Robert is another one of those New York restaurants you go to exclusively for the view. Located on 9th floor of the Museum of Arts and Design building, Robert boasts sweeping views of Columbus Circle and Central Park, looking north.

The restaurant mirrors the MAD style with its spacious room and artsy, colorful decor. The design has a certain sexiness to it, with velvet plush sofas, great lighting, and floor to ceiling windows with great panoramic city views. The place kind of reminds me of the Kong in Paris (minus ze Paris je-ne-sais-quoi)…

Best seats are at their corner window table

The restaurant offers a contemporary American fare with Mediterranean influences for lunch, brunch, dinner and sunset snacks. The food is average at best : portions are small and sorely overpriced. But again, you don’t come to Robert for the food. It’s all about the setting. To be safe order their fish and pasta dishes.

Coming to Robert is worth it if you’ve made a reservation in advance specifically requesting a window table.

Best table view -

Best table view –

The best time to come is for a daytime meal or for sunset drinks and snacks. Come on a day where they have their live jazz playing to make the most of the experience and surroundings.

Columbus Circle view

Columbus Circle view –

Robert is a place for visitors in town or corporate lunches, and a good option for drinks with a view before a performance at Lincoln Center or Broadway. It can also be a special occasion kind of place, although neighboring Asiate would be even better for that. Available for private dining and special events as well.

Open daily:
Mon-Fri lunch: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Weekend brunch: 10:30am02:30pm
Drinks and small plates: 2:30pm-5pm
Dinner daily starting 5pm