Many New Yorkers have yearned for a sky-high restaurant since we lost Windows on the World on 9/11.
The Peak, a 10,000-square-foot eatery, cocktail bar and event space, will open March 12 on the 101st floor of 30 Hudson Yards, the sprawling complex’s tallest skyscraper. Although Windows was much larger, Peak’s views are better — thanks to its mid-Manhattan location and wider windows than early 1970s engineering allowed.
Peak is one floor higher than Edge, the western hemisphere’s highest outdoor observation deck, also set to open in March. Even on a cloudy day, I could see everything from the Palisades to the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge and the ocean beyond from the restaurant’s windows.
These renderings show David Rockwell’s sleek designs. Peak boasts a U-shaped marble bar, dark oak floors, marble and wood tabletops, and plushly upholstered banquettes and chairs. A mirror-polished metal ceiling will reflect the skyline.
Peak is unlike any of the city’s other top-floor restaurants. Unlike the Rainbow Room, which caters chiefly to private events, Peak will be truly open to the public. Executive chef Christopher Cryer’s modern-American menu is a la carte, unlike the $94 prix fixe at Manhatta (which is also 40 floors lower).