In a city brimming with spectacular views, it can be hard to impress New Yorkers. But we have to admit, the new riverfront Inwood restaurant La Marina is quite the treat.
With sliding glass walls (making the space completely open-air) and the George Washington Bridge in plain sight, it’s one of the more picturesque dinner spots we’ve visited in some time. The casual menu of American surf and turf keeps the atmosphere relaxed, letting the scenery be the real star.
Mango mojitos ($10 each) and an oversized crab cake ($14) set a fresh tone for our evening, and although the chef offers a dry-aged sirloin steak ($28) and classic burger ($16), we stuck with seafood for our entrée as well. The fish stew ($26) had both a generous amount of mussels, shrimp, clams, sea scallops and striped bass and just the right amount of saltiness to complement.
Only a quick trip on the A train, the secluded property (which also includes a beach-like lounge and special-events patio) is an ideal end-of-summer retreat from the rest of the city downtown.
Sunset dinners elsewhere? The bar has officially been raised.
348 Dyckman St. (on the Hudson River); 212-567-6300 or lamarinanyc.com