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“Great views, ridiculous prices!”

The View Restaurant & Lounge
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Ranked #804 of 13,936 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $38 - $84
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Good for: Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: 45th Street and Broadway
Transit: N,R to 49th Street, 1,2,3,9 to Times Square and A,C,E to 42nd Street. Buses: M7, M42, M10
Description: Perched atop the hotel, the View Restaurant & Lounge is New York City's only revolving rooftop restaurant. Enjoy a breathtaking 360 view from the heart of the Times Square Theatre District amid an all-encompassing dining experience. The seasonally changing "New American Cuisine" features the best products from artisanal producers including top quality steaks, chops and seafood. Prix-Fixe Dinner. Please join us for Sunday Mimosa Brunch from 10:00am - 1:30pm, $59 per person, including two mimosas for each adult guest. Please note: Reservations can only be made for dining in our restaurant; the lounge is first come; first seated. Thank you! Also contact us directly for details on our all-new Broadway Lounge with panoramic Times Square views, Crossroads American Kitchen & Bar, our elegant Concierge Lounge and our 100,000+ square feet of meeting space.
Reviewed February 2, 2013

We visited the View Restaurant for cocktails after watching Chicago on Broadway. Firstly it seemed like an inconvenience when we asked for two small tables to be put together so we could see the skyscrapers. Instead we were seated away from the windows.

We had a cocktail each for 3 of us and were charged cover of $8 each because we didn't stay in the Marriot. The Long Island Iced Tea was great but the Cosmopolitan cocktail could have been much better. The waitress that was covering all the tables was rushed off her feet.

Our check was approx. $140!! Yes the view is amazing, but you do feel like that, is all that is going for the 'Revolving Bar' as it is known. We were given two checks, the waitress gave a random explanation saying that if we wanted to leave a tip then sign the second check, if not sign the first, confusing.

It is a shame it could be so much better. On the flip side of the coin the views of NYC at night were great.

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Thank Ruggedadventurer
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

since the restaurant slowly goes "round" you only have to wait to see the view from another perspective. The waitress said "you don't know how many people ask for a better table". lol
Food was good, fast, we were seeing a broadway show.

Thank lovenlife1
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

First start off with the positives: there is a decent view. But nothing like you'd see from the Rockefeller or the Empire State buildings, and as first time visitor to NYC I didn't know what to expect.

My friend actually recommended this place, but to be honest he only recommended I get a cocktail and check out the view. After our flight though, my fiancee and I were starving and the idea of a buffet actually sounded really good. We later found out after we were seated that we were required to order a drink. I almost always only drink water. The buffet itself was incredibly disappointing: some chicken breast and beef stroganoff were the only entree foods I could find. At first they tasted decent but not great, but that was probably the hunger where everything tastes pretty good. The cost of the meal was $120 for the both of us, making for the smallest and most expensive buffet I've ever had. Would not go back.

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Thank JeremyFromToronto
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

For sure, great views of the city and Times Square. However, if you are going up at night for drinks, there is always a line, a cover charge (if you are staying at the Marriott the cover charge is waived), and the drinks are so over priced. So be warned! To make the complete circle around it takes 1 hour and 15 minutes.. yes, I timed it!

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Reviewed February 1, 2013

As a group of 4 we visited The View on our first night in the city. Although there was a view, it didnt blow me away as the building just wasnt high enough and you were more amongst things than surveying them.

The food was average at best and in no way worth the price - and the wine was also expensive. We decided to order only one bottle and declined the cocktail, after which the waiter completely lost interest in our table as he saw his tip dwindle - focussing on the large party next door. As a result, the service was embarassing.

I wasn't impressed, wouldn't visit again and wouldn't reccommend.

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Thank YorkshireCrackers123
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