A few years ago, Aucklanders rejoiced at the opening of a funky new rooftop dining precinct at Westfield Newmarket.
A far cry from your usual crowded shopping centre food court, the Westfield Newmarket rooftop dining precinct has a touch of class and a bevy of beautiful restaurants that would be equally well placed at the Viaduct or in the exclusive grounds of a luxury hotel.
Whether you are looking for venue for a romantic dinner, a work lunch or some cheeky drinks with friends, ‘Rooftop on Broadway’ has a restaurant to suit your occasion. Cuisines range from German and Spanish, to Asian and Mediterranean.
And with space for about 1,700 people, you’re sure to find a seat at one of these elevated eateries.
Something & Social
Something & Social is described as an ‘All-day modern bar and eatery’. It’s one of those places where you can book (or show up) at any time of the day and find a great selection of tasty and interesting food. Whether you fancy a spot of brunch, some bites to share, a creamy pasta, a fresh salad or maybe a juicy steak, you’ll find it all there.
As you might expect, Something & Social takes socialising seriously, luring groups in successfully by offering great deals every day of the week.
The drinks list is fairly extensive too, with 14 different types of gin and a dozen cocktails. So even if it’s just a quick after-work tipple you’re after, Something & Social is well worth a visit!
New York Grill
This authentic New York steakhouse specialises in succulent steaks and fresh oysters — a truly mouth-watering duo! Ideal for a date night or a special occasion, the dishes here are well presented and bursting with texture and flavour.
If you love your beef, you’ll be pleased to see there’s a Japanese A5 wagyu sirloin on the menu — arguably one of the best quality steaks around. There’s also a mixed grill platter for two or three meat lovers, filled with scotch fillet, pork ribs, chicken and lamb shoulder.
If you’re not such a die-hard meat fan, there are plenty of other options to choose from too, including seafood, salads, pastas, burgers and sides — and a 17-page drinks list with a beverage to match every main.
If you’re visit with oysters in mind, you won’t be disappointed. New York Grill offers three different serving options; the first natural with mignonette, the second buttermilk fried with bloody mary remoulade, and the third with thermador, sauvignon blanc and gruyere.
White + Wongs
South-East Asian food, luxe décor and a Good Food Guide Chef’s Hat… Need we say more? If the White + Wongs name sounds familiar, you may already be acquainted with one of the other restaurants either in Queenstown, at the Auckland Viaduct or across the ditch in Sydney. There’s good reason why White + Wongs has become a bit of an institution, and it has a fair bit to do with the incredible food.
They bring together all our favourite street foods from a handful of countries in South-East Asia, including China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. This means that you can start off with a piping hot tom yum, follow it up with some Peking duck pancakes and then indulge in a tasty massaman curry of lamb shoulder, gourmet agria potatoes, peanuts and crispy shallots. Yum!
And if you feel like starting your weekend on a high note, White + Wongs has a DJ in-house every Friday from 5pm along with champagne, cocktail specials and White + Wongs bites.
There’s a private dining room here too which is well worth checking out for your next professional or personal occasion.
This German-inspired favourite is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a hearty meal! With restaurants across Australia and also one in Queenstown, the Bavarian has quickly become a firm favourite with families and large groups for its tasty, generously-portioned food and relaxed atmosphere.
The menu is full of German favourites including pork knuckle, schnitzels and loaded sausages, to name just a few. There are also giant pretzels, ribs, burgers, wings and even salads if you feel like something a little lighter. The kids’ menu features less complex takes on German food (think a frankfurter or plain chicken schnitzel) as well as some healthier options like cauliflower bits and a grazing plate for the big-kids.
The Bavarian is another popular place to catch up with friends for a few drinks. Share a cocktail jug, try some of the German beers on tap or treat yourself to some schnapps!
Ready to be transported straight to the streets of Japan? Then step inside IPPUDO, where the ramen is as authentic and tasty as it gets! Famous for its Tonkotsu (pork marrow) ramen, this is a top spot for a no-fuss lunch that will leave you satisfied.
The broth is complex with just the right amount of saltiness, and you can even choose how firm you’d like your noodles — adding a delightfully ‘customised’ take on a dining experience at what is a popular multinational chain.
And it’s not just ramen on the menu; you’ll also find the always-popular karaage chicken and edamame, rice bowls, steamed buns and so much more.
It’s a popular spot (and for good reason), so be prepared for a wait to be seated if you’re visiting at a busy time.
We’re firm believers that no restaurant precinct is complete without a great burger joint, and Newmarket rooftop delivers on this too. Corner Burger serves up a variety of tasty burgers — but the menu isn’t so big that it’s overwhelming. They focus on doing seven burgers well and offering each in four different ways: with an egg glazed bun, with a gluten-free bun, as a salad or with a double patty.
There’s also a daily special on every day of the week, whether you’re a ‘Cheap Tuesday’ kind of diner or holding out for a ‘Saturday Session’.
Whichever day and whatever way you dine, make sure you don’t leave without first perusing the dessert menu. Check out the Instagram-worthy mini snickers burger consisting of snickers parfait, vanilla ice cream, peanut butter, caramel and chocolate sauces, whipped cream, a doughnut bun and sprinkles… And there’s a mini banoffee burger too!
For the early risers there are breakfast burgers and for the littlies, a kids menu. And like any good burger shop, Corner Burger offers a great selection of sides and beverages; the perfect accompaniments to your bountiful burger banquet.
Your first step inside Bodrum Market immediately gives the impression that you’re in for a good experience. And the dreamy Mediterranean-inspired interior is not just trendy and sophisticated but a welcoming reflection of the authentic cuisine on offer.
The menu is mouth-wateringly good, serving up all your favourite Mediterranean combinations from lamb and feta to hummus and flatbread. There’s quite a big pizza and pide menu featuring most of the usual suspects and a few surprises too — like the sujuk and egg pide with beef sausage, eggs, mozzarella and feta crumbs.
And if you’ve just got a hankering for a traditional Turkish apple tea, a Negroni cocktail or perhaps some delicious baklava, Bodrum Market has all that and more.
Stop off here once you’ve finished your shopping — you won’t be disappointed with this Mediterranean masterpiece.
The Rooftop on Broadway dining precinct is located on Level 4 of Westfield Newmarket, located at 277 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland.