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The vista from the rotating 48th-floor bar-restaurant atop the Marriott Marquis in Times Square must have really inspired executives of the hotel chain. How else could they have come up with a creative name like the View? (Another stirring example is the downstairs lounge the Atrium, located in the . . . atrium). But they were emphasizing the place’s chief draw. Because if it weren’t for the breathtaking Manhattan backdrop, the men in cravats, Japanese tourists, and giddy newlyweds might as well be sipping Scotch in Denver, Dallas, or Duluth. The sophisticated, pricey menu provides the types of beverages we envision for a high-rise evening. The smoothness of a Southern Comfort Manhattan ($10.25) complements the 20 or so scrumptious choices on the dessert buffet, while the must-try Key Lime martini ($11.75)—Absolut Vanilla, lime juice, simple syrup, and pineapple juice with a surprising dollop of whipped cream on top—tastes like pureed-pie paradise. The cavernous doughnut-shaped surroundings would please anyone’s parents: Overhead lighting, hotel-issue furnishings, and resuscitated Gloria Estefan and Starship hits create the perfect anodyne atmosphere for peering out at the constantly changing tableau. And if your out-of-town relatives are visiting, the View is perfect over-the-top New York—mixed with just enough Anywhere, U.S.A., to make them feel welcome.


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