Cheers To Feeling On Top Of The World

NYC rooftop bars

There is nothing nicer than an evening cocktail with a supreme skyline view!

More and more mingling is being done al fresco and with your head in the clouds. Raise your glass and savor this roundup of rooftop bars in our great City of New York.

New for You High Atop Hotels:

Arlo Roof Top (A.R.T.) Soho

231 Hudson Street

New York, NY 10013

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(212) 342-7000

Featuring all new lounge furniture, this totally revamped rooftop, offers a culinary experience by Harold Moore of Harold’s Meat + Three with his new American menu. With scenic views and comfy lounge seating, plus a new cocktail list with a line of summer drinks, this picturesque spot provides a unique experience.

The Broken Shaker New York

23 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY 10010

(212) 475-1920

This popular Miami cocktail bar recently debuted in the City and it does not disappoint. The anticipated spot created by Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi, offers a Caribbean and Middle Eastern menu and specialty drinks tailored for New York with both indoor and outdoor space.

Ophelia at the Beekman


3 Mitchel Place

(49th & 1st Avenue) 26th Floor

New York, NY 10017


The all-season rooftop lounge located at the top of the Beekman Tower, honors the original building’s beauty and character. The 26th floor rooftop is made up of three distinct areas: The Grand Terrace, The Outer Terrace and A Private Dining Room offering delicious gourmet bites paired with cocktails by mixologist Amir Babayoff.


Where to Be Seen on the Scene:

Mr. Purple

180 Orchard Street 15th Floor

New York, NY 10002

(212) 237-1790

Located on the 15th floor of Hotel Indigo Lower East Side, this rooftop bar and restaurant captures the signature Lower East Side artsy and vibrant vibe. The grandiose interior space has a modern design with contemporary wooden furniture and neon lights; the two terraces offer amazing 360 degree views of New York City. The menu is stacked with locally sourced staples from Melt Bakery, Russ & Daughters, il laboratorio del gelato and Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. 

The Crown

50 Bowery

New York, NY 10013

(646) 630-8057

Rising 21 floors above Chinatown, The Crown rooftop bar and lounge tops the Hotel 50 Bowery. The 360-degree views stretch from the gleaming towers of Midtown to the Brooklyn Bridge, the Freedom Tower to Williamsburg. The Asian-influenced cocktails and small bites are inspired by the neighborhood.

Magic Hour

Moxy Times Square

485 Seventh Ave

Between 36th St. & 37th St.

(212) 268-0188

This indoor/outdoor hotel rooftop bar and lounge features an R-rated “amusement park” with a rotating antique carousel for seating, a topiary garden, and a miniature putt-putt course featuring life-size animals in naughty poses. The menu offers small plates based on classic state fair foods such as lobster rolls, baby back ribs and ice cream sandwiches.

Le Bain

444 West 13th Street

New York, NY 10014

(212) 645-7600

This penthouse rooftop lounge/disco on top of The Standard, High Line in the Meatpacking District has a rotating list of world-famous DJs, unbelievable views of NYC, a plunge pool and a “grass”-covered rooftop. 

Top of the Strand

33 West 37th Street

New York, New York 10018

(646) 368-6426

Featuring a retractable glass roof, this sky-high oasis delivers a bird’s eye view of the Empire State Building from the 21st floor of The Strand Hotel. The menu has something for every palate, from fine wines and delicious cocktails to tuna tartare and lobster rolls.

The Heights

11 East 31st Street

New York, NY 10016

(212) 951-1141

The Heights is a rooftop bar, located at the top of Arlo NoMad Hotel, from the Three Kings Restaurant Group. With expansive views of the city, including the best view in Manhattan of the Empire State Building, and of course, mouthwatering cocktails too.

The Empire Hotel Rooftop

44 West 63rd Street

New York, NY 10023

(212) 265-7400

The Empire Rooftop offers a luxurious interior and exterior space. Complete with East and West Terraces, the lounge has two bars, a working fireplace, and a retractable roof providing views over Lincoln Center and Central Park.

Monarch Rooftop & Indoor Lounge

 71 W 35th Street

18th Floor

New York, NY 10001

(212) 630-9993

This Scandanavian-chic bar is a glamorous nightspot that features picturesque views of the Empire State Building. The indoor/outdoor lounge radiates a seductive vibe with plush velvet surrounding the venue. The space is on the 18th-floor penthouse of the Marriott Courtyard Herald Square, looking over Macy’s.

Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

102 North End Avenue

New York, New York, 10282

(212) 945-0100

Situated on top of The Conrad New York Hotel, this rooftop bar not only provides an amazing view of the New York Harbor and The Statue of Liberty, but also creates an amazing happy-hour experience. Their signature drink “Prosecco and Icepop,” an alcohol-infused ice pop right in your glass of Prosecco, is hard to pass up. The sophisticated atmosphere along with the stylish decor makes Loopy Doopy the perfect spot to meet up with some friends after work.

Pod 39 Rooftop

145 E 39th St

New York, New York 10016

(212) 865-5700

On top of the Pod Hotel, the Latin American ambiance and cocktails take you to another place and time while you take in the spectacular New York scenery of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.

Rooftop Bar at the Jane

113 Jane Street

New York, NY 10014

(212) 924-6700

This rooftop bar is located atop the Jane Hotel, and it offers great views of the Hudson River, cold drinks and a leisurely and fun atmosphere that is like stepping back in time with its faux-watermarked walls and elegant oak bar. A great spot after visiting the new Whitney Museum a block up. 

As the warmer months are upon us, reserve your spot at these summer-worthy rooftop bars for an elevated view and an assortment of signature cocktails. Cheers!

Faith Hope Consolo
Faith Hope Consolo, Chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group, writes the "Faithful Food" column for Total Food Service. Ms. Consolo is a leading retail broker and advisor who covers the national market. She is a specialist ranging from fine restaurants to fashionable fast foods. "To find the best retail space, You Need Faith." Email her at