There’s no better way to escape the hot, crowded streets below than drinks and breathtaking views at the best rooftop bars in NYC.
When contemplating where to go out in New York City during summer, much of the decision making revolves around the question, “Can we sit outside?” What sets those establishments with outdoor seating apart from the rest is rooftop access, because drinks with a view almost always taste better. The next time you’re craving a cocktail and the New York skyline, sip your libation from any of these rooftop bars in NYC.
Roof at Park South, 127 East 27th St
Located atop Park South Hotel in Gramercy, Roof at Park South features a magnificent 360-degree view of the New York City skyline. This one-of-kind setting is complemented by a remarkable drink and food menu created by chef Tim Cushman, a James Beard Award recipient. The layout is sleek, marked by a wooden bar and tables, sofa seating, and a fireplace for those cooler summer nights. We appreciate the comprehensive cocktail menu, divided into categories – it makes choosing slightly easier. Feeling peckish? The truffle fries with parmesan and crispy herbs and carnitas tacos with slow cooked pork are a must.
Westlight, 111 N 12 St
Perched on the 22nd floor of the The William Vale in Williamsburg, Westlight is a Brooklyn rooftop bar offering stunning views of Manhattan. The chic space has a wraparound terrace and glassed-in lounge. Expand your cocktail horizons by ordering a Westlight original such as the Mirrorstone made with tequila, Vida mezcal, Cardamaro, tamarind, lime, and cucumber. Esteemed chef Andrew Carmellini has created globally- inspired dishes sure to please any foodie. Highlights include the charred eggplant dumplings, Kurobuta baby back ribs, and tempura bass buns.
Pod 39 Rooftop, 145 E 39 St
Set atop the trendy, budget-minded Pod 39 Hotel, this sky-high New York rooftop bar offers a picturesque vista of the city. But what we love so much about Pod 39 Rooftop is the enchanted ambiance thanks to its ivy strewn archway walls, festive lighting, and colorful tile tables. Plan a summer evening at this urban oasis with friends to enjoy Mexican bites from Pod 39’s Salvation Taco alongside breezy, seasonal cocktails.
Ophelia, 3 Mitchell Place, 26th Fl
A new kid on the list since February 2018, Ophelia is a posh rooftop lounge set in the historic Beekman Tower. The stunning interior pays homage to the building’s Art Deco origins, but with a modern sensibility. Decor accents include ornate window and lighting fixtures, plush seating, and a black and white checkered floor. Open all year round, it provides a 360-degree view of Manhattan’s skyline. Like the space, the cocktail menu puts an innovated spin on tradition – notables include the Caribbean Old Fashioned with rum, piloncillo cane sugar, winter spices, and citrus oils, and The Flapper with vodka, di saronno, lemon, pineapple, raspberries, Angostura bitters, and champagne.
St. Cloud, 6 Times Square, 17th Fl
As the first luxury hotel in Times Square, The Knickerbocker pulled out all the stops when dreaming up St. Cloud. With both outdoor and indoor seating, this upscale rooftop lounge boasts three Sky Pods overlooking Time Square, living greenery walls, and a Waterford Crystal Lounge! In addition to an inventive cocktail and beer menu and seasonal small plates, you can enjoy a curated music program offering live performances every night. With the kinetic energy of the heart of NYC swirling just below, the rooftop experience at St. Cloud is like no other.
Salon de Ning at The Peninsula, 700 5th Ave at 55th St
During the 1930s, Shanghai was known at the “The Paris of the East, New York of the West.” It was a place where culture, power, and excess collided. Channeling this opulent time in Shanghai’s history, Salon de Ning at The Peninsula is laid out in dark wood with bold red accents, giving a cinematic look and feel to the space. With skyline views, the open terrace is peppered with luxurious sofas and day beds while paintings of a fictional woman named Madame Ning hang on the ceiling of the inside lounge. Confused? No matter, just order from the cocktail menu with on-theme offerings such as the Ning Sling with gin, fresh mint, lychee and passion fruit, or Tand tea made with tequila, white tea, pomegranate, and watermelon.
Westlight photo by Jacob M. via Yelp. Ophelia and Salon de Ning photos by the bars.
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