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Special Report:
The Ultimate List of Hotel Rooftop and Skyscraper Restaurants - Part I - The Americas
 
 
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The first dining guide for the private jet traveler...


While all of the restaurants on this list are worth a visit in their own right, in putting it together I had some very specific ideas. The basic premise was to be helpful to those of you who enjoy nice dining with great views when you travel, but aren’t traveling to dine with some “must have” restaurant in mind, although there are plenty on the list. 
 
My list is designed for those of you who are often in one place for only a couple of days and trying to maximize your time. So, the first requirement was that each venue was located in a hotel. While it did not need to be a 5-star hotel as that varies from city to city, it needed to be at least 4-stars, a quality boutique or lifestyle property with worthwhile suites for you to bed down in. Some cities have a bounty of options. Others were a struggle, and in some places, I couldn’t find any. 
 
The reason I wanted to focus on hotel venues is when traveling on a hectic schedule - for business or pleasure - sometimes it’s just invaluable to be able to dine in the place you are staying. Instead of leaving a half hour or more in advance to get somewhere in traffic, hopping in an elevator and heading to the roof can be a big stress reducer, sort of like flying privately. 
 
I wanted a rooftop, top or high-floor restaurants underscoring the word restaurant. There is no shortage of bars and lounges, but I wanted places with real dining tables and full menus, a place you can either have a personal evening or would work for business meals with partners, clients or colleagues. No dining on couches while holding small plates with people splashing you with their drinks as they squeeze by! 
 
Lastly, I also wanted either fine or fun dining with the focus on quality, and I wanted places with great views - skylines, sunsets, oceans, rivers, pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, something memorable to go along with the food, that combined with your company or closing the deal will make the night even more memorable. 
 
To make it all manageable for you, the list is divided into three installments, starting this week with The Americas, then off to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East and finally Asia/Pacific. Each region is listed alphabetically by city, so it’s not a ranking, just a list of restaurants I hope you end up enjoying as you travel. 

As you will see, I had some help in putting the list together, so feel free to drop me a line if you think I missed something worth adding next time around. Cheers and bon appetit!

I hope all of your travels are amazing!

All the best,

Doug Gollan

Founder/Editor
dougollan@dgamazingexperiences.com



 
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Table of Contents 

A.     Private Aviation Headlines
B.     Before You Buy Reports - Jets, Yachts, Villas
Best Hotel Rooftop and Skyscrapers Restaurants - The Americas (not a ranking - alphabetical by city)
1.     Atlanta, Nikolai’s Roof, The Atlanta Hilton
2.     Austin, Geraldine’s, Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt
3.     Boston, Top of the Hub, Mandarin Oriental (same building)
4.     Buenos Aires, Kayla Restaurant, Alvear Icon Hotel & Residences
5.     Chicago, Nomi Garden, Park Hyatt
6.     Chicago, LH on 21, London House Hotel
7.     Chicago, Cindy’s Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
8.     Chicago, Terrace 16, Trump International
9.     Dallas, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, Hyatt Regency 
10.   Dallas, Ser Steak + Spirits, Hilton Anatole
11.   Denver, Fire, The Art A Hotel
12.   Detroit, Iridescence, Motor City Casino & Hotel
13.   Houston, Spindletop, Hyatt Regency
14.   Indianapolis, The Eagle’s Nest, Hyatt Regency
15.   Las Vegas, Twist, Waldorf Astoria
16.   Las Vegas, Top of the World, Stratosphere
17.   Las Vegas, Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Paris
18.   Las Vegas, Rivera, The Delano
19.   Los Angeles, The Roof Garden, The Peninsula Beverly Hills
20.   Los Angeles, JG Rooftop, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
21.   Los Angeles, La Boucherie, InterContinental Downtown
22.   Los Angeles, Sora, InterContinental Downtown
23.   Los Angeles, Boxwood Restaurant, The London West Hollywood
24.   Los Angeles, The Highlight Room Grill, Dream Hollywood
25.   Los Angeles, LA Prime, Westin Bonaventure
26.   Miami, Area 31, Kimpton EPIC Hotel
27.   Miami, Watr, 1 Hotel South Beach
28.   Nashville, Bourbon Steak, JW Marriott                  
29.   New York, Asiate, Mandarin Oriental
30.   New York, The Aviary NYC, Mandarin Oriental
31.   Orlando, Capa, Four Seasons at Walt Disney World
32.   Philadelphia, Jean-Georges, Four Seasons at the Comcast Center
33.   Philadelphia, Nineteen (XIX), The Bellevue Hotel
34.   Phoenix, Orange Sky, Talking Stick Resort
35.   Phoenix, Compass Arizona Grill, Hyatt Regency
36.   Rio de Janeiro, Galini, Sofitel Ipanema
37.   Saint Louis, Cinder House, Four Seasons
38.   San Diego, Top of the Hyatt, Manchester Grand Hyatt
39.   San Diego, STK, Andaz
40.   San Francisco, Top of the Mark, InterContinental Mark Hopkins
41.   Sao Paulo, Skye Restaurant, Unique Hotel
42.   Sao Paulo, Seen, Tivoli Mafarrej Hotel
43.   Tampa, Armani’s, Grand Hyatt
44.    Executive Security Reports
45.    Jet Card Insider Reports
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6.   PrivateFly expands fixed-rate, route-based pricing in Europe
7.   Sentient Jet renews Kentucky Derby partnership
8.   Air Partner expands “Memories over Miles” program
9.   Liberum Capital continues to buy rating for Air Partner
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3.  Buyer’s Tip #3  Do I need guaranteed availability?
4.  Buyer’s Tip #4  Make sure your program’s Primary Service Area matches your flight
5.  Buyer’s Tip #5  What you need to know about Peak Days
6.  Buyer’s Tip #6  Roundtrip and one-way pricing




B.  Before You Buy Reports

1.  Before you charter a superyacht
2.  Before you rent a villa
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4.  Before you buy a jet card


 
The Ultimate List of Hotel Rooftop and Skyscraper Restaurants - The Americas
 
Sometimes you want to enjoy the city you are in, you want a good meal and a great view, but you don’t want or don’t have the time to get out of your hotel and go halfway across town. In this first of three parts we profile city rooftop restaurants with haute and fun cuisine housed in hotels, so your bed is a mere elevator ride away. This issue features our list covering The Americas, with Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, then Asia/Pacific to follow.

1. Atlanta, Nikolai’s Roof, The Hilton Atlanta


Russia in the Deep South. You get amazing views of Atlanta and food to match. According to Gayot, when Nikolai’s Roof opened in 1976 its focus was Russian cuisine. Today, the AAA Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant on the top floor of Hilton Atlanta offers 30th floor  “stunning city views" contemporary fare may be enjoyed à la carte or in three-, four- or six-course options, although you will find its original influence with piroshkis, pastry purses stuffed with braised short rib and parsnips, accompanied by béarnaise sauce.
       
2. Austin, Geraldine’s, Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt


Recommended by Austin-based Keith Waldon, MD of Departure Lounge, a luxury travel agency based in the city, Zagat says of Geraldine's, "Globally influenced shareable plates and a well-curated cocktail menu are the focus of this contemporary Rainey Street destination occupying the fourth floor of the Hotel Van Zandt. The roomy restaurant, bar and lounge are bathed in earth tones, and feature free live music most nights."

3. Boston, Top Of The Hub, Mandarin Oriental (same building)


Top Of The Hub is atop the Prudential Center, so not technically a hotel but within the same complex as the Mandarin Oriental (and also a Westin and Sheraton), so just a quick elevator ride, and the only entry for Boston. Gayot says, “Perched on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Center, Top of the Hub features floor-to-ceiling, two-story windows with 360-degree views of the city, from Cambridge to Southie...At dinner, guests can order à la carte or select the three-course prix-fixe menu or a five-course tasting menu. Wine pairings are also available. Starters range from yellowfin tuna tartare with taro chips and duck confit pappardelle to a jumbo lump crab meat cake and pan-seared foie gras. When making a reservation, be sure to request a window table.” Mains feature a variety of seafood, steaks, poultry, pasta, and vegetarian options. There are also private rooms that share the main dining room's great views.

4. Buenos Aires, Kayla Restaurant, Alvear Icon


Located on the 32nd floor of the Alvear Icon, this modern restaurant integrates the silhouette of the city and the river through its large windows. The menu includes entrees such as pickled mullet fish, smoked duck, black pudding croute, among others. A special mention deserves the homemade bread, with organic flours made with sourdough. The main dishes include Argentine meats, pastas, and fish.

5. Chicago, Nomi Garden, Park Hyatt (Seasonal)


An urban sanctuary seven floors above downtown Chicago, NoMi Garden is a summertime haven for light seasonal cuisine, crafted cocktails and intriguing wines. Herb gardens and blooming flowers surround the rooftop, which serves lunch and dinner seven days a week and offers city and sunset views. Thanks to Patrick Gallagher, president of NetJets for finding this one. It was recently voted to the best rooftop brunches by Thrillist.

6. Chicago, LH on 21, London House Hotel


"They have literally stacked the (roof) deck at this tri-level bar and restaurant in the London House Chicago hotel. Three swanky indoor and outdoor spaces (LH on 21, LH on 22 and the private LH Cupola) offer up craft cocktails and New American fare in ultrachic surroundings with views of the lake, river, Loop and River North," says Zagat. Mains include roast duck with hay baked squash, cranberry and baby beats, short rib, chicken roulade and striped bass with roasted figs, mascarpone, and fennel.  

7. Chicago, Cindy’s, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel


This was a close call but comes to us by way of a friend in Chicago who admits the city lacks many fine dining options that meet our criteria. The table seating may remind you of a picnic with wood benches. Make sure you get a reservation as there is healthy bar activity and you will end up waiting at ground floor elevators. Gayot writes, "This rooftop bar and restaurant at the trendy Chicago Athletic Association Hotel offers killer panoramic views of Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park and Lake Michigan beyond via a small terrace open during warmer months or glassed-in windows from the main dining and congregating area...The menu focuses on Midwestern-inspired dishes that change with the seasons and local food availability. A private seating area off to the side can be reserved for intimate gatherings."

8. Chicago, Terrace 16, Trump International


Terrace 16 is the replacement for AAA Four Star, Two Michelin stars Sixteen having opened last summer the reincarnation has a more casual flair, but still provides quintessential views of the Windy City. Chicago Business writes, "The executive chef is Nick Dostal, who had worked under Thomas Lents during Sixteen's heyday and at Grace before that, a hopeful sign of what might be to come...With its glittering chandeliers and spare-no-expense decor, the 65-seat dining room aims for opulence."

9. Dallas, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, Hyatt Regency


Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck atop Reunion Tower, the iconic 560-foot landmark with its distinctive glowing ball will let you see as far as Fort Worth on a clear day, but D Magazine reports, "The festive vibe and spectacular views, however, are not the only draw to Five Sixty. The food quality stands above many other upscale spots in town.” There is a stationary, ultra-contemporary illuminated glass bar located at the center of the restaurant while diners rotate. Wine aficionados will appreciate an extensive list of more than 400 labels, as well as nearly one dozen brands of sake plus by-the-glass selections.

10. Dallas, Ser Steak + Spirits, Hilton Anatole


“The restaurant exudes a fantastic presence of fine dining with great views of the city,” says D Magazine of Ser Steaks + Spirits. Gayot says, “Once the food arrives you may find yourself forgetting all about the sparkling skyline beyond the windows.” In terms of topping your steak, think smoked bleu cheese, pimento cheese, white bbq sauce, bourbon sorghum onions, green chorizo gravy, or foie gras.

11. Denver, Fire, The Art A Hotel


Thanks to Preferred Hotels & Resorts CEO Lindsey Ueberroth for starting our Fire with this one. Zagat writes, "On the fourth floor of the glitzy ART Hotel, this high-design restaurant and bar, flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows that peer over the cityscape, turns out New American cuisine with Colorado influences alongside smartly curated cocktails, an eclectic beer program and an extensive roster of bottled wines on full display in a glass-encased cellar."

12. Detroit, Iridescence, Motor City Hotel & Casino


One of only four AAA Four Diamond winners in the state of Michigan and the only one in Detroit, its 16th-floor location provides top views. Metro Detroit notes, "Iridescence's shimmering interior, with its hip-to-ceiling windows affording views of the city below.” It adds, "But the restaurant doesn't just look rich, the kitchen's modern American cuisine lives up to the dramatic design, featuring 4-diamond fare and a Wine Spectator Award-winning list. Such dishes as Black Angus beef, Thai-style cioppino, and South African lobster tail, and togarashi-dusted Alaskan grilled halibut cement Iridescence's reputation for decadence." 

13. Houston, Spindletop, Hyatt Regency


Gayot says, "High atop the downtown Hyatt Regency is the city's only revolving restaurant. Spindletop, named for the oil well that started the state's oil boom in 1901, is only open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, but the spectacular view of downtown makes it a special occasion place, especially for visitors. Executive hotel chef Frank Majowicz turns out a regional, seasonal menu using locally sourced produce. A classic appetizer is the avocado dome with jumbo lump crabmeat and jicama slaw. The restaurant also offers a signature paella using spicy chorizo sausage mixed in with the seafood. Mesquite smoked chicken, seared salmon, and grilled beef filet may round out the entrées. Pastry chef Regina Martinez whips up sweets such as apple jalapeño tarts served with dulce de leche ice cream, and the signature chilled Grand Marnier chocolate soufflé. The wine list puts a focus on California wines."

14. Indianapolis, The Eagle’s Nest, Hyatt Regency


Indy Magazine says, “Glide slowly around the downtown skyline while treating yourself to an outstanding dining experience. Consistently voted one of the top 50 "Most Romantic Restaurants" in the U.S. by OpenTable, The Eagle's Nest is sure to impress your date, friends or family. Our menu, which changes on a seasonal basis, includes classic American continental cuisine with a flair of elegance and creativity. Join us at sunset for dinner or relax in our lounge with a cocktail or dessert. The romantic atmosphere, superior service, great food, and unforgettable view will make it a night to remember!"

15. Las Vegas, Twist, Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas


Mentioned by multiple panelists, located on the 23rd floor of the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, Forbes Travel Guide says, “The views from Twist by Pierre Gagnaire’s 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows are as noteworthy as the chef, one of France’s most esteemed culinary masters.” Known for its six-course tasting menu the guide adds, "Pierre’s Surf ’N’ Turf is the ultimate indulgence—this isn’t just a lobster tail and a steak. Gagnaire takes the classic idea and turns it on its head, offering Nebraska prime beef carpaccio, Florida clam salad and shaved foie gras; along with chestnut soup, razor clams, sautéed mushrooms and caramelized hazelnuts; and a fanny bay oyster, scented with coconut milk and seasoned ginger and Sapporo foam.

16. Las Vegas, Top of the World, Stratosphere


Located more than 800 feet above the Las Vegas Strip in the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner Top of the World Restaurant offers breathtaking views of Las Vegas as the restaurant revolves 360 degrees every 80 minutes. Gayot calls it one of the most romantic restaurants in the U.S. American prime and wagyu steaks, seafood towers, Colorado lamb and other American fare round out the menu.


17. Las Vegas, Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Paris Hotel


Zagat says, “The 11th floor of the Paris Las Vegas' Eiffel Tower replica, where magnificent views of the Strip and Bellagio fountains complement delightful French fare and fantastic service; true, you might have to take out a second mortgage to pay the check, but it's sure to be a memorable experience."

18. Las Vegas, Riviera The Delano


After Saint-Tropez and London, Riviera comes to the Las Vegas restaurant market offering Alain Ducasse's take on French and Italian cuisine. Menu items inspired by the food markets of Provence and Italy create the carefree and vibrant nature of the Riviera, with a focus on simple, fresh plates by Executive Chef Bruno Riou and the best seasonal ingredients from the West Coast. Riviera already snagged AAA Four Diamond ratings, Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, and best restaurants with a view from Las Vegas Magazine.

19. Los Angeles, The Roof Garden, The Peninsula


While mostly known as a power breakfast spot, Renshaw Travel president David Lowy says, "The Roof Garden is perfect for dinner where you can book a table in a cabana for the ultimate in views and private dining." The Roof Garden serves Californian cuisine throughout the day, with many dishes marked with the 'Naturally Peninsula' designation – low in fat and cholesterol. On weekends in the summer, chefs barbecue fresh fish, chicken, steaks and the special Angus Beef Burger, served with Maui sweet onion and Hook's two years aged white cheddar. There’s a full dinner menu, including dishes like Seared Ahi Tuna Loin, Wild Striped Bass, Whole Grilled Branzino, Chilled Lobster Tostada, Roasted Mary’s Chicken Breast, and Hanger Steak Chimichurri.

20. Los Angeles, JG Rooftop, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills


“Great views, stunning food,” says Vista Global chairman Thomas Flohr, who noted that Los Angeles is a top destination for both VistaJet and recently acquired XOJET. The lobster burger is so good, you might order a second. While the menu is more limited than Vongerichten’s main dining room downstairs, we are told if there is something you want, there is a good chance you bring it up to the rooftop venue.

21. Los Angeles, La Boucherie, InterContinental Downtown


Eater says, “The upscale French steakhouse will be a moody spot for steaks, seafood, and evening rendezvous. A wine room will offer 1,200 bottles, and there will be lots of hidden nooks and private dining spaces for VIP types.” Booths lookout via floor-to-ceiling that offer panoramic views of the Los Angeles skyline from the 71st floor. Boucherie’s menu features reimagined French classics; premium steaks and seafood, all created with the finest ingredients from around the world. The dining experience is enhanced by a cheese atelier, charcuterie cave and an extensive, carefully curated wine list featuring up to 1,200 hand-selected international and American wines."

22. Los Angeles, Sora, InterContinental Downtown


Named by Gayot and Los Angeles magazine to their lists of best Japanese restaurants in Los Angeles, Sora is located on the 69th floor of the InterContinental Downtown hotel with private booths set up against the floor to ceiling glass windows. You can also sit at the sushi bar encircled by a conveyor belt where you pick your own treats as they pass by.

23. Los Angeles, Boxwood Restaurant, The London West Hollywood

  
Hell’s Kitchen (Gordon Ramsey) is gone, but Gayot says, it’s still worth the trip: "The hillside dining room boasts views of the city from the large windows dressed with gold blinds. Marble or wood tabletops are surrounded by chairs and round banquettes. Through the transitions with the restaurant, chef Anthony Keene has proved to be a solid presence in the kitchen. He presents seasonally inspired menus that might include starters such as peas & carrots with morel mushrooms or Hudson Valley foie gras with pear and gingerbread pudding. Global influences appear in dishes like Sonoma lamb loin and breast with yogurt, za'atar, crab apple mostarda, and jalapeño sauce. The chocolate and caramel tart with pistachio and sea salt ice cream provides a sweet and savory finale."

24. Los Angeles, The Highlight Room Grill, Dream Hollywood


From TAO Group, The Highlight Room Grill is set to the backdrop of the Hollywood Hills. Enjoy a meal of fresh California fare paired with extensive wine and cocktail offerings. More restaurant for breakfast and lunch, during dinner it starts to get that packed, hotspot vibe, it’s a Forbes pick for best new hotel rooftop restaurants. Think açaí bowls, lobster BLT, crab cakes and pasta.

25. Los Angeles, LA Prime, Westin Bonaventure


Located on the 35h floor of The Westin Bonaventure Gayot writes, "L.A. Prime takes pride in providing a grand dining experience, with a unique setting, quiet, elegant atmosphere and fine cuisine. We’ve found the rack of lamb to be without fault...you’ll also find typical sides like potato gratin or jumbo asparagus. Finish with chocolate mousse or crème brûlée. If the view doesn't induce vertigo, the 32-page wine list might. It offers bottles from all over the world at a variety of prices, with an emphasis on France and California, as well as many verticals."

26. Miami, Area 31, Kimpton EPIC Hotel


Elysee Miami says, "This breathtaking16th-floor restaurant claims to take Miami social life to soar new heights. Sustainability-certified, the menu is seafood-centered, and the cocktails change with the seasons. Some of the ceviche dishes are almost too pretty to eat. In fact, the restaurant is named after the Fishing Area 31 region of the Western Central Atlantic. Reviewers love Area 31’s food and service, but almost across the board, they reserve their highest praise for the views that most describe as spectacular.

27. Miami, Watr, 1 Hotel South Beach


Ocean Drive says of the 18th-floor lounge and restaurant Polynesian cuisine and Japanese fare inspire the menu, which revolves around fresh seafood and tilts toward lighter dishes. The cocktail menu is notable for its creativity and sense of humor (drinks include Be My Hula Boy and Tickle Me Please). The magazine recommends assorted dim sum washed down with a Whisky a Go Go – house-blended Angel’s Envy bourbon, Montenegro, lemon and honey-coconut shrub.

28. Nashville, Bourbon Steak, JW Marriott


With 360-degree views of the Nashville skyline, Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, located on the 34th floor of JW Marriott Nashville, offers guests an innovative American steakhouse and timeless dining experience with a twist. Featuring interiors by renowned hospitality designer Tihany Design, Nashville's first Michael Mina restaurant is a showcase for the finest American beef and seasonal shellfish, paired with a breathtaking wine list of more than 500 selections and classic American cocktails. Thanks to the Jet Linx Aviation team for letting us know.

29. New York, Asiate, Mandarin Oriental


Travel + Leisure says, “The 16-foot-high windows in this Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s restaurant, Asiate, offer views of Midtown Manhattan’s sleek vertical marvels and the leafy urban oasis of Central Park. From the elegant 35th-floor dining room, the buzz of the city recedes, leaving a glittering metropolis.” Chef Toni Robertson “mixes Asian flavors and classical French training to the menu,” according to the travel magazine. Entrees include Atlantic halibut with shishito pepper and citrus sabayon, as well as Long Island duck with summer berries and hibiscus.

30. New York, The Aviary NYC, Mandarin Oriental


Grant Achatz may be America’s answer to Heston Blumenthal, and he comes to New York from his Chicago base at the Mandarin Oriental with its stunning views of Central Park. Perhaps a bit more on the lounge side, The Aviary is his alcoholic answer to the molecular gastronomy he performs on his food, so get ready to be entertained. The New York Times recommends black truffle explosion; octopus croquette; tempura Hawaiian shrimp; giant crispy pork skin. It notes, "Steamed mussels in cream with leeks and bacon are $35. If any pot of mussels is worth that much money, this is it. Vegetable crudités may sound like nothing. They’re very much something, a miniature forest of fruits and vegetables treated this way and that, then set on chipped ice with a dip — a harmonious, understated vadouvan-squash cream the last time I went.” Beverage director Micah Melton scours auctions and private sales for old bottles of spirits. Some of the older ones go for $500 an ounce straight up. Others are mixed into what the menu calls dusty bottle cocktails, for example, a $475 old-fashioned stirred from bourbon bottled in 1969. 

31. Orlando, Capa, Four Seasons at Walt Disney World


See the fireworks at Walt Disney World nightly. With two outdoor terraces and an elegant dining room, the 17th-floor steakhouse serves fresh Florida seafood, Spanish-influenced tapas and expertly grilled cuts from its wood-burning grill in a romantic setting. Casa was named among the Best 100 Wine Restaurants in the US by Wine Enthusiast magazine.

32. Philadelphia, Jean-Georges, Four Seasons at the Comcast Center


Elevating Philadelphia’s culinary scene, Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten presents a new 59th-floor destination at the Four Seasons Hotel and Comcast Center. From power breakfasts to sophisticated dining and private rooms, it is destined to be the hot, power table in the City of Brotherly Love when it opens in mid-2019.

33. Philadelphia, Nineteen, The Bellevue Hotel

On the 19th floor of The Bellevue Hotel, enjoy the sunset or city lights al fresco from Nineteen’s balcony. Its modern American menu ranges from Roasted Rohan Duck Brest to Golden River Bay Salmon and Carolina Mountain Trout Filet. Don’t forget the Beef Fat Fries or Maple Syrup Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Farm Bacon. An extensive Raw Bar is perfect for starters or an entire feast.
34. Phoenix, Orange Sky, Talking Stick Resort


Rated AAA 4-Diamond and USA Today 10 Best, Orange Sky is the signature fine dining restaurant at Talking Stick Resort with one of the best sunset views in Arizona and an award-winning wine list. Located at the top of the hotel on the 15th floor, Orange Sky offers floor-to-ceiling windows with 360-degree views of the Valley's signature orange sunsets. Private dining and event spaces are perfect for receptions, dinners, conferences, board meetings, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, intimate dinner parties, and corporate dinners. Directional Aviation chairman Kenn Ricci (Flexjet, Sentient, PrivateFly, Nextant Aerospace) tipped us off to this one.

35. Phoenix, Compass Arizona Grill, Hyatt Regency


Given to us by the Jet Linx Aviation team in Scottsdale, Gayot writes, "Arizona's only revolving restaurant, Compass has a circular dining room on the Hyatt's 24th floor offering one of the city's best views. The menu is now more Mediterranean/Spanish, not Southwestern, but there are nods to border cuisine with blue masa calamari, chile lime crab cake, and seared scallops with Sonoran winter wheat and Arizona goat cheese.”

36. Rio de Janeiro, Galani, Sofitel Ipanema


Rooftop Guide says, "From this great roof terrace at Galani Restaurant, called 23 Ocean Lounge, you get an awesome view of the sea, Ipanema and Rio's environment...You can order Brazilian cuisine with an international touch. A popular rooftop restaurant by both locals and tourists book your table in advance or be here in good time to get a seat."

37. Saint Louis, Cinder House, Four Seasons


Chef Gerard Craft is the executive chef and owner of Cinder House, located on the 8th floor of the Four Seasons St. Louis. He's Food & Wine Best New Chef, Food & Wine Innovator of the Year, and 2015 James Beard Foundation Award-winning Best Chef: Midwest Craft has been a pioneer for the Midwest dining scene. SmartFlyer CEO Michael Holtz says, "Chef Craft has made that space the hottest restaurant in downtown town. He has lived all over the world and brought his unique flavors to the rooftop deck facing the Gateway Arch that defines St Louis."
 
38. San Diego, Top of the Hyatt, Manchester Grand Hyatt


San Diego Magazine writes, "As locals, we're required by the city charter to visit this 40th-floor bar and restaurant at least once a year, usually on someone's birthday or major life event. Top of the Hyatt underwent a multimillion-dollar revamp in 2015, adding sofas and swivel chairs next to the floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook San Diego Bay. It is, without a doubt, the best view of the water (and Mexico off in the horizon) in the city.” On Sundays, there’s a champagne brunch featuring king crab legs, oysters, egg benedict, seared sea bass and more.

39. San Diego, STK, Andaz


USA Today says, "Rooftop STK is Andaz San Diego's newly refreshed and rebranded poolside lounge that offers incredibly picturesque views of the Downtown San Diego skyline. It is a sexy, swanky and scenic spot to enjoy handcrafted cocktails, and delicious dishes from a menu specially created by Executive Chef J.C. Colón. By day, The Rooftop by STK will sweep you away with stunning views and creative regional cuisine for breakfast and lunch. By night, The Rooftop by STK is San Diego's ultimate rooftop destination and nightlife experience high above the city, with live DJs spinning underneath the star-lit San Diego sky at the see-and-be-seen nightclub and lounge.” USA 

40. San Francisco, Top Of The Mark, InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel (Sunday Brunch)


Eater writes, "High atop the Intercontinental is the Top of the Mark, offering 360 views of the city, bays, and bridges. While it serves a bar menu during the week, as a restaurant it shines for events and for its extensive Sunday brunch (Dungeness Crab, Oysters on the Half Shell, Smoked Salmon, Dim Sum, made to order Omelettes, Prime Rib, etc.), although you might find the decor a bit dated. 

41. Sao Paulo, Skye Restaurant, Unique Hotel


Award-winning Brazil-based lifestyle journalist and event planner Juliana Asaasd says, "Skye Restaurant at Unique Hotel has great views of São Paulo, sexy deck with a pool, and seriously good food by star chef Emmanuel Bassoleil” 

42. Sao Paulo, Seen, Tivoli Mofarrej Hotel


Sayaad also points to Seen where the varied cuisine under the command of chef William Ribeiro winner of the Veja Comer & Beber award is characterized by classic dishes executed with high-quality products. On the 23rd floor, you can enjoy the 360 degrees views of the São Paulo skyline. Another attraction is the sushi bar run by chef Massahiko Enohi, whose menu of traditional Japanese cuisine with contemporary touches can be harmonized with the sake letter developed by sommelier Yasmin Yonashiro.

43. Tampa, Armani’s, Grand Hyatt


Zagat’s calls Armani’s, with its 14th-floor views, “extraordinary.” Located in the Grand Hyatt this Italian fine dining restaurant features homemade pasta and its signature Wild Boar Sausage Pasta. You’ll find the likes of Roasted Branzino, Grilled Tiger Prawn or Mushroom Risotto.




44. Executive Security Reports

1.   What you should consider before you get behind the wheel in Cuba
2.   Preventing a robbery while traveling
3.   How to survive a terrorist attack
4.   Seven ways your flight crew can improve security
5.   Six travel security scenarios you should be prepared for 
6.   Family travel safety and security advice
7.   Four trends in executive travel security



45. Jet Card Insider Program Reviews

1.   Air Partner
2.   Airstream Jets
3.   Flexjet
4.   DashJet
5.   Delta Private Jets (New)
6.   JetSuite (Updated)
7.   Jet Aviation
8.   Jet Linx Aviation
9.   Magellan Jets
10   NetJets
11.  Private Jet Services (PJS) Group
12.  Prive Jets 
13.  ProspAir 
14.  Sentient Jet (Updated)
15.  StraightLine Private Air
16.  Wholesale Jet Club
17.  Wheels Up (New)
18.  XOJET



46. Our Most Popular Special Reports

If you are looking for more ideas and inspiration, check out some of our most popular Special Reports below...

National parks by private jet
 

If you want to see America’s rural beauty, its national parks and dramatic landscapes, but want somebody to take care of all the details, including luxury accommodations and top guides who will escort your own private group, meet Revealed America. Founded in 2010, it has been written up and awarded by the likes of Conde Nast Traveler, Forbes, Sunset Magazine and the Virtuoso network of luxury travel agents. GQ calls it  “how to visit the National Parks without roughing it.” In this issue we present the actual three park, private jet itinerary Revealed America recently executed for a lucky client. Read more...
 
Cuba with your own private jet
 

From driving classic cars to cigars, nightlife, nature and the arts, Cuba has so much to do. Johnny Considine, the Irish owner of Cuba Private Travel, who has been living in Havana for 15 years, has been featured in the likes of the Financial Times, Forbes, Conde Nast Traveler, and The Telegraph. He recently told How To Spend It, “The quality of experience that you can have now in Cuba is top-notch. He can also arrange a tour of the island nation using your own private jet. Read more.
 
Seven hot superyachts for charter this Summer
 

We checked in with Northrop & Johnson’s top brokers to find out which superyachts are hot for the charter market this summer, and in our report are eight picks for both Europe and North America. For each superyacht, you’ll find a summary of length, builder, launch and renovation dates, capacity for guests, number of cabins, range of rates, where each boat will be based for the winter season, minimum charter length, captain as well as a list of toys. Read more...
 
Crystal Esprit is perfect for groups up to 64
 

Crystal Esprit sits in the wide gap between chartering a superyacht and even the smaller luxury cruise ships that take 200-300 passengers. There are 91 crew and 62 guests, and the passenger areas are spread across four decks. 

Explore hidden harbors and out of the way island beaches, swim to shore, splash out on wave runners, water toys and your own private submarine. Crystal Esprit is a 5-star floating resort for just 62 guests. You even can charter the entire yacht for celebrations or meetings. Read more…


 
Tour Italy Like a VVIP By Super Car
 

1000 All’ Ora combines its insider auto industry connections with the best of Italian luxury experiences. They arrange everything from hotels to restaurant reservations, sourcing the specific supercar types you want and accompany your group providing VVIP service. 

They will also video your experience, including filming by drones, providing you with a memorable look back at your adventure. They arrange factory tours and behind the scenes visits to wineries, ateliers and museums. Below is a sample four-day itinerary, but in the end, they will do whatever you want, wherever you want in Italy. Read more…
 
Takeovers in The Bahamas, Costa Rica and Panama


Sometimes you want to take over the entire place. In this issue we look at three private resorts, visiting The Bahamas, Costa Rica, and Panama. Each provides the privacy and personalized service that comes with your own residence, but offer more than a typical villa, and are perfect for friends, family and special events such as wedding and even corporate retreats. Read more
 
A billionaire’s private island resort in Fiji


Laucala Island in Fiji was once the playground of publishing mogul Malcolm Forbes. Now owned by Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz, it is a private island resort with just 25 oversized villas bringing together high luxury and South Pacific romance in a playground of soft adventure, and even an 18-hole golf course. Each villa is different, designed with an eye to traditional Fijian style and all come with private pools set amidst the palms of coconut plantations, white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and lush green mountains. Read more…


 
Why Waikiki is back as a luxury destination
 

Waikiki is back as a destination for luxury travelers. The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach has joined the Halekulani, Royal Hawaiian and Trump International as 5-star options. But the real change is that both Waikiki and Honolulu have become a destination fit for foodies, adding to the increasing quotient of luxury shopping. Most importantly, and often overlooked, a quick drive to the other side of Oahu and you will find deserted beaches, hiking, biking and all sorts of soft adventure on par with Hawaii’s outer islands.  Read more...
 
Five stunning villas in Los Cabos
 

Located next to One&Only Palmilla, Del Mar Los Cabos is a luxury gated. Expansive homes up to 12,000 sq. ft. are built to the highest standards of construction, and you have your own butler and private chef. Elegant Mexico handles all pre-arrival planning and concierge services. You get your own golf cart, Club Ninety-Six beach club and kids club access, Club Espiritu fitness club and spa, Offsite activity coordination services, in-residence spa services, 24-hour gated security, and 24-hour emergency medical response are all included. Read more...



 
Luxury on the Bund in Shanghai


If you are visiting on leisure or have extra time, or this is your first time coming to Shanghai, The Peninsula should be at the top of your consideration set. It also has a board meeting room with stunning views of The Bund on the west bank Huangpu River. The area is notable for its beautiful waterfront buildings, many of which have been restored. If you are doing a product launch, there is some nice rooftop space, indoors and outside. Read more…
 
Fine and Fun Skyscraper Dining in Bangkok


lebua at State Tower in Bangkok has become the epicenter of Thailand’s move to award-winning internationalizing, with 2-star Michelin restaurant Mezzaluna, Breeze, Sirocco, and soon Chef’s Table under the direction Vincent Thierry of the 3-star Michelin Caprice in Hong Kong. Of course, the nightlife is not restricted to restaurants with a multitude of specialty bars from The Flute A Perrier Jouet and Alfresco 64, a Chivas bar, lebua No. 3, with its caviar shooters and of course the bar that launched a worldwide trend, Skybar (pictured left). Read more...
 
Views of the lake in Geneva
 

In the center of Geneva, convenient to private banks and the United Nations, Hotel D'Angleterre is hotel with a view of Lake Leman, both from its top suites and fine dining restaurant. Part of the Red Carnation group of boutique luxury hotels, each suite and room has its own unique decor. Don’t forget to check out its new cigar lounge. Read more...




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