I heard the Empire State Building and the Top of the Rock aren't worth the crowds, recommendation for less popular and crowded places? I don't mind rooftop bars. Thanks!
When will you be in the city? Recommendations may depend on whether you'll be in the city during cold or warm weather.
Yep, agree with blumewaybaby, but if its during the summer, last summer I spent my birthday evening on the Grand Banks yacht/restaurant that is docked at Pier 25....
then 2 months later I went up TOTR at dusk with my parents and we watched the sunset.....it was crowded, but not like we couldn't see, as its full of people to different levels most times.....are you looking for a romantic time or no people?
Pier 25 was going to be my recommendation. You don''t even have to have dinner there -- it has an amazing view of the sunset and the reflections off of the Manhattan buildings are spectacular.
Watching sunset from vs. on Manhattan are both breathtaking. High Line for former and Gantry Park for latter.
Several other options but these two come to mind. Enjoy!Edited: 11:39 pm, July 09, 2018
My favorite sunset in New York is to board the Staten Island Ferry just before sunset (check the time before you go), watch the sun descend behind the Statue of Liberty to the horizon as you pass it. On the return trip, go to the front of the boat and watch the approach to Lower Manhattan as the sky turns darker blue and the lights of the towers get closer and brighter. If the weather is nice enough, stand outside and listen to the water. That may very well be the best hour that you spend in New York.
We accidentally experienced a lovely sunset from the park on Roosevelt Island looking West across the East River towards Manhattan then took the aerial tram back over at twilight. Watched the sun going down from a park bench as the lights started to come on across the city.