When is the food at a great new restaurant not the main reason to go there? When it’s Manhatta, by restaurant magician Danny Meyer. This one is literally in the sky, 60 floors up in the Financial District.
The view is breathtaking, the place designed very of-the-moment, and the staff gracious and welcoming.

Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group now boasts more than a dozen “family members.” I’ve tried the Union Square Cafe, Maialino, and Gramercy Tavern, and have found Meyer never disappoints, especially because his restaurants are no tipping — what he calls hospitality included. So you know before you go.

At Manhatta, a three course dinner is $78 dollars. Of course that doesn’t include drinks, coffee, or the tax, but it’s still almost a bargain for a very special evening.
The food isn’t quite as marvelous as at his other places, but it’s still awfully good. I had the Foie Gras Mousse to start, and it was smooth, light, and delicious. The Veal “Blanquette,” with Mushrooms & Sweetbreads, was the most tender veal I’ve ever tasted. The Burrata desert was a disappointment, but when the waiter saw I’d left most of it over, he offered something else.

The Chocolate Mousse with Toasted Meringue cheered me as I took at the view of New York as the sun set and the recognizable buildings turned into a glittering spectacle.
Currently, Manhatta only books 28 days in advance, so you’ll probably have to check every day until something works.

We ended up taking a 5:45 seating on a Sunday, which turned out to be perfect. Dinner lasted about 2 1/2 hours.

Manhatta is located on the 60th Floor, at 28 Liberty Street. 212-230-5788. Open Sunday-Wednesday 5pm-9:30pm, Thursday-Saturday 5pm-10pm. Enter through the dedicated Manhatta lobby at the corner of Liberty and William Streets. Within a 5 minute walk of the 2/3, 4/5, J/Z, and R/W trains.

Photos courtesy of Manhatta.

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