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 DUMBO 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 New York 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).