The Year-Round NYC Rooftop Guide

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Twenty places sure to *elevate* your rooftop game. πŸ™


NYC summers may be dominated by 9PM rooftop sunsets and aperol spritzes, but who says the fun has to stop when the temperatures drop? When we inevitably replace our frosé with mulled wine and the sun (or lack thereof) begins to set earlier and earlier, one thing that doesn’t have to change is our rooftop game. We’re here to declare rooftop season 365 days a year (sometimes 366). You’re welcome.  

 
 
 
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The Roof at PUBLIC Hotel

This newly renovated hot spot offers unobstructed views of Manhattan. Its floor-to-ceiling windows and energetic bar inside combined with its large lounge-worthy outdoor terrace make it an ideal spot for group hang outs.

Where: 215 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002
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Azul Rooftop & Bar Hugo at Hotel Hugo

“Alexa, play Havana by Camila Cabello on repeat until I tell you to stop.” With its Old Havana-oh-na-na vibes, Hotel Hugo adds some color and warmth to even the cloudiest of days. While their sangria pairs perfectly with summer nights on the seasonal Azul Rooftop, head indoors when the temperatures drop to enjoy a blood orange cosmo in the year-round Bar Hugo. 

Where: 525 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
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cloudM at citizenM Hotel

No one does golden hour better than the sun-filled cloudM bar. With floor to ceiling windows and 360-degree views of the cityscape, their unexpected cocktails are the perfect finishing touch.

Where: 189 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
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Lemon’s at Wythe Hotel

Formerly known as The Ides, the sunny renovated rooftop lounge sitting atop the Wythe allows you to be transported to the Mediterranean 365 days a year.

Where: 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
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Jimmy at the James

While known for being one of the few rooftop bars with a pool open to the general public (after 3PM), few may consider Jimmy at the James a perfect spot for colder months as well. Though the pool closes up shop at the end of September, the velvet couches and candlelit tables inside make for a great way to sip in the Manhattan views.

Where: 15 Thompson St, New York, NY 10013
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The Fleur Room

35 floors high in the new Moxy Chelsea, The Fleur Room offers full views of the NYC skyline. Sink into a deep leather couch or rich velvet stool for opulent lounging. Plus, any place with a disco ball automatically gets placed as a bucket list priority for us.

Where: 105 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001
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Good Behavior at MADE Hotel

Step into a greenhouse rooftop on the 18th floor of the MADE Hotel. With Tiki-inspired cocktails, an expanse of floor and hanging plants, and wooden ceilings, the only thing reminding you that you’re in New York City are the stunning views.

Where: 44 W 29th St, New York, NY, 10001
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Haven Rooftop

Perfect date night? Dinner Rooftop and a show. Located in the Theatre District, this hot spot alternates its decor per season, making for year-round enjoyment.

Where: 132 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036 
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The Lodge at STK Meatpacking

Après all day at this Aspen-inspired pop-up. Kick up your snow boots on one of their fuzzy ottomans and lean back in their fur-adorned couches for complete winter unwinding. 

Where: 26 Little W 12th St, New York, NY 10014
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Mr. Purple

An LES staple, this elevated – literally and figuratively – indoor/outdoor space is a crowd pleaser. While nothing beats a Summer Saturday on the terrace, frosé in hand, as the seasons change, head inside and take in their exposed-brick walls, reclaimed-wood tables and free-hanging lights for a cozier winter feel. Last year, Mr. Purple even transformed their outdoor terrace into a "Clicquot Chalet" fit with champagne and heated igloos.

Where: 180 Orchard St 15th floor, New York, NY 10002 
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Ophelia

With new takes on old classics, this über chic rooftop speakeasy atop Beekman Tower is a masterclass in opulence and class. For the holidays, the bar turns into a winter wonderland with twinkling icicles hanging effortlessly from the sky-high ceilings.

Where: 3 Mitchell Pl 26th floor, New York, NY 10017 
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Refinery Rooftop

With wide views of the Empire State Building and Midtown skyline, Refinery Rooftop is a year-round favorite. Pro tip: The 3,500 square foot indoor/outdoor space makes for a perfect group gathering.

Where: 63 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018 
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Bar SixtyFive at The Rainbow Room

Sitting above 65 floors of Rockefeller Center, Bar SixtyFive offers quite possibly the best view of the Empire State Building. Per my last statement, reservations are encouraged. 

Where: 30 Rockefeller Plaza 65th Floor, New York, NY 10112 
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Monarch Rooftop & Lounge

This print-filled patio in Midtown offers a casual indoor/outdoor lounge atmosphere. The patio is both covered and heated during the colder months, offering a chic and cozy space to enjoy some cocktails.

Where: 71 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001
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The Lodge at Gallow Green

As the temperature drops, the rooftop of the McKittrick Hotel is transformed into a cozy chalet, designed and decorated to remind you of an alpine retreat. 

Where: 542 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001 
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The Water Tower

The ultra-trendy sky-high bar atop the Williamsburg Hotel is a rooftop lover’s dream. With views of Williamsburg, the East River, Manhattan and the hotel’s outdoor pool, you’ll be happy to sink into one of their colorful velvet chaises and enjoy your $25 cocktail indoors.

Where: 96 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
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Dear Irving on Hudson

Taking up the 40th and 41st floors of the Aliz Hotel in Times Square, this 1960s-esque bar – opened by the team behind Dear Irving and Raines Law Room – will immediately transport you to an episode of Mad Men (season 4 though – not 6, don’t worry).

Where: 310 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018
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Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

The best thing about leaving Manhattan are the views you get of Manhattan. This holds true at Harriet’s Rooftop in Brooklyn. With an insta-worthy view including the Statue of Liberty, lower Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge and Midtown skyscrapers, all that’s missing is a charcuterie board and classic cocktail – oh wait, they have those too.

Where: 60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Magic Hour at the Moxy Hotel

Step into a magical urban amusement park atop the Moxy Hotel in Times Square. With 5 spaces varying in vibe and activities, you’ll almost forget you’re in NYC – until you glimpse that epic view of the Empire State Building.

Where: 485 7th Ave 18th floor, New York, NY 10018
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230 Fifth Rooftop

Last but clearly not least – your reward for making it through this list – is the 230 Fifth Rooftop. As you pack away your summer wardrobe and break out your puffer coats, this rooftop sets up 17 heated igloo tents to get you in the holiday spirit. And now I’ll leave you with everyone’s three favorite words: I love you boozy hot chocolate.

Where: 230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001
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