Tis the season for outdoor bars! Instead of settling at a ground-level patio or garden, see Manhattan from a different perspective. Soaring at 12, 17, nearly 30 stories into the air, the city's hotel rooftop bar scene has a distinct advantage of offering some of the best seats in the city - and some cool cocktails to boot. So when the temperatures go up and the sun comes down, you can find the scene for you. And don't forget to charge your phone - you'll want to capture that view.
Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar
Conrad New York Hotel, 102 North End Ave., 646-769-4250, Conradnewyork.com/loopydoopy
The view: The Hudson River and Statue of Liberty
Rooftop height: 16th floor
The scene: Stylish and sophisticated New Yorkers, mostly in their mid-20s to mid-30s, hang out here.
To drink: Get the signature “Prosecco & Ice Pop” cocktail ($18), which combines alcohol-infused people’s pops (like Blueberry Peach, with St. Germain liquor) with Prosecco.
To eat: Shared plates include olive oil potato chips with truffle parmesan aioli ($7).
Pro tip: This summer, there will be five special “prize pops” – the winner receives a two-night weekend stay in the presidential 1,500-ft. suite.(Credit: Loopy Doopy)
Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge at Gansevoort Meatpacking
Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, 18 9th Ave., 212-206-6700, Gansevoorthotelgroup.com
The view: 360-degree view of the Hudson River and city skyline Rooftop height: 14th floor
The scene: NYC’s 25-45 years olds crowd this wraparound terrace.
To drink: Get the Mango Lime Rickey (Van Gogh mango vodka, mango puree, fresh lime juice and Sierra Mist, $16).
To eat: The new menu features such sandwiches as a double cheeseburger ($19) or peso caprese ($17)
Pro tip: The 45-ft. pool is for guests only, but you can get a day pass for $300 which also includes access to the hotel’s spa.(Credit: Magda Biernat)
Refinery Hotel, 63 W. 38th St., 646-664-0372, Refineryrooftopnyc.com
The view: Cinematic views of Manhattan, including the Empire State Building
Rooftop height: 13th floor
The scene: After-work crowd during the week and partiers on the weekend
To drink: Celebrate the sunny season with Blood Orange Margaritas ($14) or Classic Mojitos ($16).
To eat: Order flatbreads ($11-$15) and sliders ($10-$12) to share from the “unselfish” menu, or get a lobster roll ($22) or catfish po’boy ($17) all for yourself if you’re feeling selfish.
Pro tip: Come for the live jazz in the early evenings, stay for the DJs who spin later in the night.(Credit: Refinery Hotel)
The Pod 39 Rooftop
The Pod Hotel 39, 145 E. 39th St., 212-865-5700, Thepodhotel.com
The view: East River and Chrysler Building
Rooftop height: 17th floor
The scene: Young, hip twenty- and thirty-somethings
To drink: Tequila-inspired cocktails are in abundance, but go for the Palomita (vodka lime juice, grapefruit soda and vanilla salt, $13) if vodka’s more up your alley.
To eat: Order from April Bloomfield’s Salvation Taco taqueria and cantina, which is also in the hotel.
Pro tip: Take a break from the sun with some games of ping pong or Battleship in the playroom.(Credit: Annie Schlechter)
Gerber Group's The Roof
Viceroy New York, 124 W. 57th St., 212-707-8008, theroofny.com
The view: Soaring views of Central Park
Rooftop height: 29th floor
The scene: Downtown dwellers and the Wall Street pack trek uptown for the views.
To drink: Signature drinks include the Monkey Business (scotch, aperol, Cointreau, fresh lemon juice, $18)
To eat: Nosh on crab toast ($18) and artichoke hummus ($16)
Pro tip: DJs play an eclectic mix: indie-rock, soul and blues, and classic music, from 4 p.m. until 4 a.m. daily.(Credit: Viceroy New York)
Bookmarks Rooftop Lounge
The Library Hotel, 299 Madison Ave., 212-204-5498, Hospitalityholdings.com
The view: The New York Public Library and Grand Central Station is in sight from the open terrace.
The scene: Young professionals to older businessmen and women
To drink: Say cheers with the Bookmarks Punch (passion fruit juices, Appleton Estate rum, Grand Marnier, $18.50), which is served tableside with Moet & Chandon Champagne.
To eat: Share some house-made potato chips ($8) and flatbread pizzas ($18).
Pro tip: Weather questionable? You can still enjoy the bar from the enclosed greenhouse.(Credit: The Library Hotel)
Dream Downtown, 355 W. 16th St., 212-229-2511, Dreamhotels.com
The view: Direct line of sight to the Empire State Building
Rooftop height: 12th floor
The scene: A trendy, young crowd fills this 400-person penthouse bar, which after 9:30 p.m. is open to the public at the doorman’s discretion.
To drink: The signature cocktail is the DD-Tea (Absolut wild tea, Absolut citron, black tea and lemon, $18).
To eat: Get bites like chips and guacamole ($15) and mini lobster rolls ($21).
Pro tip: To sit poolside, go a few floors down to The Beach, where a $175 day pass also gets you access to the lounge and gym.(Credit: Dream Downtown)
NYLO NYC, 2178 Broadway, 212-362-1100, nylohotels.com/nyc
The view: Summer sunsets on the Hudson River and Upper Manhattan sites like the Museum of Natural History
Rooftop height: 16th floor
The scene: Upper West Side trendsetters flock to the intimate, 22-seat terrace bar.
To drink: Beyond beer and wine, there will be a specialty cocktail, like sangria, that changes weekly.
To eat: Sorry, no food allowed. But if you’re hungry, head to the ground-floor LOCL Bar, which serves fare from Serafina.
Pro tip: Happy hour, launching soon, will feature $5 beer and wine from 5-6 p.m. Live music is also in the works.(Credit: NYLO NYC)
La Quinta Manhattan, 17 W. 32nd St., 212-991-8842, Vunyc.com
The view: Close-up view of the Empire State Building
Rooftop height: 14th floor
The scene: Laid-back young adult crowd
To drink: Celebrate summer with a caipirinha (cachaca and fresh limes muddled in sugar, $10)
To eat: Through June 15, feel free to order food for delivery. After that point, a menu of bar bites, like wings and dips, will be available.
Pro tip: The $5 happy hour, from 5-7 p.m. on weekdays and all day on Sundays, makes this one of the more affordable rooftop destinations in town.(Credit: Vu Bar)