Robert–Best View–Food Good Not Great

Atop the Museum of Arts and Design at Columbus Circle is a chic, not too expensive, restaurant that sports one of the best views in Manhattan. With a little luck and a lot of planning, you can capture one of the floor to ceiling window tables that allows you to see all the way up Broadway and Central Park West. But you really can see a lot from any vview(

At night, it looks like this.Robert at night(

Prices are not cheap but you are paying for the view. For lunch, you can, however, have a Caesar salad for $15 (add more for chicken or shrimp), a petite truffled grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup for $17 grilled cheese( a salmon burger for $19, or a veggie wrap with goat cheese for $17. veggie wrap( Dinner prices are higher with pastas in the $20s and other mains in the $30s, but they do win raves for their Hudson Valley duck breast(

The problem is, the food doesn’t quite live up to the view. Zagat rates Robert 22 for food–not one of the top rankings–but good, but 27 for decor, which is near the top. That pretty much sums it up.

Snag a window table, go here for lunch midweek and don’t spend too much.  It’s worth the trip. By the way, don’t miss the exquisite Museum of Arts and Design below and its terrific shop containing moderately priced very imaginative items.

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