Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World: The Twin Towers, Windows on the World, and the Rebirth of New York” as Want to Read:
Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World: The Twin Towers, Windows on the World, and the Rebirth of New York
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World: The Twin Towers, Windows on the World, and the Rebirth of New York

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The remarkable story of a restaurant on top of the world—built by a legend, destroyed in tragedy—and an era in New York City it helped to frame

In the 1970s, New York City was plagued by crime, filth, and an ineffective government. The city was falling apart, and even the newly constructed World Trade Center threatened to be a fiasco. But in April 1976, a quarter-mile up
...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Harry N. Abrams
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.40  · 
Rating details
 ·  47 ratings  ·  17 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World: The Twin Towers, Windows on the World, and the Rebirth of New York
Jill Meyer
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Book review)
It's been said that often a restaurant's staff can become a small community. From the front to the back house workers, the kitchen staff and waitstaff, and going back to the original designers, people meld into a unit. They're all working together to give the diner the best meal and setting they can provide. I'd imagine this is especially true in a restaurant as storied as "Windows on the World", the restaurant at the top of World Trade Center's North Tower. It was this Tower that
...more
Barred Owl Books
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The remarkable story of a restaurant on top of the world—built by a legend, destroyed in tragedy—and an era in New York City it helped to frame

In the 1970s, New York City was plagued by crime, filth, and an ineffective government. The city was falling apart, and even the newly constructed World Trade Center threatened to be a fiasco. But in April 1976, a quarter-mile up on the 107th floor of the North Tower, a new restaurant called Windows on the World opened its doors—a glittering sign that
...more
Joanne  Clarke Gunter
Reading this book was special for me. I have vivid memories of eating at Windows on the World and it was a spectacular restaurant - more than a restaurant, it was a thrilling experience. I hate having to even use the word was because it is still hard to believe that Windows on the World is gone forever along with the gleaming towers of the World Trade Center.

This book provides the interesting history of the creation of Windows on the World and of the magical touch of Joe Baum whose exacting
...more
Julie
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the history of the restaurants in the Windows on the World which resided in the Twin Towers/ the World Trade Center in NYC and was created by the restaurateur, Joe Baum. Roston gives the readers a behind the scenes look at the restaurants in the WTC and the people who ran them. He also talks about the history of the city during that time period and the tragedy that still affects people today. Sad but a compelling read.

Janet
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

The remarkable story of a restaurant on top of the world—built by a legend, destroyed in tragedy—and an era in New York City it helped to frame

In the 1970s, New York City was plagued by crime, filth, and an ineffective government. The city was falling apart,
...more
Kristina
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you for the Advanced Readers Copy of The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World, provided by the publisher, Abrams Books.

Working in a restaurant is hard work and often looked down upon, but fascinating. It's a world that many of us don’t get to see or experience. Tom Roston takes us inside the inner workings and history of one of the most interesting and famous restaurant’s that’s ever been. Part historical, part memoir, The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World shows that creating
...more
Judy G
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Solidly researched book about the full history of NYC World Trade Center and focus on the 20+y life of the restaurant on 107th floor Windows on the World. Roston interviewed many people who survived the 9/11 attack by Al Queda. He begins this with 9/11 and ends it with the future of some of the people who were involved. In many situations tragically where thousands died in those buildings Roston talked to their family and others who knew them.
Fascinating story and so complex prior to 9/11.
...more
Cat
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story. I never got to the restaurant, but heard so much about it from relatives who did. So sorry about what happened there. Just tragic. I am glad someone took the time to tell it's story. The amazing people who worked there need to be remembered. I think the World trade Center really helped turn NYC around when it was built. I remember what a nightmare NYC was in the early 70's; just so grungy.... The World Trade Center was just such as amazing place from top to bottom; an absolute ...more
Kathy Heare Watts
A wonderful look at history.

I won a copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it to my local library.
Christi
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
A really interesting look at the history of restaurants in NYC, WotW, the World Trade Center, and 9/11. I took off a star because there were just TOO many names tossed around to keep everyone straight.
Emily Kennard
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little more into the weeds with less personal stories than I would have liked. But its a very interesting viewpoint into 9/11 and comprehensive
Sara
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fascinating and very readable history of the Windows on the World restaurant of the Twin Towers. Fastidiously researched, it is almost a page turner. I enjoyed reading this and learned a lot.
Tory
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This. Was. Excellent. And restaurants/New York aren't even my thing but this was so interesting! A great view into the rise/fall/rise/fall of NYC, told through the scope of one restaurant.
DAER
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Timely published, well-researched.
Get your tissues ready before reaching the epilogue.
Kayo
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating book. Hard to read knowing how it ends, but during its heyday it was quite something. This book goes in depth. Really good book.
John
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great history of both the restaurant and the city

If you love New York City you will enjoy this book

The 9 11 chapters are really moving
Angela
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-nonfiction
In 1976, Windows on the World restaurant opened inside the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Just 25 short years later, the restaurant would be destroyed in the September 11th attacks, but author Tom Roston has put together a history of and tribute to the famous restaurant in his new nonfiction book.

This book was a unique look inside how a restaurant is born - but not just any restaurant, one of the most well-known, beloved, and successful restaurants in the world. Opening during a time of
...more
Leigh
rated it really liked it
Dec 10, 2019
Spencer Thompson
rated it really liked it
Nov 12, 2019
Ditale
rated it it was amazing
Sep 26, 2019
Joan Murphy
rated it really liked it
Sep 28, 2019
Meg Perry
rated it it was amazing
Sep 29, 2019
Einat
rated it liked it
Oct 29, 2019
Marian
rated it really liked it
Oct 29, 2019
Ashish Patel
rated it really liked it
Dec 03, 2019
Carol
rated it it was amazing
Jul 22, 2019
Angelica
rated it it was amazing
Oct 25, 2019
Adam Ash
rated it really liked it
Sep 30, 2019
Gavin
rated it it was amazing
Nov 09, 2019
cat
rated it it was amazing
Sep 28, 2019
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of September 11, 2001
  • A Warning
  • The Volunteer: One Man’s Mission to Lead an Underground Army in Auschwitz and Expose the Greatest Nazi Crimes
  • Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey
  • Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood
  • Barack and Joe: The Making of an Extraordinary Partnership
  • Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss
  • The Chelsea Girls
  • Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes
  • Marilou is Everywhere
  • The Plaza: The Secret Life of America's Most Famous Hotel
  • I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution
  • Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America's Fast-Food Kingdom
  • Lost You
  • Year of the Monkey
  • Olive, Again
  • Where the World Ends
  • Southern Lady Code
See similar books…