Must-See Washington Heights
by Laura Kusnyer, 07/31/2013
Photo: Mike Tauber
348 Dyckman Street, 212-567-6300
Visitors going out for the first time in Washington Heights should start their evening at La Marina. It's worth the trek for its views of the George Washington Bridge and Hudson River alone. Beyond the views, another draw is the restaurant's size; it's enormous, almost three venues in one. It has two outdoor patios—one with a raw bar—and a glass-enclosed indoor space. Next to the restaurant is the main bar, which faces another patio, this one a lively party spot. And a stone's throw from there is a dance club, where the crowd tends toward trendy and electronic beats are loud enough to be heard throughout the venue. With its distinct atmospheres, activities and bars, La Marina has a playground-like quality to it. In addition, servers are sweet and efficient. Dinner isn't five-star, but it's tasty, with standouts like yucca fries and tres leches dessert on the must-order list.