Sky High Spirits: NYC Rooftop Bars

The Crown NYC Rooftop Bars Bar
The Crown, one of the summer's swanky NYC Rooftop Bars
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Nevermind the beaches, summer in the City can be fabulous at one of these NYC rooftop bars!

Enjoy a cocktail with breathtaking views and elegant cuisine. Escape the heat and savor rooftop refinery. Bask in the glorious breeze on a penthouse terrace. Here are some of the summer’s swankiest NYC Rooftop Bars:

Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room 

30 Rockefeller Plaza

SixtyFive offers cocktails and small bites with spectacular views of the Empire State Building and Central Park from the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center. Located adjacent to the Rainbow Room, this is a more casual venue than the iconic restaurant which debuted in 1934.

Bookmarks Rooftop Lounge at The Library Hotel

299 Madison Avenue

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The New York Public Library and Grand Central Station are on display from the open terrace at this gorgeous bar on the 14th floor of The Library Hotel. The ambiance evokes a private penthouse and literary- themed cocktails are offered on the menu. Even when the weather is chilly, you can still enjoy this after – work drink scene from inside its enclosed rooftop greenhouse.

Cantina Rooftop

605 W. 48th Street

From high above Hell’s Kitchen overlooking the Hudson River on the rooftop of Stage 48, enjoy cocktails, dancing and modern Mexican cuisine at Cantina Rooftop. Executive Chef Saul Montiel‘s menu reflects both the old and new worlds of Mexican cuisine, where he took classic recipes and made them fun and delicious for NYC diners and partiers alike. The indoor/outdoor terrace with a retractable glass roof will keep you warm on chilly nights.

The Crown

50 Bowery

This bar debuted on the 21st floor of the new Hotel 50 Bowery in Chinatown, showcasing views of the Empire State Building to the Freedom Tower, with one large deck facing south, the other north. Cocktails and small bites are served from an inside lounge bridging the decks. Drinks showcase exotic produce, like dragon fruit, papaya and lychee, along with beer, wine, sake, soju and non-alcohol mocktails. The Crown is run by Three Kings Restaurant Group, which also is behind rooftop bar The Heights.

The Delancey

168 Delancey Street

This canopied all-weather rooftop patio is a tropical hideaway in downtown Manhattan with boardwalk-style wood floors, lush palm fronds, greenery and cozy beach lounges.

Gallow Green

542 West 27th Street

This cocktail bar is inside a secret garden in Chelsea atop of the McKittrick Hotel, itself, a rare jewel. Opened in 1939 as Manhattan’s most elite hotel (the favorite of Alfred Hitchcock), but closed within a year, at the outbreak of World War II, the untouched lobby and new restaurant spaces have now been re-opened. Go to the rooftop for lush greenery and romantic lighting; truly an experience.

NYC rooftop bars

Haven Rooftop

142 W. 47th Street

On top of the Sanctuary Hotel, cabanas and views combine with cocktails and French-influenced bites at this heated, enclosed rooftop spot. Haven is year-round fun for those who seek festive cocktails and fine fare in a rustic-yet-elegant atmosphere with exposed wood and hanging fabrics.

The Heights

11 East 31st Street

Chef Dale Talde and the Three Kings Group’s latest addition to the Arlo NoMad Hotel has excellent Empire State Building views and summer style drinks like boozy slushies. A must-have are the Detroit-style pizzas from the downstairs restaurant, Massoni.  

Hotel Chantelle

92 Ludlow Street

A fabulous French bar on Lower East Side featuring a retractable roof, so you can relax in its European garden-themed rooftop lounge year-round. The old-fashioned standing street lamps, park benches and greenery create a Parisian-bistro vibe with amazing specialty cocktails.

Jane Hotel West Village

113 Jane Street

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.

JIMMY at The James

15 Thompson Street

This luxury rooftop bar is 18 stories up, on top of The James Hotel. Take a dip in the plunge pool or head to the bar’s “conversation pit” — a lounge area with plush seating and beautiful steel Arco lamps. The pool is open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Lodge at Gallow Green

542 W. 27th Street

The Lodge at Gallow Green is a new cabin-style space located on the roof of the McKittrick Hotel, with views of the High Line, Hudson River and Manhattan. A very incongruous feel, a hunting lodge on a rooftop with city views, can be very fun.

Lovage Rooftop & Indoor Lounge

350 W. 40th Street

Lovage is a 4,000 square-foot, light-filled space with sprawling 17 foot floor – to ceiling windows that allows for the perfect 360 degree view of the City. Enjoy immaculate sights of the Empire State Building and the Hudson River.

mad46 Rooftop Lounge NYC Rooftop Bars
mad46 Rooftop Lounge


45 E 45th St. at Madison Avenue

The rooftop bar above the city’s classic Roosevelt Hotel is a delight. A favorite summer spot to escape the bustle of Midtown, with views over the city’s rooftops. 


Monarch Rooftop Lounge

71 W. 35th Street

Monarch’s Scandinavian-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.

Pod 39 Rooftop Lounge & Bar

145 East 39th Street

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.

The Roof 

120 W. 57th Street

Located atop the Viceroy Hotel in Midtown on the 29th floor, this lounge has views of Central Park and lots of comfortable seating. This indoor-outdoor hotspot is open year-round. 

The Roof at Park South

125 E. 27th Street

With menus created by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Tim Cushman, this elegant rooftop offers fabulous dining with unobstructed views of the New York City skyline.

Sabbia at La Birreria

200 Fifth Avenue 

Eataly’s rooftop beer garden, Birreria, has been converted to Sabbia, a 14th-floor beach lounge with Italian charm. Decorated like a beachhead resort, enjoy the bar or relax in lounge chairs and beach cabanas, with views of the Flatiron Building from one angle and the Empire State Building from another. 

The Skylark

200 W. 39th Street

Designed by Meyer Davis Studio, The Skylark is 30 stories above Times Square, with all of the city’s bright lights laid out for you to view and enjoy.

Social Drink & Food

570 10th Avenue

The enclosed portion of this YOTEL rooftop spot is open year-round, and the outdoor terrace opens up when the weather is good. Go in the mornings for breakfast and experience a creative menu of globally inspired street food in the day and evening.

The Top of The Standard

848 Washington Street

Atop The Standard Hotel, the Meatpacking District fixture known for its floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views from a building that straddles the High Line is the opulent penthouse lounge that becomes club after 10 PM. Great for sunset drinks and also perfect for afternoon tea.

Faith Hope Consolo
Faith Hope Consolo

Savor these NYC rooftop bars roundup and watch for my next edition of Faithful FoodHappy Dining!

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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

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