Introducing Manhatta, NYC’s New Sky-High Restaurant with Views of 70 Pine

Introducing Manhatta, NYC’s New Sky-High Restaurant with Views of 70 Pine

What’s newly opened, 813 feet high and serves food? It’s Manhatta, Lower Manhattan’s new sky-high restaurant perched on the 60th floor of the 28 Liberty Street building. We didn’t spell that incorrectly — Manhatta comes from manna-hata, the Lenni-Lenape language’s name for Manhattan and the title of a Walt Whitman poem.

In addition to the French-inspired cuisine, the restaurant offers sweeping 360-degree views of New York City, including the peak of 952-foot-high 70 Pine — the skyscraper Q&A Hotel calls home. Manhatta held a low-key opening on July 17 after much anticipation by foodies, critics and industry watchers. Here’s everything you need to know about this lofty addition to the neighborhood.

Where is Manhatta located?

Manhatta is located inside 28 Liberty Street, a banking skyscraper in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, just a block away from Q&A Hotel. It’s on the 60th floor, the highest floor in the building.

Who’s behind Manhatta?

Manhatta is the latest project by NYC restauranteur Danny Meyer, CEO of the famed Union Square Hospitality Group. The USHG family of restaurants includes renowned names like Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, Daily Provisions and now Manhatta.

What kind of food does Manhatta serve?

The fare at Manhatta, under the direction of Chef Jason Pfeifer, is described on the website as “seasonal and soulful food inspired by French flavors,” complemented by a wine list rooted heavily in France. The owners made it a point to not let the views come at the expense of quality food, which is a common complaint about similar restaurants.

The menu currently includes classics like smoked sable, roasted chicken, grilled lamb and chocolate mousse, as well as more refined dishes like foie gras mousse, Scotch snails, Atlantic turbot and warm date cake.

What’s the atmosphere like?

Despite Manhatta’s soaring height, Danny Meyer and team designed the restaurant to combine “sky-high views with the down-to-earth spirit of a neighborhood spot.” In fact, the space was designed with the blinds closed so the views wouldn’t factor into the process.

Speaking of views, they’re seen from tall, floor-to-ceiling windows and include NYC’s boroughs, waterways and bridges. The design is clean, and modern, with leather, granite and bronze materials in muted colors. There’s a full bar and central open kitchen with mirrors behind the counter, so those seated there can see the view in the reflection.

How’s the pricing?

For now, the three-course prix-fixe dinner is $78 per person. The bar offers a smaller à la carte menu, with small plates running from $9 – $12 and entrees going for $18 – $38. Cocktails are $18 and wines are $16 – $29 a glass.

Controversially so, Danny Meyer restaurants do not accept tips.

What are critics saying so far?

They love the views, of course, with the New York Post audaciously calling them “the grandest views New York diners have known since we lost Windows on the World on 9/11.” Eater New York and Food & Wine have also raved about the menu, atmosphere and visual components. Reviews addressing the food itself are still to come.

Manhatta is open Sundays through Wednesdays from 5pm to 9:30pm, and Thursdays through Saturdays from 5pm to 10pm. Reservations are recommended for table seating.

For more on the Lower Manhattan food scene and beyond, check the Q&A Hotel blog.