Published May 23, 2023
NYC's Ultimate Rooftop Guide
25 places in NYC sure to elevate your rooftop game. 🌃
by New York Bucket List
When it comes to finding the perfect spot to grab a drink and take in the view, NYC rooftops are unparalleled. Whether you're a local or a tourist, sipping cocktails atop one of the city's many rooftops is a quintessential New York experience. In case you're in need of some guidance, we've got a roundup of rooftops, each with its own unique vibe and breathtaking views perfect for any occasion, any time, and any mood. Check out Bucket Listers' picks, broken down by neighborhood, below!
St. Cloud Rooftop Bar
St. Cloud is a lux bar on The Knickerbocker Hotel rooftop with a cigar lounge and global tapas. With its three plush corner Sky Pods overlooking Times Square, stylish indoor and outdoor seating options, and lush living walls of greenery, St. Cloud is the ultimate elegant night out.
Where: 6 Times Square, 17th Floor, New York, NY
Perfectly nestled on the 47th floor of Park Lane New York, Darling Rooftop is where you’ll want to go to see and be seen. Come for the sweeping views of Central Park, stay for the curated cocktails and weekend DJ sets.
Where: 36 Central Park S, New York, NY
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 social-distanced group gathering.
Where: 63 W 38th St, New York, NY
Known for its in-house mixologist, Monarch is a rooftop bar for the cocktail connoisseur. Open seven days a week, this is a perfect spot to head to with friends after work or for a weekend hang. And if you’re visiting after 10 pm on Friday or Saturday, be sure to ask about their late-night cocktail menu.
Where: 71 W 35th St, New York, NY
Colorful palettes—in both art form and tacos—welcome you to this hidden treasure in the heart of Midtown. Dripping in hand-painted murals, Vida Verde adds even more color to our lives with not one, not two, but ten different flavors of margs on their menu.
Where: 248 W 55th St, New York, NY
Spyglass Rooftop Bar
Spyglass is simultaneously warmly welcoming with craft cocktails and elegant seating, plus majorly cool with an NYC view of the Empire State Building so close you can almost touch it. Take in all the picture-perfect views, craft cocktails, and shareable bites above the Archer Hotel’s 22nd floor.
Where: 47 W 38th St, New York, NY
Haven is a little slice of Heaven in the Theatre District. Known for alternating its decor by season, this midtown hotspot makes for year-round enjoyment. With braided macramé lining its tented rooftop, Haven welcomes guests with elevated cocktails, regardless of rain or shine.
Where: 132 W 47th St, New York, NY
The Hamptons on an NYC rooftop. Sandbar Rooftop brings soothing coastal vibes to the concrete jungle. Experience a beach escape with lifeguard chairs, hanging lounges, and swings created from reclaimed wine barrels—all while taking in 360-degree views of Manhattan.
Where: 152 W 26th St, New York, NY
Sushi Lab NYC
Taking elevated cuisine quite literally to the next level, is Sushi Lab, an intimate sushi bar stationed atop the Sanctuary Hotel. With Sushi Lab serving up Omakase and creative Japanese fare, you’ll never want to eat sushi at ground level again.
Where: Inside Sanctuary Hotel, 132 W 47th St, New York, NY
Cantina Rooftop is taking summer to new heights in Hell’s Kitchen. You’ll come for the umbrella-ella-ella-eh-eh-eh insta-worthy shot and stay for a few extra rounds of their specialty tequila and mezcal cocktails.
Where: 605 W 48th St, New York, NY
Azul Rooftop at Hotel Hugo
With its Old Havana 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 blood orange cosmos in the year-round Bar Hugo.
Where: 525 Greenwich St, New York, NY
RH Rooftop Restaurant
Restoration Hardware’s sixth-floor rooftop restaurant is in an ivy league of its own with ivy-draped ceilings, cascading lights, and hanging chandeliers. And that's just considering the décor—its decadent menu of American classics is complemented by a robust wine list. Word on the street is the 2016 Château Saint Julian cabernet pairs nicely with spending $2,000 on an RH velvet burnt orange accent chair downstairs.
Where: 9 9th Ave, New York, NY
Lower East Side
An LES staple, this elevated—literally and figuratively—indoor/outdoor space is a crowd-pleaser. While nothing beats a summer Saturday on the terrace by the pool (with a frosé in hand), as the seasons change, you can head inside and take in the exposed-brick walls, reclaimed-wood tables, and free-hanging lights for a cozier winter feel.
Where: 180 Orchard St, 15th floor, New York, NY
This sleek bi-level rooftop lounge bar sits 25 stories above the city atop the Hotel Indigo. Enjoy sweeping views of New York while sipping one-of-a-kind craft cocktails.
Where: 120 Water Street, 25th Fl
The Roof at Public Hotel
Glamour is the name of the game at Public Hotel’s rooftop bar. Boasting panoramic 360-degree views of the city, you’ll feel like you’re suspended in the sky as you sip on handcrafted cocktails. There’s really no bad time to go to a rooftop bar, but we highly recommend going in the early evening to watch the sunset.
Where: 215 Chrystie St, New York, NY
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
Bringing together the Spanish word for cloud (“nube”) and for light (“luz”), Nubeluz was envisioned as a lightbox in the sky. Located on the 50th Floor of the Ritz-Carlton in NoMad, this chic rooftop boasts a stylish interior and modern interpretations of classic cocktails coupled with remarkable 270-degree views of the New York City skyline.
Note: Nubeluz has a dress code—dress in your chicest cocktail attire.
Where: 25 West 28th Street, New York, NY
Bottomless brunch cocktails + stunning views of the Empire State Building = Glass Ceiling. Named for its retractable glass ceiling, this botanical-themed bar is a cozy reprieve from the city. Their menu features a wide array of beer and wine, plus food options for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
Where: 1204 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY
230 Fifth Rooftop
Whether you’re packing away your summer wardrobe and breaking out your puffer coats (or vice versa), this rooftop was crafted with year-round enjoyment in mind. With heated igloo tents and boozy hot chocolate when the temperatures drop and pouch-filled frosé as the humidity rises, we’re ready to rise 20 floors to this rooftop 365 days a year.
Where: 230 5th Ave, New York, NY
Harriet’s Rooftop & Lounge at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
The best thing about leaving Manhattan is 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
We’re ready to paint the town rooftop red at this innovative rooftop vineyard with dinners, yoga, and movie nights! Not only does this spot offer spectacular views of the water and skyline, it's also the world’s first commercially-viable urban rooftop vineyard.
Where: 299 Sands St Building 275, Brooklyn, NY
Westlight NYC offers small plates inspired by global street food alongside a dynamic menu of cocktails, beer, and wine 22 stories above the William Vale Hotel. Sip on craft cocktails while taking in panoramic skyline views of Manhattan.
Where: 111 N 12th St 22nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY
Long Island City
Lost in Paradise Rooftop Lounge
For the best views of the Manhattan skyline...get out of Manhattan. Lost in Paradise is a bar and restaurant just across the East River in Long Island City with exceptional views of downtown Manhattan. Enjoy a delicious meal or kick back with your choice of beer, wine, or cocktail while taking in the glittering city.
Pro-Tip: Swing by for $3 tacos and happy hour specials every Tuesday!
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