Windows on the World Reopens


Reed Travel Features

NEW YORK -- After a $25 million renovation, Windows on the World reopened with a new menu, new venues and the same incredible views of Manhattan.

Located on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center, the landmark restaurant, which opened originally in 1976, had been closed since the bombing of the tower in February 1993.

Joseph Baum, the restaurateur who headed the original Windows, and his creative team were selected by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to redevelop and operate the new establishment in 1994.

During its two-year renovation, three venues were created to showcase the 50-mile views: Windows on the World -- The Restaurant; The Greatest Bar on Earth, and Cellar in the Sky.

The main restaurant seats 240, and every table in the tiered room offers a view stretching uptown and beyond.

A la carte menu items include lobster in green sauce atop white clam risotto; squab roasted in a crust of salt, and whole roasted sea bass.

The Greatest Bar on Earth actually features three bars, lounge areas (including a cigar lounge), and a view facing southeast.

Lighter Japanese fare is served at each bar in addition to a full menu.

Wines are paired with each course served in the Cellar in the Sky, an intimate space highlighted by a 50,000-bottle wine cellar.

Private catering rooms also are available on both the 106th and 107th floors.

The famed restaurant is working with tour wholesalers and operators to create packages that will feature dinner at the venue.

Packages for groups are in the planning stages for this year.

For additional information on future group packages agents should call the travel and tours sales office at (212) 632-5077.

To contact Windows on the World, call (212) 524-7000.

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