NYC rooftop bars and restaurants to visit now

Embrace blue-skied, if chilly days by super-sizing where you enjoy that cocktail or meal. This city you call home is filled with rooftop bars and restaurants with indoor areas to keep you warm while you enjoy breathtaking views.

While others are paying for the vistas via observation decks, you'll be overlooking New York City for the price of a beverage — or at least leaving with a full belly.

Enjoy, and don't forget to take a sky-high selfie.

McCarren Hotel & Pool

This rooftop bar is the perfect spot if you like views: With the East River and Manhattan on one side and McCarren Park on the other, there's a lot to see. The menu features craft cocktails made with local spirits as well as small plates. A retractable roof keeps the spot open all year long. 160 N. 12th St., Brooklyn,, 718-218-7500

Ides at the Wythe Hotel

The Ides is a hotel bar, but it's a hotel bar in Williamsburg, so the clientele is a little bit more hipster artist than hedge fund manager. It's located on the roof of the Wythe Hotel, and offers sweeping views of the east side of Manhattan and the East River. If you want to hang out in Williamsburg, but above the fray, this is the place for you. 80 Wythe St., Brooklyn,, 718-460-8006

Kimoto Rooftop

Kimoto marked the opening of the city's first Asian rooftop beer garden when it arrived in 2015. Bar snacks include Asian riffs on American favorites like togarashi fries and bulgogi cheesesteak. Chase your eats down with over 20 varieties of craft beers as well as unique cocktails made with Asian spirits. The zen-like rooftop, designed for not-so-zen activities, seats 110 outside and 115 indoors -- and is open year-round thanks to a heated outdoor terrace. 216 Duffield St., Brooklyn,, 718-858-8940


Night of Joy

Night of Joy is located right under the BQE in Williamsburg, but somehow, miraculously, that doesn't detract from the vibe on the large, flower- and plant-covered roof. In fact, the faint rumbling only adds to the charm. So the views are of a wall in Williamsburg and the BQE, but that's the neighborhood, and it's a great time. The space is reminiscent of a Victorian speakeasy, with velvet furniture and a thick wood bar from which you can order classy cocktails like basil and lime gin gimlets and beet dill vodkas. 667 Lorimer St., Brooklyn,, 718-388-8693

Northern Territory

This Australian tavern with a rooftop bar offers terrific views of the Manhattan skyline from Greenpoint. Seating is at long wooden tables with stools, so come with a large group of friends and no expectation of being comfortable. Drinks include draft beers, wine and $12 cocktails such as "On the rocks with salt," a concoction of coconut rum, soju and lime juice served with a chocolate salt rim. 12 Franklin St., Brooklyn,, 347-689-4065

1 Rooftop

This rooftop bar, located at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn Bridge Park, has everything you need for a summer escape. Fire pits? Check. DJs? Check. Lounge pool? Check. As for the menu, there are lobster rolls, guacamole, burgers, hot dogs and more, as well as craft cocktails, local beers and wine. Oh, and we almost forgot -- unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline? Check. We recommend reservations. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, 60 Furman St.,, 347-696-2505


On the 22nd floor of the shiny new William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg, Westlight offers nearly 360-degree views of Queens and Brooklyn and neon yellow binoculars to examine the far-off shores of eastern Manhattan. If you want to snag one of the coveted outdoor tables, it's best to make a reservation. Otherwise, plan on sipping cocktails ranging from $15 to $18, wine by the bottle or glass, or beer at a booth or table enclosed by the bar's glass walls. Snacks -- spicy coconut cashews, spiced chicken empanadas, herb fries -- draw on mostly Thai, Mexican and American cuisine as inspiration. 111 N. 12th St., Brooklyn,, 718-307-7100

Profundo Pool Club

At this new pool club and bar, which opened in August at the Ravel Hotel, visitors can cool off in the 50-by-20-foot pool or relax on a daybed. To eat, there's oysters, fish tacos, lobster rolls and more, while the drink menu includes summery fare like spritzers and painkillers. You'll need to purchase a day pass or reserve a daybed ($50 and up) to access the rooftop oasis. 8-08 Queens Plaza S., 3rd Fl., Queens,, 718-289-6118


Penthouse808 has gorgeous views of midtown and the 59th Street Queensboro Bridge. Cabanas and 220 seats make up the 8,000-square-foot space. Take in a sunset with a cocktail at this year-round hotspot. Ravel Hotel, 8-08 Queens Plaza South, Queens,

, 718-289-6118

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge

Enter this rooftop bar and lounge, which opens Oct. 4 in the Moxy Times Square hotel, through a darkly lit lobby with a giant funhouse mirror. The real highlights here are the outdoor areas, one on the east side, overlooking the Empire State Building, and one on the west, with a carnival-like vibe and seating on an antique carousel. In one corner, you'll find a miniature putt-putt course with enormous animals in naughty poses. If hunger strikes you here, order entrées or dessert off a menu featuring such State Fair bites as lobster rolls and ice cream sandwiches. 485 7th Ave.,, 212-967-6699

Mr. Purple

On warmer days, hang out by the pool on the larger of two outdoor terraces at Hotel Indigo LES's 15th-floor bar and restaurant. (Ideally with a signature Mr. Purple tequila and cranberry cocktail in hand.) On chillier days, the indoor artist-loft space offers the same downtown Manhattan skyline view, as well as a broad selection of wines, a few beers and bites like beef sliders, a tomato flatbread and a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich. Mr. Purple also offers a brunch menu.180 Orchard St., Manhattan,, 212-237-1790

The Crown

This newly opened bar on the 21st floor of the Hotel 50 Bowery in Chinatown offers views of everything from the Empire Building to the Freedom Tower, with one large deck facing south, the other north. The cocktails menu, served in an interior lounge bridging the decks, showcases neighborhood produce, like dragon fruit, papaya, lychee and tamarind. Beer, wine, sake, the Korean rice liquor soju and non-alcohol mocktails are also available. 50 Bowery, Manhattan,

St. Cloud Social

For those of us who live in New York City, the only way to enjoy the spectacle that is Times Square is observing it from above. From its perch atop the Knickerbocker Hotel, St. Cloud Social offers a bird's-eye view of the tourist hub from its three private "Sky Pods," access to a "Waterford Crystal Lounge" (where champagne is served in Waterford glasses under a Waterford chandelier), and a menu of small plates, cocktails, beer, wine and spirits. There's both an indoor and an outdoor bar. A wall of cultivated vines and strings of market lights overhead set the scene outside.

For the winter months, St. Cloud Social's indoor Club Room transforms into Après at The Knick, an alpine lodge with accents like faux fur rugs, throws and pillows. Order Alps-themed dishes by chef Charlie Palmer, like wiener schnitzel and curry wurst with crispy onion and french fries, and hot cocktails like hot buttered rum and cowboy coffee (Guatemalan coffee, tequila, bitters, cinnamon and maple syrup). 6 Times Square, Manhattan,, 212-204-5787

Allora Alto

This newly opened lounge is located on the top of the Bernic Hotel in the heart of midtown. The rooftop offers a collection of entrees prepared table-side, refreshing drinks and great views of the city. Cocktails include the signature lemon sorbet mojito and the grapefruit sorbet infused gin & tonic (starting at $13), which are paired with Italian cuisines like chicken Parmesan pizza and calamari. 45 E. 47th St., 22nd Floor (Between Third and Lexington avenues),, 212-754-9800

Bar 54

Want to be outside without being chilly? Head to the Hyatt Centric Times Square's Bar 54, which is now offering seating in two heated, igloo-like bubbles outside. The translucent bubbles are outfitted with red and black leather chairs, gray couches, marble tables and plush blankets for those sub-freezing winter nights. The full food and cocktail menu is available to those sitting inside (think beverages like the $26 Campfire Sour, which comes with guajillo pepper-infused bourbon, lemon, egg white and bitters, and snacks like an $8 candied bacon-wrapped pretzel), as well glasses or bottles of Piper-Heidsieck champagne and a $20 chef's VIP platter. 135 W. 45th St.,

The Skylark

You can bet a 30-floor cocktail lounge is going to have a rooftop with can't-miss views of the sunset. Mixologist Johnny Swet has more than a dozen signature mixes ($18 each) on the menu. Try the pistachio cocktail, a mix of Beefeater gin, Singani 63 spirit, pistachio agave, lime juice, muddled parsley and lime wheel garnish, and other drinks with a unique twist. 200 W. 39th St., Manhattan,, 212-257-4577

Good Behavior

On the 18th floor of the new Made Hotel in NoMad, this rooftop bar and lounge has a secret greenhouse feel with plenty of palms and natural wooden plants on the walls. The bar menu by the husband-and-wife team Jeremy Oertel and Natasha David, veterans of Maison Premiere, puts an emphasis on Tiki-inspired drinks, craft beers, and "large format" cocktails for more than one person. The lounge with indoor and outdoor spaces offers a view of the Empire State building and live music on some nights. 44 W. 29th St., Manhattan,, 212-213-4429

Hotel Chantelle

Rooftop trip to France without leaving the Lower East Side? Oui, oui. The bar has a retractable roof so you can relax in its European garden-themed rooftop lounge year-round. The lamppost lighting, park benches and greenery create a Parisian-setting and classy atmosphere. The spot's specialty cocktails (Sangria Savoir Faire, Pineapple Express, Kentucky Bramble) start at $14. 92 Ludlow St., Manhattan,, 212-254-9100

Le Bain

This scene-y penthouse discotheque and rooftop bar atop The Standard Hotel near the High Line is pretty exclusive: Admission is determined at the entrance, and hotel guests aren't guaranteed access. If you do get in, you'll be rewarded with great views of the Hudson River, DJs and, during the summer, a plunge pool on the dance floor and an outdoor creperie. 848 Washington St., Manhattan,, 212-645-7600

Gallow Green

Gallow Green, located on the roof of the McKittrick Hotel, boasts views of the High Line, the river and Manhattan for as far as the eye can see. And for the cooler months, it's transformed into a similarly enchanting place called The Lodge. 542 W. 27th St., Manhattan,, 212-564-1662

The Top of The Standard

Atop The Standard Hotel, the modish Meatpacking District fixture known for its floor-to-ceiling windows and A-list nightlife scene, sits a venue with views as stunning as you'd expect from a building that straddles the High Line. Hit the Top of The Standard at sunset for the ultimate eye candy while enjoying specialty drinks and tasty small plates, or stop by for a bite in your best cocktail attire. 848 Washington St., Manhattan,, 212-645-4646

Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room

For some of the best views of the Empire State Building and Central Park, head up to the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center, where Bar SixtyFive offers sprawling scenery, cocktails and small bites. Adjacent to the classic Rainbow Room, this more casual venue offers indoor seating in the winter (everyone gets a good view, don't worry) with an iconic New York flair. The drinks aren't cheap -- and there's a dress code for men that requires collared shirts -- but think of it all as your ticket to the Top of the Rock (technically the 67th floor, but you're still getting the same views). 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan,, 212-632-5000

The Delancey

This rooftop is about as close as you can get to a tropical hideaway in Manhattan. Slatted boardwalk-style floors, lush palm fronds and greenery and cozy beach lounges make The Delancey feel like a vacation spot -- even on those chilly nights. 168 Delancey St., Manhattan,, 212.254.9920

Bookmarks Rooftop Lounge

The New York Public Library and Grand Central Station are in sight from the open terrace at this gorgeous bar. Seasonal cocktails are the thing here, and even when the weather is chilly, you can still enjoy the bar from the enclosed greenhouse. The Library Hotel, 299 Madison Ave., Manhattan,, 212-204-5498

Social Drink & Food

The enclosed portion of this YOTEL rooftop spot is open year-round, and the outdoor terrace opens up when the weather is cooperating. They've got fancy $12 cocktails and reasonably priced beer and wine on tap. 570 10th Ave., Manhattan,, 646-449-7790

The Roof

If you're looking for some classy views, head to 57th Street -- where this indoor-outdoor hotspot is open year-round. The Roof at the Viceroy New York hotel has masterful views of Central Park and lots of comfortable seating. Sip classic and trendy cocktails and nosh on small bites. 120 W. 57th St., Manhattan,

JIMMY at the James

This luxe rooftop bar is 18 stories up, on top of The James Hotel. Take a dip in the pool or head to the bar's "conversation pit" -- a lounge area with plush seating and retro lamps. The pool is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. 15 Thompson St., Manhattan,

Cantina Rooftop

Tequila cocktails, mezcal, dancing and "modern Mexican cuisine" are promised at Cantina Rooftop. Add sweeping views to the mix and you're sure to have a fun-filled evening above Hell's Kitchen. The retractable glass roof will keep you warm on chilly nights. 605 W. 48th St., Manhattan,, 212-957-1700

Top of the Strand

If you want a hugely impressive, unobstructed Empire State Building view, swing by the Top of the Strand at the Strand Hotel, which is open all year. The cabana area was arranged by set designer Lydia Marks of "Sex and the City." 33 W. 37th St., Manhattan,, 646-368-6385

Plunge at Gansevoort Meatpacking

Check out the 360-degree view of the Hudson River and city skyline while sipping cocktails and wine and eating small bites at this year-round rooftop bar. 18 Ninth Ave., Manhattan,, 212-206-6700

Monarch Rooftop Lounge

Monarch's Scandinavian-chic lounge radiates glamour. Its picturesque views of the Empire State Building are almost enough to distract you from your $16 specialty cocktail. With a large indoor space, it's open year-round. 71 W. 35th St., Manhattan,, 212-630-9993

Sabbia at Eataly

Escape to the seaside with just the touch of an elevator button. Eataly has gone south for the summer. To the Italian coast, that is. The rooftop beer garden, Birreria, has been converted to Sabbia, a 14th-floor beach lounge complete with Italian charms. On the menu: seafood. An oyster bar, pasta with shrimp and squid and plenty of fresh fish entrees. To drink, bright fresh fruit cocktails like the Calabrese Sunrise made with fresh watermelon juice, tequila and a Calabrian Chile-sugar rim ($16). Decorated like a beachhead resort, guests can hang out at the bar or relax in lounge chairs and beach cabanas. 200 Fifth Ave., Manhattan,

The Roof at Park South

This recently revamped rooftop was designed to appeal to the after-work crowd looking to unwind after a busy day. Classic cocktails and small plates make up the appealingly straightforward menu and the views, of course, are great. 125 E. 27th St., Manhattan,, 212-204-5222

The Jane Rooftop

The historic Jane Hotel opens its rooftop during the warm months for guests to enjoy drinks and also food from the ground-floor restaurant Cafe Gitane. The classic design of the bar and small circular party room, along with the patio's breathtaking views of the Hudson River, make this a romantic and pleasant spot to toil away a warm evening. Check ahead to see if this rooftop spot is open -- The Jane frequently rents it out for private events. 113 Jane St., Manhattan,, 212-924-6700

Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

Check out the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty from the 16th floor. Stylish and sophisticated New Yorkers, mostly in their mid-20s to mid-30s, hang out here and drink signature "Prosecco & Ice Pop" cocktails, which combines alcohol-infused People's Pops (like Blueberry Peach, with St-Germain liqueur) with prosecco. Conrad New York Hotel, 102 North End Ave., Manhattan,, 646-769-4250

Upstairs at the Kimberly

Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel is a rooftop lounge 30 stories above street level. This elegant bar is open year-round and serves creative cocktails and small plates. 145 E. 50th St., Manhattan,

, 212-888-1220


This rooftop space in the Meatpacking District features panoramic views of downtown that can be taken in while imbibing and noshing. Come for a party scene, or for dinner. 21 Ninth Ave., Manhattan,

, 212-392-5978

Haven Rooftop

Haven has a rustic yet elegant feel, featuring exposed wood and hanging fabrics. The menu boasts items like sesame-crusted tuna and Caesar salad, and the cocktails are festive. Try the Eclipse, with Jameson Black, fig purée, cassia syrup and star anise.

In the wintertime, the indoor bar is dressed up as a ski chalet with antler chandeliers and twinkling lights. Share the S'mores for Two with a hot date; it's a DIY package that comes with graham crackers, marshmallows for grilling and melted milk chocolate with warm peanut butter. 142 W. 47th St., Manhattan,, 212-466-9000


The rooftop above the city's classic Roosevelt Hotel is a perfect place to play glamorous for an evening. The grand architecture of the hotel has been restored and the rooftop bar features tasty cocktails like the Mad Mojito, with a white chocolate stick and shaved coconut. Menu items include grilled artichokes and short-rib sliders. Madison Avenue and 45th Street, Manhattan,, 212-885-6095