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Eats With a View

Everyone loves a good food Instagram, especially when its captured with an equally impressive view. Rooftop dining seems to correspond with this trend as many scramble to get the best picture of their meal. I decided to gather as much information I could to pick the top 5 rooftop dining options in New York City. I took into account the view, the menu and comments from visitors. These aren’t the only options in Manhattan, however they are my personal favorites. I intend to visit as many of these locations as I can before the Summer is over.

  1. Mr. Purple- Lower East Side
Mr. Purple
Mr. Purple | 180 Orchard Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10002


This Zagat Rated bar features a delicious menu, lavish cocktails, and two different terraces to enjoy the stunning views. One of which, features a pool.  Enjoy the all day eats like three different flatbreads, or indulge in their brunch selection in the morning.


2. Catch NYC- Meat Packing

Catch NYC | 21 Ninth Avenue New York, NY 10014

This widely known seafood restaurant features a rooftop dining experience, until 10 PM when it transitions into a lounge. Before then, try the famous “Catch Roll” or the Mushroom spaghetti. Their brunch menu offers even more with cinnamon roll pancakes or classic French toast.


3. Refinery Rooftop- Garment District

Refinery Rooftop | 63 W 38TH Street, New York, NY 10018

Opened year round, this glass enclosed dining experience offers stunning views of the Empire State Building. Enjoy the vast menu, including a large selection of shareables under the twinkling lights. They also have brunch and lunch menus with the same featured dishes available.


4. Kimoto -Brooklyn

Kimoto | 216 Duffield Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Kimoto is an Asian rooftop garden lounge located above the Aloft and Sheraton hotels.  From small bites like the spicy tuna pizza, to a variety of special rolls Kimoto offers both Asian and American specialties.



5. Sabbia- Flat Iron

Sabbia |200 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10010

The Italian word for “sand” is a fitting name for the seaside themed seasonal pop-up restaurant.  Diners can enjoy a taste of Italy’s best under striped-cabanas and oversized umbrellas.  Featured in their menu is a selection dedicated to five different cheeses. They even have a giant boat serving their Massachusetts fresh oysters.

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Dior Exhibition- Paris


The works of couturier Christian Dior have stimulated the fashion industry for decades. In celebration of the House of Dior’s 70th anniversary,  Musée des Art Décoratifs (Museum of Decorative Art) is displaying the designer in their largest exhibition ever. Over 300 haute couture gowns will be featured, spanning two main spaces of the museum’s first floor.  The exhibit named “Cristian Dior: Couture Du Rêve” (Dream Couturier) creatively shows the iconic designs through the many years of fame.

Dior started out his career when he opened his own art gallery in Paris. After the Great Depression, Dior sold his illustrations eventually landing him a job in the fashion industry. The House of Dior was founded in 1947 at a time when women’s fashion was filled with overly-masculine silhouettes. Christian Dior is best known for the “Corolle” and “Fin 8” collections, which are more widely known as the “New Look” due to the revolutionary designs. This collection and more from the other seven creative directors of the brand will be shown alongside corresponding pieces of art.

Each space has different themes to showcase the gowns, handbags, and various accessories created throughout the years. Also being displayed are photographs of designs, sketches, advertisements and documents from different periods of Dior history. The entrance to the space gives a glimpse into the life a Christian Dior and the House itself. Literally, there is a replica of the House’s façade greeting guests before changing rooms. The focal point of the first room is the infamous Bar jacket. The jacket’s tight waist paired with a contrasting knee length skirt complete the suited look that changed the way women dressed.  Many of these featured pieces originated in the Dior archives and are making their premiere debut in the world.

Each space coincides with the works of the various creative directors and their respected eras. Curator, Florence Müller, says the collaboration gives viewers the, “roots of creation” for the designs

Some themes showcase inspiration from the Renaissance, Surrealism, and the gardens of Dior’s native Normandy. There is even a room where each piece is categorized by color, creating a chromatic display.

The end of the exhibit is dedicated to the company’s famous looks worn by Princess Grace of Monaco, Princess Diana, Jennifer Lawrence and more. These gowns fill the expansive ballroom that was inspired by the Hall of Mirrors at Chateau de Versaille.

The museum is open through January 2018.