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“Not bad but definitely overpriced”

The View Restaurant & Lounge
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Ranked #719 of 14,378 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: US$38 - US$84
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Good for: View, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: 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 23 November 2010

We decided to go here after a Broadway show for the dessert and cheese buffet and cocktails. First of all, getting to the View Lounge itself can be a little confusing. You have to get an escalator to the first floor before getting an express lift to the View Lounge – easy when you know how, but with so many people milling around waiting for lifts and obscuring the signs that tell you this, we had no idea where we were supposed to go at first. Once we finally got there all was well – we asked for a table by the window and they kindly obliged. Our waiter was very friendly, giving us advice on how to find our way back to the table from the buffet, what we could see from our current point in the revolution, etc. The view on the night we went was not spectacular, but then it was raining and foggy, which obscured most of the tall buildings – I imagine that by day or on a clear night it would be lovely. The décor of the Lounge itself was nice – it was a little bigger than I had anticipated which was good as there was plenty of room for everyone to sit near a window. The buffet itself was pretty good. There was a decent variety to choose from, with three different cheeses, two types of cracker, pretzel sticks, a lot of different types of cakes and desserts, fruit, marshmallows and a chocolate fountain. We ate a lot of strawberries! Everything was nice but inevitably you can only eat so much rich food. The cocktails were amazing – I ordered a Long Island Iced Tea and the waiter warned me it was kind of strong. Happily he wasn’t wrong and only two of them gave me a nice little buzz! The only complaint I would have is that it’s quite expensive. We knew in advance that there was a $8 per person cover charge so that didn’t bother us, and we knew how much the buffets and drinks would cost from the website, but complete with service charge it all adds up to more than you’d thought somehow. Also be warned (and to be fair I think they do mention it somewhere on their menu) if you’re using a debit card or a pre-paid credit card like us that they will put an hold on some money on your card that, in our case at least, still has not been released a full week after our visit, even though the charge for the total amount for the bill has been finalised for a few days. I wouldn’t necessarily mind if it was only a small amount but in our case it’s around $49 that we have on our card but can’t spend, so I’m not very happy about that. Still, all in all, it was an expensive but good experience. The revolving aspect put a bit of a unique spin on the experience (no pun intended) and it was great fun – it didn’t make either of us nauseous at all, as others have complained about. Definitely a one-off though – we’re glad we went but we wouldn’t go back. If you’re thinking of going I would recommend ensuring that it’s a clear day/evening, be finished by 8pm when the cover charge kicks in and use a credit card to pay if you can.

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Reviewed 16 November 2010

great food and a very attentive, actually friendly staff (in NYC).....and well, as it's name states, the view from this revolving restuarant atop the Marriot Marquis is fabulous! ENJOY!!

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Thank LuvinMomx3
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Reviewed 11 November 2010

Booked to eat in the Restaurant (not the Buffet) on a Saturday night. This meant we
were whisked past the queues for the lift. Atmospere excellent and of course views were great. Food was very good quality (much better than I feared it might be for such a tourist spot). Service was brisk, but friendly.
Very expensive, but worth it for a special occassion.

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Thank CliffordM8
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Reviewed 10 November 2010

We went to the revelving bar at t he top of the Marriott Marquis on Times Sqaure for a cocktail and to take in the view. What a disappointment - the bar menue was distinctly average, you could not have so much as a peanut (instead the expected you to partake of the dodgy looking buffet) and the decor and music were 1970s - and I don;t mean retro. For a location that could have been absolutely fabulous (the views were) the whole experience sucked!

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Reviewed 3 November 2010

We were a group of cousins from Canada, UK and US who planned to meet in New York City. One of the cousins was celebrating a 60th birthday and we chose The View Restaurant for this purpose. The views were amazing. The pricing was high but the food was excellent and the service was superb. It was quiet the night we were there, but everyone was having fun - there were two other groups having birthdays as well. We saw couples having a romantic evening and families out for dinner. Dress could be business casual or dressy - your choice. The waiters were happy to take our picture so we could have a picture with all of us in it. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Thank arlene444
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