked up above the bustling streets, getting up close and personal with Lady Liberty, or taking in the shimmering monolith of the magnificent One World Observatory.
Costs: Flights start from $199.
Get There: Hop on the 1 train to South Ferry Station.
The Empire State Building
Who doesn’t remember Sunday afternoons on the sofa watching “King Kong” and dreaming of standing atop this beauty? This world-famous landmark is now a fabulous attraction that allows you to soar above the heart of the city.
Costs: Ticket prices start at $32.
Get There: Take the B, D, F, M, N, Q, or R lines to 34th Street – Herald Square Station.
One World Observatory
The new kid in town is the One World Observatory, where you can wine and dine or simply enjoy far-reaching views over the city. Ascend to the observation deck on the 101st floor in less than 60 seconds, and prepare to be stunned. From the highest viewpoint in town, you can drink in views of dazzling skyscrapers, cookie-cutter suburbs, and the intoxicating energy of the City That Never Sleeps. Observatory ticket holders can book a table at One Dine on the mezzanine for à la carte dining accompanied by VIP views from floor-to-ceiling windows.
Costs: Ticket prices are $34 for adults, $32 for seniors, and $28 for children.
Get There: Head to the World Trade Centre Station.
What’s your favourite rooftop destination in New York?
I’m always on the lookout for other fabulous venues in the clouds. If you have any other top recommendations, please let me know below.