Viator Exclusive: Empire State Building Experience - Top Deck Express Pass & STATE Grill And Bar Dinner - New York City

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Experience one of New York City's top sights without the lines, with this exclusive offer, available only through Viator. Ditch the crowds with an express, skip-the-line pass for the Empire State Building’s Main and Top Observatory decks. On your ride up, listen to stories from the elevator operator, who controls your ascent in the manually operated Otis lift — don't miss a photo with the old-school operator after your ride. Experience expansive views of the Manhattan skyline, neighboring boroughs, and 80 miles into the distance. Cap off your night with a 3-course dinner at STATE Grill and Bar (ranked 4.5 stars by TripAdvisor users), located on the Empire State Building’s first floor.

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  • Dinner included
  • Editor's Pick
  • Enjoy a romantic night including dinner
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Exclusive to Viator
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This Express Pass lets you skip the lines on your way to the Main and Top Decks of the Empire State Building. From the renovated Art Deco lobby through the sustainability and historical exhibits, you'll experience one of the most iconic observatories in the world. See for yourself what makes the Empire State Building Experience a must-see on your next NYC visit. An old-school elevator operator will take you to the observatories and share stories about the building and its history.

Following your trip to the observatories, sit down for dinner at STATE Grill and Bar. Your three-course dinner includes an appetizer, an entree and a dessert, plus unlimited fountain soda, and coffee or tea. Guests 21 years of age or older may enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or beer.

See the Itinerary section for a sample menu. 

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Inclusions for Viator Exclusive: Empire State Building Experience - Top Deck Express Pass & STATE Grill And Bar Dinner

  • Skip-the line-access to Main Deck (86th Floor Observatory)
  • Skip-the-line access to Top Deck (102nd Floor)
  • 3 Course Prix fixe dinner at STATE Grill and Bar
  • Complimentary glass of beer or wine at STATE Grill and Bar (restaurant’s selection based on current menus)
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Exclusions for Viator Exclusive: Empire State Building Experience - Top Deck Express Pass & STATE Grill And Bar Dinner

  • Gratuities 
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Monday - Saturday
(Sample Menu)

Prix Fixe Menu
Includes fountain soda, coffee or tea and choice of one from each section


  • Seafood Chowder -  bacon | torn croutons
  • Classic Caesar - romaine hearts | parmigiano reggiano
  • Chef's Soup - daily vegetarian selection
  • Asparagus Salad - butter lettuce | english peas | apple | avocado vinaigrette
  • Crispy Crab Cake - green mango salad | lemon-coriander aïoli
  • Burrata - roasted baby beets | heirloom tomato, arugula


  • Housemade Cavatelli - confit tomatoes | basil
  • Skuna Bay Salmon - spaghetti squash | roasted tomato | saffron chermoula
  • Roasted Farm Chicken - free-range local chicken | fingerling potatoes | spring onions | salsa verde
  • Braised Boneless Short Rib - baby carrot | cipollini onion | parsnip-potato purée
  • Quinoa Risotto - curried chickpea | roasted eggplant |tomato | zucchini | feta
  • Linguini - asparagus | gorgonzola | house-cured pancetta
  • State Beef Burger - cabot cheddar cheese | housemade pickles | served with housemade fries


  • Ice Cream & Sorbets - chef's assorted | seasonal flavors
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Cake - devil’s food cake | housemade hazelnut praline | bittersweet ganache | milk gelato
  • Vanilla Creme Caramel - passion fruit | candied cacao nibs | passion fruit–pineapple sorbet
  • Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnuts - rhubarb compote | lemon mousse | rhubarb sorbet

*menu offerings subject to change

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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Voucher is non-refundable

Adult pricing applies to all packages

Minimum drinking age is 21

STATE Grill and Bar voucher valid for dinner from 5:00pm-10:00pm, Monday-Saturday. Blackout dates may apply.  Reservations strongly encouraged

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Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.

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18 reviews by the users

  • Stunning, fantastic, breathtaking, worth every penny! To be in the museum without the rest of the world was a once in a lifetime experience. The guide loves what she does and wanted to give all the information she could about her favorite pieces, like the very first original piece in the museum!

  • Excellent. Highly recommended x

  • What a view - I thought the Rockafella was high until we did this. The weather wasn't great, but still had amazing views. The staff were very friendly and helpful. This view is a must and worth going all the way to the top.
    Our meal at the State Grill was really nice, it was my birthday and a meal I will always remember. The food was delicious and a special treat with desert - a chocolate Happy Birthday plaque and a candle - very thoughtful.

  • Outstanding value for money. Empire State at night time is truly magnificent. The staff were excellent - so attentive and courteous. Loved being ushered to the front - made the visit so much more enjoyable being able to avoid the queues.

  • The full option version is really good. Nice food, nice people and no waiting... no stress

  • Top deck express pass is highly recommended as you actually pass all lines and you don't have to wait anywhere. Great view from 86th and 102nd floor - don't miss this if you're visiting NYC. Very convenient to finish the evening with a delicious dinner at the STATE Grill and var - good food and good service. And of course VIP entrance away from all lines :-

  • Love the Empire State Building and other than some confusion on where to get tickets etc. it was an amazing experience. Long delays in getting the elevator up to the 102nd floor. The dinner at the State Grill and Bar was fabulous - excellent food, service!!

  • The only issue we had was that the staff had no idea of what we should do to trade the Viator paperwork for the tickets we needed to have dinner, see 86th level and 102 level viewing. We had to go around in circles to get our tickets. This said, the food and staff at the State Bar and Grill was excellent! The views from the 86th and 102nd floors were breath taking! I would do this again in a second, now that I know where to get the tickets and how to get through the path to get what is needed to do this event!

  • Well, my daughter and I couldn't plan the weather for this outing and that was the only reason I gave it four stars....But with that in mind it made it so we were one of approximatly 6 families in the line that stretched for miles. We walked through the red velvet ropes like rock stars. It was in the single digits and the wind was so stong it almost swept me off my feet. The snow was falling, creating blizzard like conditions, but yet we could still see the glowing lights of the buildings close by. The entire staff and the experience was like nothing we could ever redo! It would be a completely different experience on a good day. The top deck was eerily dark with a friendly attendant and steal beams prutruding from the walls.The elevator was like an amusement ride and dinner at the State grill was fancy and fabulous!

  • It was fantastic. The views were great, no wait in lines, right up. And the food and service at State Grill and Bar was over the top.

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