Rooftop bars and restaurants in NYC to visit now

While others are paying for the vistas via observation decks, you can overlook NYC for the price of a beverage.

Embrace the late summer days by super-sizing where you enjoy that cocktail or meal. New York is filled with rooftop bars and restaurants with outdoor patios offering a breath of fresh air above the city streets.

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

The Heights

Thirty-one floors up, atop the Arlo NoMad, The Heights offers 360-degree Manhattan views. It also boasts a glass floor, should you want to cast your gaze down, down, down. Sip on custom cocktails -- maybe you're in the mood for the Washington Heights, with rye whiskey, ginger and elderflower, or the tequila-based Brooklyn Heights? -- and snack on chips and guacamole or salsa. Open seasonally, it's slated to shutter for the cold months in October. 11 E. 31st St.,, 212-951-1141

The Blue Rooftop

The Blue Rooftop lounge is now open at the Marmara Park Avenue hotel, with a two-tiered rooftop with views of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. A Mediterranean theme guides the lounge, with bright blue walls and seating paired with fuchsia and purple cushions that are meant to "evoke a Mediterranean oasis." The food menu features a selection of mezze as well as light bites meant for sharing, while the bar list features seasonal fruit and herbs for its signature cocktails. It is open Mondays through Sundays from 5 p.m. to midnight. (114 E. 32nd St.,

Lucy’s Cantina Royale

If you catch yourself in the middle of dreaded commuter central during happy hour, a margarita will mask the misery. The rooftop bar at Lucy's Cantina Royale blends a tropical escape with a view of Penn Station. Drink deals offered daily, between 4 and 7 p.m., include $7 frozen margaritas, $6 red wine sangrias and $4 Coors Lights. A visit to the seat-yourself restaurant can leave you stuffed on tacos ($8 to $13), quesadillas ($9 to $12) and burritos ($11 to $14) for your commute home. 1 Pennsylvania Plaza, Manhattan,, 212-643-1270



The Renaissance Midtown hotel's new restaurant has a patio bar with a retractable roof and multiple bars, including Versa East and Versa West -- each serving different drinks, including Casamigos margaritas and Leblon Caipirinhas, respectively. Make sure to grab an Angry Rabbit (tequila, St. Germain, passionfruit puree, fresh carrot and lime juices, chilies and cilantro) or a Pineapple Basil (pineapple, basil and cachaça). There's also a wine list featuring small wine producers from different regions and a raw bar for those who want fresh shellfish. Versa's patio bars are open from Monday through Saturday, 3 p.m. until late. (218 W. 35th St.,, 646-850-2850)


Ascend to the 22nd floor of the Archer Hotel for views of the Empire State building and craft cocktails and nibbles from chef Charlie Palmer. The concept for the bar is inspired by Hitchcock's classic thriller "Rear Window": design elements are based on the telescope used by Jimmy Stewart. Grab a classy Midtown Manhattan (rye with aperol, bitters and grapefruit peel) and plates of Old Bay chips and tuna tacos while you spy on the pedestrians below. 47 W. 38th St., Manhattan,, 212-730-0538

Elsie Rooftop

The owners behind the Refinery Hotel in the Fashion District have just launched Elsie Rooftop, dedicated to the iconic actress and interior decorator Elsie de Wolfe. The $7 million rooftop lounge and terrace features food from chef David Burke and was designed by Delphine Mauroit of DMDesign & Architecture. A private elevator greets guests in the lobby and carries them to the 25th floor, where they're treated to a main room with antique mirrors along gold metal walls, Versailles parquet flooring and a blue marble bar top. "Our concept was to create a villa on the roof, inter-mixing various residential elements such as the arched doors leading to the garden to emphasize the penthouse concept," Mauroit said. (1412 Broadway,, 212-764-1090)


Toasting the cocktail bars of the '60s, this lounge perched 21 floors above the Garment District puts an emphasis on the martini. James Bond's drink of choice comes in all variations: dry, dirty, Gibson. Pair your pick with Mediterranean-inspired bites like toasted almonds with smoked Spanish paprika and larger plates like a grilled chicken skewer served with hummus and mixed greens. The design of the space, comprising an indoor lounge and a garden terrace, draws on the vaults and shapes of Spanish architecture. The bar's name is Spanish in origin, too: Castell is the Catalan word for "castle." AC Hotel, 260 W. 40t St., Manhattan,, 212-284-3741

Mondrian Terrace

From the outdoor terrace of this rooftop lounge at the Mondrian Park Avenue hotel, you'll enjoy views of the corner of Park Avenue and 30th Street and sunsets over the downtown skyline. A menu of savory bites covers the standard upscale bar fare: spiced nuts, flatbreads, cheese boards. To drink with your after-work crew, there's beer, wine, sangria and cocktails like Fresh AF (Prosecco, aperol, elderflower and mint) and Gramercy Girl (gin, tonic and cucumber ribbons). If you're lucky, you might catch some live music, too. 444 Park Ave. South, Manhattan,, 212-880-8880

The Rooftop + Pool at the Williamsburg Hotel

Take in the Manhattan skyline from a daybed or cabana at the new Rooftop + Pool at the Williamsburg Hotel. The menu, prepared by executive chef Nic Caicedo, boasts light bites like shrimp ceviche, farro salad and a lobster roll, while mixologist Rael Petit has designed a seasonal cocktail menu. 96 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn,, 718-362-8100

RFTP at Pod Brooklyn

Brooklyn's newest rooftop bar and lounge is now open at the Pod Hotel Brooklyn in Williamsburg. Enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline as you sip cocktails and munch on light fare. Guests can first stop in at the new ground-floor beer garden, Clinton Hall, which offers a wide selection of brews as well as games like Connect 4 and Jenga. 247 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn,, 844-763-7666

Vida Verde Rooftop Margarita Market

The new rooftop extension of Vida Verde, a stylish midtown spot serving authentic Mexican eats and mezcal cocktails, is decked out in brightly colored chairs and tables. Take a seat on the weekend and order the Mexican "poutine" (with fried yucca chips, instead of fries) or the duck hash (with braised duck leg) off the "Brunchacha" brunch menu. For festival sipping, try one of the specialty margaritas in unique flavor combos like mango and habanero, grape and cilantro and honeydew and cayenne. 248 W. 55th St., Manhattan,, 646-657-0565

The Rooftop at Elsewhere

The new rooftop deck at Elsewhere, a multi-room music venue in Bushwick, is hosting no-cover parties with local DJs during the week and a sunset happy hour beginning at 5 p.m. every day. Check out the signature frozen drink menu, live music, weekend parties, food pop-ups from the likes of Mission Chinese and Holy Ground BBQ, film screenings and more all summer long.,

Broken Shaker

It's the most anticipated bar opening so far this year: a tropical oasis serving an eclectic assortment of cocktails and bites atop the Freehand Hotel near Madison Square Park. The original Broken Shaker, in Florida, came in at No. 18 on last year's list of the World's 50 Best Bars, for its Miami vibes and seasonal boozy drinks with exotic herbs. The New York location boasts wood-paneled walls, wicker lampshades and lush plants. Its menu features the bar's signature Cocoa Puff Old Fashioned (Cocoa Puff-infused bourbon and rye stirred with demerara and chocolate bitters) and native additions like the Poppyseed Bagel Fizz (which features powdered cream cheese and Black Seed Bagel kvas). 23 Lexington Ave., Manhattan,, 212- 475-1920

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 pool club and bar 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 boozy drink at this year-round hotspot. On Thursdays and Fridays, from 5 to 7 p.m., specialty cocktails, select glasses of wine and bar bites like vegetable spring rolls and rock shrimp tempura are all $7 each. Ravel Hotel, 8-08 Queens Plaza South, Queens,, 718-289-6118

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge

Enter this rooftop bar and lounge at 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

Bar d’Eau

Opening for the summer season on May 25, this 6,000-square-foot outdoor pool​side lounge at The Dominick Hotel offers views of SoHo away from the crowds. The drinks and food menu has yet to be finalized, but we do know there are plenty of padded chairs for lounging, umbrellas to keep you out of the summer, private cabanas for your clique and bocce courts to keep you entertained. (246 Spring St., Manhattan,


Officially opening to the public in June, this outdoor lounge and event space on the third floor of the Embassy Suites by Hilton New York Midtown Manhattan isn't as high up as most rooftop bars but it does feature views of the midtown skyline. Plus, you get to escape to a garden-like space away from foot traffic on the sidewalk. Highlights on the craft cocktail menu include the $14 Up on 37th (vodka, blackberry liqueur, raspberries and lemon) and the $15 Sunset on Manhattan (vermouth, whiskey, marmalade and angostura bitters). Among your snack options are four different kinds of crostini, with toppings like a combo of ricotta, honey and prosciutto. Starting May 17, the lounge will host an outdoor movie series furnishing attendees with wireless headphones, drink and throws (on chilly days). 60 W. 37th St., Manhattan,,

Azul on the Rooftop

Hotel Hugo's rooftop bar evokes a Cuban cantina with an added bonus: 360-degree views of lower Manhattan. Grab a cocktail like a classic mojito or El Tapatio (tequila, Cointreau, cucumber, jalapeño, cilantro, lime), and imagine yourself on the streets of Old Havana. At sunset on Mondays, starting June 4, Azul hosts movie screenings. 525 Greenwich St., Manhattan,

Serra at Eataly

On its 14th floor, the Flatiron branch of the upscale Italian market has set up a greenhouse-like space serving a wide selection of biodynamic wines, herb-infused cocktails and regional dishes from the Tuscany, Liguria and Campania regions of Italy. ("Serra" means greenhouse in Italian.) Highlights on the menu include the sgroppino, a frozen cocktail blending lemon, prosecco and vodka, fried rabbit and pollo alla cacciatora, chicken with mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers and onions. 200 Fifth Ave., Manhattan,, 212-229-2560

Rose Hill Rooftop at HGU New York

At the NoMad boutique hotel HGU New York, this rooftop bar offers plenty of lounge seating. A plethora of umbrellas means you'll never have to stay out in the sun while nursing a specialty cocktail, like the Rose Hill (tequila, triple sec, lime, hibiscus and roses) or the pirate of Manhattan (rum, red vermouth, angostura bitters). Rose Hill Rooftop is open seven days a week, from 4 p.m. to midnight Mondays through Fridays, and from noon to midnight on weekends. 34 E. 32 St., Manhattan,, 212-779-3432


Sitting atop the iconic Beekman Tower, an art deco building that dates back to 1928 and that one served as a women's-only residence, this new rooftop bar channels the history of its environs. With design touches from the 1920s and 30s and a collection of "curiosities" on display, the 100-seat cocktail lounge resembles the inside of a jewel box. Order yourself a reinvention of a classic cocktail, like "Ophelia's Ascension" ($16) or "The Flapper" ($18), and bites like a lobster spring roll and truffle fries, after taking a tour of the entire space. You'll want to walk along the black-and-white-tiled terrace on the perimeter of the 26th floor for great 360-degree views of Manhattan and the East River. 3 Mitchell Pl., Manhattan,, 212-980-4796

Gallow Green

Gallow Green -- a secret, overgrown garden serving cocktails, dinner and brunch 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. During the winter, the space hosts a mountainside cabin-themed concept called The Lodge, but Gallow Green returns for the spring season on April 20. Weekend brunch service begins on April 28. 542 W. 27th St., Manhattan,, 212-564-1662

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. 180 Orchard St., Manhattan,, 212-237-1790

The Crown

From the Dale Talde crew, this 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, and another 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 also are available. 50 Bowery, Manhattan,

Make Believe

The setting at this new rooftop bar at the boutique SIXTY Hotel on the Lower East Side evokes both East Asian and North African influences, but its cocktail menu is inspired by mostly Japanese flavors. (We're talking about drinks like a spicy matcha-rita.) The music lineup here will include international DJs and recorded world music from David Byrne's label Luaka Bop. Lounge in a red banquette with your crew and take in views of Lower Manhattan at happy hour or on a weekend night after a show at the Bowery Electric or Rockwood Music Hall. 190 Allen St., 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.6 Times Square, Manhattan,, 212-204-5787

Allora Alto

This lounge, located on the top of the Bernic Hotel in the heart of midtown, 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

On chillier nights, head to the Hyatt Centric Times Square's Bar 54, which offers 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 Rooftop at Arlo

This bar atop the boutique Arlo SoHo hotel, which opened in spring 2018, offers views of the Hudson River, craft beer and cocktails. Later into the season, you'll also be able to munch on grilled snacks and small plates. 231 Hudson St., Manhattan,, 212-342-7000

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

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. To drink, you have your pick of specialty cocktails, wine, beer and cider. To eat, shareable dishes include savory snacks like mini lobster rolls and chicken empanadas, and sweet treats like a bucket of caramel popcorn and a cheesecake lollipop tree. 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 opens for the season on Saturday, May 19. 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