A Look Back at Windows on the World; Three NYC Favorites Expand

A view from the top; the 107th floor, that is. Photo: Ezra Stoller/Esto

Ten years after, this week’s magazine is all about September 11. "The Encyclopedia of 9/11" is an A-to-Z rundown of many topics, including World Trade Center restaurant Windows on the World. Ruth Reichl looks back at the 107th-floor restaurant, presided over by the tireless Joe Baum, and recalls that "From up [the city] it was a toy village." Though "critics carped" about the food, at Windows, "you ordered like a Master of the Universe: oysters heaped with pearls of caviar, whole lobes of foie gras in Sauternes, burnished ducks and butter-braised lobsters." In the end, "it was never about the food. It was about ambition and dreams. It was a temple of New York magic."

A view from the top; the 107th floor, that is. Photo: Ezra Stoller/Esto

Meanwhile, Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite notice that with the crop of Labor Day restaurant openings, expansion is the word. Mexicue, Fatty ‘Cue, and the has-nothing-to-do-with-’cue Terroir all have plans to roll out second locations this coming weekend. So direct your envy at your friends in the Lower East Side, West Village, and Murray Hill.