Start with the 150-foot-high panoramic front windows, which frame all the seasons of the park, from the vibrant spring blooms to the captivating fall foliage. The lobby great room is that rare Manhattan interior where you can see expansive blue skies — sans skyscrapers, no less — by day and glittering lights at night. It’s impossible to resist the photo opp.
Those windows make any spot in Bouchon Bakery & Cafe irresistible. You’ll have a hard time focusing on your coffee and scrumptious pastry (thank you, Thomas Keller) with the views of Central Park, Columbus Circle, and fashionable 59th Street distracting you.
At A Voce, the view and Italian cuisine are stiff competition. Could it be that Christopher Columbus himself, visible on his 70-foot-high monument out the window, envies your delicious vantage point rather than his? You bet he does.
If you have to ask, you can’t afford it. Some of the city’s hottest residential real estate along Central Park South is captured in the view from Porter House Bar and Grill, which also takes in busy Merchant’s Gate. When you tire of the view (not likely), busy yourself with chef Michael Lomonaco’s delicious steaks. And count yourself lucky.