NYC’s skyline is iconic. It’s humbling, immense, and inspiring. Add drinks and you’ve got the perfect recipe for date night, entertaining business, and impressing friends from out of town. Every single one of these rooftops has a distinct vibe with spectacular views of the Empire State Building, Times Square, Hudson and East Rivers, Rockefeller Center and more.
Location: 135 W 45th St, New York
Boasting as one of the chosen nightlife spots for locals and tourists looking to intermingle and get a feel of the city’s true character. The bartender’s panache has given a new definition to the art of Mixology for these made to order cocktails. Be ready to spend at least $20 for traditional drinks and more for the custom pours. Sit back and relax as you close the day in this cozy lounge and dining scene with your choice of gourmet plates.
Location: 1535 Broadway, New York
The only rotating restaurant in NYC offering a 360 degree view is still unmatched even among today’s most trendy and urbane rooftops. Enjoy the best seafood served along the eastern seaboard or regional bounties seasoned to perfection. The view and a full three course dinner is under $100 per person or make a reservation for Sunday Brunch for under $60 serving Mimosas. Experience its signature cocktails, martinis, highballs and fruity delights served chilled, shaken or just stirred.
The Penthouse at the Hotel on Rivington
Location: 107 Rivington St, New York
New York Sitting in the middle of the Lower East Side (LES) The Penthouse rooftop bar is trendy with its sleek modern designs. This historic location was one of the largest cultural gathering destinations and today is considered the most popular and hippest place for socializing. The open air rooftop offers the perfect setting for events and celebrations, where crowds are chic and eclectic enjoying the view, music and cocktails for under $20.
Location: 132 W 47th St, New York
Located in the Theater District the energy and flamboyant sounds attract inspired and upcoming artists. Catch the city lights of and savor exquisite French dining on this rooftop surrounded by beautifully manicured greenery and custom built wood designs. Call your name brand of liquor in one of the Haven’s infamous drinks for under $16. Have a glass of wine or popular beer from $8 to $12 per glass or bottle or a pitcher of extraordinary drink mixtures for under $50.
Location: 355 W 16th St, New York
PH-D’s impressive view of Manhattan matches its table minimums for an exceptional selection of drinks. The crowd is into dancing and having a good time on the open dance floor indoors with limited seating, but lots of standing room. The DJs, music, and friends are part of the allure with tasty food selections from $8 to $20 and cocktails under $20. House specials of wine and champagne are available and reservations help to avoid the long lines.
Vu Rooftop Bar
Location: 17 W 32nd St, New York
As one of the best casual local venues in a city the VU is serving up shots, beers and drinks during Happy Hour for $3 or $7. Take your pick between well drinks, great margaritas and martinis from $10 to $15. The open air setting is relaxed with comfortable seating to just enjoy the outdoors with friends or on your own. Pick and choose between bites of veggies or meat and cheese trays for under $20.
Location: 230 5th Ave, New York
The largest outdoor garden rooftop trimmed with misters or heaters during the seasons under an open sky. The bar menu offers something for both the vegetarian and meat lovers. Cocktails are plentiful from martinis to hot cocktails with tasty flavors and liquors for $14. Make a night of it with appetizers under $14, entrees under $20 and simple desserts. For locals and visitors there’s a weekend brunch menu starting at $29 for adults and $15 for children.
Terrace at YOTEL
Location: 570 10th Ave, New York
Sitting above Hell’s Kitchen is a stylish open rooftop terrace attracting NYC lovers and visitors to one of the hottest spots for partying. The Terrace is smooth, simple and sleek much like the customers who gather to celebrate life on the rooftop. There are several seating areas making it perfect for groups or a simple one on one evening. The two bars are serving top of line cocktails or table side with shaker services. Cocktails under $20, 2L growlers and plates can be shared. There’s a Brunch at $35 per person.
Location: 251 W 48th St, New York
Serving an upscale crowd with a dress code, nightlife starts with sweeping views of Manhattan. The music is hip hop and trendy for the evening with reserved tables and cocktails under $20 served to perfection. Bottle selections are available if you prefer pouring your own shots, just don’t expect cheap. Take your pick between small or large bites from $8 to $45 for meat, seafood and local favorites.
Pod 39 Hotel
Location: 230 E 51st St, New York
Hidden behind the building’s brick facade is the open air rooftop and chilled cocktails. Happy Hour cocktails start at $10-$14 and beers from $6 to $8. Best pours in the house are the Margaritas and Mojitos. It’s casual, comfortable and perfect for getting away from the busy streets below. Get here early these rooftop prices are attracting crowds.