Remembering Windows on the World

August 29, 2011

As we approach the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the latest issue of New York features a 9/11 encyclopedia. One of the items within it is a special remembrance of Windows on the World, the restaurant complex located on the 106th and 107th floors of the North Tower, written by Ruth Reichl. 

From 1976 until the attacks, Windows on the World was one of the most iconic (and expensive) restaurants in the country. It made more than $37 million in annual revenues, making it America's top-grossing restaurant. In the two-floor complex were the main restaurant, a smaller restaurant called Wild Blue, and "The Greatest Bar on Earth." 78 employees of the restaurant perished in the attacks. 

"It’s been said we’ve romanticized the place after the horror of what happened there. I’d say we romanticized it all along. It was never about the food. It was about ambition and dreams. It was a temple of New York magic," Reichl writes. 

Did you ever eat at Windows on the World? 

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Susan Ann Glass's picture

As resident Manhattanites, my husband and I often dined there for Sunday brunch, often with out of town family and friends. We'd often go there for cocktails in the evening and the occasional dinner. My husband and I also attended business lunches and receptions, too. The food and the views were unparalleled. We moved to Virginia and found one lone WOTW matchbox...a somber souvenir from a place we'll never forget.

Krissy's picture

Beautiful memory.

Cathy D's picture

My husband and I went to Windows on the World for an anniversary dinner one year before 9/11. It was a great experience with great food and wonderful service, they had a desert sampler with each desert on the menu that was fabulous.