10 Best Rooftop Bars and Restaurants in New York City
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In the city that never sleeps, there is no better way to enjoy the warm weather, than to visit an outdoor area with city views, where you can relax and sip on your favorite drink while taking in the stunning panoramic views of New York City's skyline and the surrounding area. New York City's stunning rooftop bars let you do just that! Here are our top picks for the best rooftop bars and restaurants in New York City.



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    1. Westlight







    PHOTO COURTESY OF WESTLIGHT

    Atop The William Vale in Williamsburg, Westlight is a 22nd-floor rooftop bar operated by Chef Andrew Carmellini's NoHo Hospitality Group, which offers sweeping views of New York City and the surrounding area.

    In contrast to the restaurant's small plates menu, which draws inspiration from global street food, the bar menu features a diverse selection of original and classic cocktails, as well as rare spirits and craft beers and wines.

    You may want to make reservations ahead of time due to their popularity. Given the Covid-19 pandemic, they maintain proper safety instructions and require all guests over the age of 12 to show proof that they are fully vaccinated in order to dine both indoors and outdoors.


    Website: Westlight | Rooftop Cocktail Bar atop The William Vale in Williamsburg, NY

    Address: 111 N 12th St 22nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States


    Ratings:

    Google: 4.4/5

    OpenTable: 4.6/5

    TripAdvisor: 4.5/5

    Facebook: 5/5

    Yelp: 3.5/5

    The Rooftop Guide: 3.2/5


    2. 230-Fifth Rooftop Bar








    PHOTO COURTESY OF 230 FIFTH ROOFTOP BAR

    230 Fifth Avenue Rooftop Bar is one of the largest and most well-known rooftop bars in New York City. It takes its name from its address at 230 Fifth Avenue. The terrace offers breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, particularly the Empire State Building. 

    The rooftop bar serves a diverse menu of both food and drinks. The bar serves classic and specialty cocktails, as well as beer and wine on tap/glass and in bottles. In addition to the menu items, bar bites, full dinner entrees such as burgers, salmon, fish & chips, and a wide variety of sushi are available. 

    The rooftop bar at 230 Fifth in New York City has an open-air terrace that is covered by umbrellas on rainy days and heated by heaters on chilly nights all year. The enchanting igloos that are heated and transparent in the winter, providing the same views as outside, as well as the opportunity to enjoy hot beverages and a truly memorable winter rooftop experience, attracts visitors from all over.  

    For those who want to unwind and take in the sights of New York City during the day, try this rooftop bar, which serves light and refreshing drinks. For those who enjoy the nightlife of the city, visit the bar at night and enjoy the warm and lively party atmosphere.


    WebsiteRooftop Bar NYC - New York's largest indoor and outdoor bar

    Address: 230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001, United States


    Ratings:

    Google: 4.3/5

    The Rooftop Guide: 3.6/5

    TripAdvisor: 4.0/5

    Facebook: 4.6/5

    Yelp: 3/5


    3. Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar




    PHOTO COURTESY OF LOOPY DOOPY ROOFTOP BAR

    Imagine sipping on a glass of wine, surrounded by views of the Hudson River and New York and New Jersey’s skyline, as your alcohol-infused popsicle melts in your drink and cools you down in the scorching heat of the summer. 

    Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar offers its customers views of New York Harbor and Lady Liberty from the rooftop located on the 16th floor of Conrad New York Downtown. Loopy Doopy's signature Poptail drink includes a Mom & Icepops Boozy pop in flavors like Raspberry Moscow Mule and Lemon-Jasmin Gin, served in a choice of Mot & Chandon Ice Imperial, prosecco, or rosecco on tap. There are also additional cocktails, spirits, wines, and beers available. The bar has a cozy ambiance to it, and you can either relax on the modern cozy couches there or simply hang out at the bar.

    With a fresh, seasonal menu, developed by the hotel's Executive Chef, Khaled Tabet, the bar offers a great option for visitors. Customers have the option of ordering gourmet kettle corn popcorn, hummus and sumac pita chips, rotisserie chicken salad sliders, a four citrus fluke ceviche, and other culinary delights.


    Website: Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

    Address: 102 North End Ave, New York, NY 10282, United States


    Ratings:

    Google: 4.0/5

    OpenTable: 4.2/5

    TripAdvisor: 4.0/5

    Yelp: 3.5/5

    The Rooftop Guide: 4.5/5


    4. The Ready





    PHOTO COURTESY OF THE READY

    The multicolored décor, which includes strings of lights, a vine-strewn mural, and a bar made of plastic milk crates, creates a secluded rooftop feel—exactly like a coveted New York City backyard. The lush rooftop bar, inspired by a casual backyard garden in the East Village, ushers in a new era, embracing the culture and vitality that surrounds the neighborhood. 

    The lounge and seats at The Ready are eclectic and casual, evoking the feel of a beer garden, with a mix of different colors and styles to complement the theme. To provide all-season panoramic views of the East Village and beyond, the retractable glass walls and roof allow for panoramic views all year round.

    The beverage options are displayed in cans and coolers, just as they would be at any great outdoor gathering. Tableside coolers mix and match local favorites like Bronx Brewery and City Light Lager, as well as canned wine and sparkling selections, while classic fresh and frozen cocktails create a more robust atmosphere. Classic bar snacks are also available, which pair well with a wide variety of brews and beverages. Keep in mind that reservations for this bar are required in advance. 


    Website: Official Site of The Ready Rooftop Bar by Tao Group Hospitality

    Address: 112 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003, United States


    Ratings:

    Google: 4.3/5

    OpenTable: 4.4/5

    The Rooftop Guide: 5/5

    Yelp: 3.5/5


    5. Gallow Green





    PHOTO CREDIT: McKittrick Hotel GALLOW GREEN

    The Gallow Green rooftop bar is located atop the McKittrick Hotel in New York City. The roof terrace is lush and inviting, with plenty of plants and wooden benches and tables.  In the midst of all the foliage, a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline may be obtained. 

    This rooftop bar, which has a cheerful, dynamic, and bright atmosphere, offers both dinner and cocktail service in a stylish setting. There are numerous standing tables along the perimeter of the terrace, as well as a mixture of dining tables and picnic benches.

    Swordfish and steak skewers are among the various options on the menu, which also include pizza and salads. Specialty drinks are available in addition to draft beers and a variety of wines.


    WebsiteMcKittrick Hotel GALLOW GREEN

    Address: 542 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001, United States


    Ratings

    Google: 4.4/5

    The Rooftop Guide: 5/5

    Facebook:5/5

    Yelp: 3.5/5


    6. The Sky Room




    PHOTO CREDIT: NYC Skyline Lounge & Rooftop Bar | Sky Room NYC Nightlife

    On the 33rd and 34th floors of the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Times Square, is one of New York's highest sky lounges. You'll have a nice view of both New York City's Empire State Building and the Hudson River from up here. You can relax and sip on your drink and appreciate the beautiful view early in the evening, while later in the night, you will find a joyous party environment with DJs, cocktails, and views. The rooftop bar provides customers with top-quality drinks that have been specially formulated and tested by a number of mixologists, with a wide range of beverages including spirits and champagne on the bottle, along with a few snacks on the menu.


    WebsiteNYC Skyline Lounge & Rooftop Bar | Sky Room NYC Nightlife

    Address: 330 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018, United States


    Ratings: 

    Google: 3.8/5

    The Rooftop Guide: 3.4/5

    Yelp: 2.5/5

    OpenTable: 3.5/5


    7. Electric Lemon






    PHOTO CREDIT: @electriclemonnyc

    Electric Lemon, located on top of the five-star Equinox Hotel in Hudson Yards, is certainly a one-of-a-kind venue in New York.

    An 8,000 square foot rooftop garden, equipped with a huge Jaume Plensa sculpture, serves as both a New American rooftop restaurant and a sophisticated rooftop bar. The rooftop terrace, which is placed in a beautiful setting, is almost as breathtaking as the views of the Hudson River and the city skyline. 

    A large selection of delicious food and beverages is available at Electric Lemon. It's the perfect place for casual eats, appetizers, entrees, and brunch on the weekends, and offers a vast selection of wine, champagne, and unique cocktails. 

    The Electric Lemon really makes the cut, because it provides an exquisite and refined environment in New York's newest and trendiest neighborhood, I deal for any special occasion. 

    This dining room, along with the outdoor fireplaces, is open year-round. Even though seats at the bar are frequently available, reservations are highly encouraged to guarantee a table.


    Website: Electric Lemon - Equinox Hotel

    Address: 33 Hudson Yards 24th Floor, New York, NY 10001, United States


    Ratings:

    Google: 5/5

    The Rooftop Guide: 5/5

    TripAdvisor: 4.5/5

    Facebook: 5/5

    Yelp: 4/5


    8. Mr. Purple NYC 



    PHOTO CREDIT: @mrpurplenyc

    At Mr. Purple, a rooftop bar and restaurant on the gorgeous Hotel Indigo Lower East Side in NYC, diners will get beautiful views of the city. This rooftop pool offers one of the greatest views of the Manhattan skyline, with a good variety of drinks and snacks. Classic cocktails with a twist, specialty cocktails, craft cocktails carbonated and bottled in-house, changing seasonal beer on tap, all types of wine, American meals, and a fantastic brunch menu are all available. With pleasant music, a great environment- a mix of comfortable and lively, makes this great NYC rooftop bar an excellent place to grab a drink.


    Website: Mr. Purple - Rooftop Lounge - New York, NY

    Address: 180 Orchard St 15th floor, New York, NY 10002, United States


    Ratings:

    Google: 4.2/5

    The Rooftop Guide: 3.1/5

    TripAdvisor: 4/5

    Facebook: 4.5/5

    Yelp: 3/5


    9. Le Bain & The Rooftop


    PHOTO CREDIT: @lebainnyc

    The Standard High Line in downtown New York houses Le Bain & The Rooftop in the Meatpacking District.   

    Irrespective of your visiting purpose, Standard Rooftop Bar NYC features a fantastic view of the city and its surroundings. Whether you want to relax, or party, it is a wonderful spot for both. 

    Le Bain is frequently recognized as one of the best New York City rooftop bars and sky lounges. Plan a weekend visit in the early afternoon to unwind in the sun, or plan a visit here in the evening to socialize with other visitors and enjoy a vibrant scene with live DJs.  The interior design has a simplistic outdoors feel with artificial turf, while the exteriors are more sophisticated and artistic. Black-tiled walls, black leather seats, and a disco ball hanging from the ceiling adorn the environment. The swimming pool features a wending machine on the roof where you may purchase swimsuits if you've forgotten yours. 

    The Rooftop NYC is frequently frequented by younger people. When making reservations, aim to arrive early or avoid making them at all. Even so, expect to wait for a little while before being admitted.


    Website: Le Bain

    Address: The Standard, High Line, 848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014, United States


    Ratings:

    Google: 3.6/5

    The Rooftop Guide: 3.6/5

    TripAdvisor: 3.5/5

    Yelp: 3/5


    10. Savanna Rooftop 




    PHOTO CREDIT: Savanna Rooftop's Facebook Page

    Savanna Rooftop, located on the 12th floor of Long Island City, is a year-round rooftop sanctuary with stunning 360° views of the Manhattan cityscape and Long Island. The lush patio, inspired by African savannas, is excellent for any sweltering New York summer night, but thanks to heated and sheltered 'Sky Suites,' it also works great in winter. A menu featuring everything from fun signature cocktails to craft beers and wine, a range of international small meals, and a fantastic weekend rooftop brunch is available here.


    WebsiteSavanna Rooftop - Bar & Lounge with 180-degree views of Manhattan

    Address: 11-01 43rd Ave 12th Floor, Queens, NY 11101, United States


    Ratings:

    Google: 3.9/5

    The Rooftop Guide: 5/5

    TripAdvisor: 2.5/5

    Yelp: 3.5/5

    Facebook: 4.6/5



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