Customers looking to patronize One World Trade Center will need to cough up a $32 fee if they even want to think about eating anything at the upcoming One World Observatory, the three-level complex that will include the fine-dining restaurant One and two “curated eateries.”
In a press release that announced its May 29 opening date, the Observatory listed its pricing details: $32 is the price tag for anyone between 13 and 64, while children between 6 and 12 will only need $26; seniors 65 and older must play $30. Admission will be free for those who lost family members in the 9/11 attacks and those who were part of the rescue efforts.
While the ticket price includes access to the entire Observatory, which will also feature a number of installations, including “a virtual time-lapse that recreates the development of New York City's skyline from the 1600s to present day,” guests will not be able to access any of the food options without purchasing a ticket.
It was not so with Windows on the World, the venerable fine-dining restaurant from Michael Lomonaco, now the chef of Porter House New York, which was located on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower.
“At Windows, we ran several different restaurants,” the chef told The New York Post. “You could come up to the bar, have a soft drink and a burger, enjoy the views, and leave. There was never a cover charge.”