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Stunning views, great steaks and seafood, an artsy vibe, and live jazz wafting in from the adjoining bar all make a meal at this 52nd-floor venue an experience to remember. Even the short walkway to the dining area is singular, with an all-white open kitchen on the left side and the illusion of a sheer drop-off to the right due to the invisibility of a glass wall. Definitely not for the vertigo-challenged. The high-ceilinged dining room is decorated with paintings by Italian artist Valerio Adami depicting scenes of New York, but stealing the show are mesmerizing panoramas of Tokyo afforded by large windows. The menu offers a variety of grilled and baked dishes using ingredients from around the world, including steaks from various regions of Japan, Australian rack of lamb with a grain-mustard crust, and Hokkaido scallops with sun-dried tomato and wasabi salsa. Since its 1994 opening, the New York Grill has featured almost exclusively Californian wines from its 1,600-bottle cellar, but more recently it has added boutique vintages you won't find anywhere else in Japan. For less formal dining (and where I like to sit when eating solo), there are counter seats along the open kitchen where you can watch the chefs in action. The holiday brunch is a Tokyo favorite, but you can also save money by coming for the weekday lunch. No matter when you come, reservations are a must.