Eat and Drink NYC rooftop bars open all year long By GEORGIA KRAL and MELISSA KRAVITZ Updated December 7, 2015 10:17 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Rooftop bars aren't just for the summer. Covered, heated and ready for beautiful views of the snow-coated city, these rooftop bars are happy to host you in the sky no matter what the weather is. Cheers to rooftop drinking all year long! Ides at the Wythe Hotel Photo Credit: The Wythe Hotel 80 Wythe St., Williamsburg, wythehotel.com/the-ides, 718-460-8006 The Ides is a rooftop hotel bar at 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. It's well-designed, comfortable and promises lots of alternative (yet upscale) eye candy. The outdoor area is not heated, but the Ides walls are all windows, so you will feel like you're out in the air. The Delancey Photo Credit: The Delancey 168 Delancey Street, thedelancey.com, 718-460-8006, 212-254-0782 This rooftop is about as close as you can get to a tropical hideaway in Manhattan - and it's open all year round thanks to outdoor heating. Slatted boardwalk-style floors, lush palm fronds and greenery and cozy beach lounges make The Delancey feel like a vacation spot. Almost every night brings a live performance, with low or no cover. Baita at Eataly Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Eataly, 200 Fifth Ave., 212-229-2560, eataly.com Eataly's rooftop beer garden Birreria, covered and heated throughout the cold months, has transformed into an Alpine ski lodge for the season! At Baita, cozy up with Italian spiked hot chocolate and mulled wine and stay warm with hearty Italian fare like polenta and melty Raclette. Monarch Rooftop Lounge Photo Credit: Monarch 71 W. 35th St., addisongroupnyc.com/venues/monarch, 212-956-7020 This spot debuted this summer, and the Monarch's Scandinavian-chic lounge continues to radiate glamour into the winter months. A tented area allows guests to take in picturesque views of the Empire State Building and knock back $16 specialty cocktails in comfort. Hotel Chantelle Photo Credit: Hotel Chantelle 92 Ludlow St., 212-254-910, hotelchantelle.com Hotel Chantelle's retractable rooftop makes it a great winter setting for brunch or evening cocktails. In the snow, the enclosed space can be reminiscent of a snow globe-- and who doesn't want to party inside a festive New York snow globe?! For a classy evening, the menu includes small plates like snow crabs with warm butter, deviled eggs with lobster and caviar and oysters with savory sorbet pearls. Brunch is available on weekends only. Gerber Group's The Roof Photo Credit: Viceroy New York Viceroy New York, 124 W. 57th St., 212-707-8008, theroofny.com For a little extra class, head to The Roof and take in the soaring views of Central Park from the 29th floor. The indoor/ outdoor bar features signature drinks like the Rooftop Toddy (Bacardi oakheart spiced rum, hot apple cider, cinnamon and star anise, $18) and small bites like crispy artichokes ($19) and avocado toast ($16). Upstairs at the Kimberly Photo Credit: The Kimberly Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel is a rooftop lounge 30 stories above street level, boasting a view of the Chrysler building. This elegant bar is open year-round and serves creative cocktails, with names like Electrolyte and Vale of Transquility, and small plates prepared with locally sourced ingredients (think truffled mac 'n' cheese, mini lump crab cakes with ginger-mango salsa and beef filet mignon bruschetta). 145 E. 50th St., Manhattan, upstairsnyc.com, 212-888-1220 Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge at Gansevoort Meatpacking Photo Credit: Magda Biernat Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, 18 9th Ave., 212-206-6700, gansevoorthotelgroup.com Take in 360-degree view of the Hudson River and city skyline from the 14th floor of the Gansevoort. The retractable roof means this party continues all year long. Hudson Hotel Photo Credit: FLICKR/ David Werner Hudson Hotel, 356 W. 58th St., 212-554-6000, morganshotelgroup.com/hudson The Hudson boasts many nightlife venues but the most cozy and fun has to be their winter classic Hudson Lodge. Under the tent with sky views you'll find "New York's first urban ski-lodge resort." So if you're wishing you were a little snow bunny, head to the West Side and look for fondue and cocktails. Refinery Rooftop Photo Credit: Refinery Hotel Refinery Hotel, 63 W. 38th St., 646-664-0372, refineryrooftopnyc.com Cinematic views of Manhattan, including the Empire State Building, can be found at this 13th floor hotel bar. The bar also features live music some nights, and food is also available. JIMMY at The James Photo Credit: FACEBOOK/jimmyatthejames The James Hotel, 15 Thompson St., 212-201-9118, jimmysoho.com For magnificent skyline views and tasty cocktails, Jimmy rooftop at the James Hotel is a fantastic cold weather destination. Though the open part of the roof isn't covered, you can grab your drink and sit by the pool and under the city's bright lights with warmth from heat lamps and fireplaces. Inside, you're still 17 stories on top of NYC and can enjoy a seasonal cocktail like the Pumpkin Sazerac, made with Templeton Rye Whiskey, Absinthe, pumpkin butter, Peychaud's Bitters and an orange twist. The Heights Bar & Grill Photo Credit: The Heights 2867 Broadway, 212-866-7035, theheightsnyc.com Popular with students in Morningside Heights, this bi-level rooftop restaurant and bar is covered and heated year round. Visit for $4 happy hour after 11 p.m., featuring their signature frozen margaritas as well as drafts and well drinks. By GEORGIA KRAL and MELISSA KRAVITZ Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Holiday cocktail recipes from NYC bartenders Baita, Italian Alps-inspired ski lodge, pops up atop EatalyYou don't even need to ride a ski lift to appreciate all the winter coziness. It's time for mulled wine! And how to make an $8 bottle of red taste really autumnal and fancy. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.