by Joanna Citrinbaum, 06/24/2011
The River Café. Photo: Noah Kalina
A Groom (and Bride) with a View
To some couples, the most important feature of a New York City wedding venue is its perspective of the skyline. If that's a top priority for you, set your sights on The River Café. The Brooklyn Heights restaurant, right on the waterfront at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, is famous for its food; its postcard-perfect vista of Lower Manhattan, the East River and, of course, the bridge; and, consequently, the number of times "Will you marry me?" has been said within its walls. Weddings take place in the Terrace Room; the ceremony and cocktails are best enjoyed in the outdoor area of the space, and the reception follows indoors. Other places with pretty panoramas include the Upper West Side's Mandarin Oriental hotel (the numerous windows in its Mandarin Ballroom showcase a skyline with Central Park in the foreground) and Midtown West's Ink48 hotel (Press Lounge, on the 16th floor, boasts dramatic views of the cityscape as well as the Hudson River).