One big attraction in this renovated museum building is Robert, the ninth floor restaurant, because of its breathtaking vista over Columbus Circle, the southwest corner of Central Park and one of Trump’s towers, formerly the black glass Gulf and Western building.
Once inside the elevator to the ninth floor — like a camera shutter — the door opens to present you with that view which is almost overwhelming. The room is wide from left to right and shallow from front to back bringing the windowed precipice that much closer. Tables for two follow the window’s curve and luckily, I suppose, when I’ve been there, one has been available. By contrast the room appears dark, but colorful in shades of pink, orange and wine reds.
Other restaurants owned by the same company amount almost to a chain: five in New York including two in Bryant Park, five in Las Vegas, three in Atlantic City and lots more.
So, for me it’s the marvelous view amidst common, middle-ground fare; it is a great place to take an out-of-towner, perhaps one who reads ‘Spotted by Locals’. Try me. I mean there is no insider’s way to see a view like this one, except on the other side of the park and for it, prices are similar. I’ll tell you about it here.
Meanwhile, downstairs lives the museum devoted to craftsmanship and the ways workers transform the world using many forms of technology ranging from traditional to current. “The future of Craft” is its watch-phrase.