After trying (and failing) to get a table at Mandarin Oriental's Lobby Lounge, a friend and I headed to the building next door, the Museum of Arts and Design. On the very top floor is Robert, the museum cafe, with its own pretty views of Central Park and Columbus Circle. (See photos of my last visit.)
If you're just going to the cafe from the museum lobby, you don't have to pay the museum admission.
After getting a seat by the window, I ordered the Scarlet Glow Iced Tea ($5), a blend of hibiscus and elderflower.
Before getting sweets, a cheese plate. A selection of three is $15. The cheese platter is served with a plate of baguette slices.
Then, homemade ice cream! Mine was banana and it is $3 per scoop.
Between bites, taking in the views.
INFO: Robert at Museum of Arts and Design | 2 Columbus Circle, 9th Floor | New York, NY 10019 | 212.299.7730