New York has an abundance of gorgeous natural views all across the state AND is well known for its culinary scene, so you won’t be surprised that restaurants have popped up in stunning spots. From waterfront dining along oceans, lakes, and rivers, to waterfalls, to city skyline views, New York State offers memorable dining opportunities for everyone. Remember to stay as local as possible when traveling, while bringing a mask or face covering to wear when it's not possible to keep six feet apart from others not in your party. Please call ahead or check websites and social media to be aware of any changes to restaurant operations.
Gurney’s (Long Island)
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa in Montauk has five different dining and cocktail options that you can enjoy whether or not you are a guest of the resort. Each venue has a view of the water, with The Beach Club (pictured) being the only place in the Hamptons where you can get appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and cocktails on the beach along the ocean. Scarpetta Beach (Italian, seafood), Tillie’s (American comfort food), Corso Coffee, and The Regent Cocktail Club make up the rest of Gurney’s impressive offerings. The Beach Club is seasonal.
Shadows on the Hudson (Hudson Valley)
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If you’re looking to grab a bite after strolling across Walkway Over the Hudson or visiting FDR’s home and library, watch the sunset from Shadows on the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, 40 feet above the river. In warmer months, enjoy the award-winning restaurant’s porch seating with a view of the Mid-Hudson Bridge. The menu includes a seafood raw bar, burgers, pasta, and signature cocktails.
The View at Mirror Lake Inn (Adirondacks)
The View is the only AAA Four-Diamond “Exceptional” restaurant in Lake Placid, which would be reason enough for a visit on its own, but it also has a spectacular vista of Mirror Lake Inn and the mountains. Even with the accolades, The View keeps a relaxed atmosphere, a feeling you can keep going with a visit to the spa afterward. The seasonal menus feature locally sourced ingredients as well as vegetables grown on site. Reservations required.
Glen Iris Inn (Greater Niagara)
Sit on the porch of the adorable Glen Iris Inn for the ambiance of a lifetime. The view overlooks Middle Falls on the Genesee River within Letchworth State Park, and you can hear the water rushing in the background while dining. The menu includes small plates, salads, sandwiches, hot entrees, and desserts. There’s also a spring picnic menu for those who’d like to take lunch to go while visiting the park.
Heirloom Restaurant (Chautauqua-Allegheny)
This lovely dining experience is only open during Chautauqua’s nine-week summer season, so don’t miss your chance to enjoy a meal here. Open to both visitors and guests of The Athenaeum Hotel, Heirloom serves up satisfying eats in a bright environment. Catch scenic glimpses of Chautauqua Lake as you savor the breakfast buffet. Seasonal.
The Otesaga Resort (Central New York)
Sit back and take in the sights at any one of the three dining options available at this Cooperstown resort. Situated right on Lake Otsego, there are plenty of opportunities for picturesque moments. Enjoy classic American cuisine made with the freshest local ingredients and study the extensive fine wine list. The Otesaga Veranda is the place to be while the lake shimmers in the summer sunlight.
(Note: Wellington's is currently open only for takeout.) Attached to the Renaissance Albany Hotel in downtown Albany, Wellington’s boasts views of the spectacular New York State Capitol, known for its intricate architecture and turreted towers. Dine with a view and enjoy farm-to-table specialties and innovative cocktails.
Saint Lawrence Château (Thousand Islands-Seaway)
This gem in Clayton is not only a popular distillery and farm-to-table restaurant, but a great locale to catch a glimpse of the St. Lawrence River. Menu items vary, from the pulled pork, cutely titled “I Like Pig Butts and I Cannot Lie” at brunch to Chicken Riggies and Salmon Piccata.
Creekside Restaurant & Bar (Catskills)
Located on the Catskill Creek less than a mile from the Hudson River, this all-American restaurant offers fine cuisine, tasty cocktails, and live music with a view of the river. Plus, it's boat-accessible, with transient docks available in front of the restaurant.
Top of the Falls Restaurant (Greater Niagara)
There are so many ways to experience the wonders of Niagara Falls, whether going on a Cave of the Winds or Maid of the Mist Tour or eating at Top of the Falls Restaurant just 200 feet away from the sprays. Offering American cuisine, classics like Niagara Fish & Chips, Beef on Weck, and burgers, and plenty of desserts, this spot overlooks Terrapin Point on Goat Island. Seasonal, May to September.