The Roof Garden offers "spectacular" views of the Manhattan skyline form a vantage point high above Central Park. The views have been described as "the best in Manhattan." Art critics have been known to complain that the view "distracts" from the art on exhibition.New York Times art critic Ken Johnson complains that the "breathtaking, panoramic views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline" creates "an inhospitable site for sculpture" that "discourages careful, contemplative looking." Writer Mindy Aloff describes the Roof Garden as "the loveliest airborne space I know of in New York."
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The cafe and bar are popular for romantic summer dates.New York Magazine rates the Roof Garden as "one of the finest pick-up spots in Manhattan."The New York Times describes the cafe as a place "to sit and drink (with) views that mesmerize, while being shaded from the sun."