NYC's Top Rooftop Restaurants: Views, Vibes & Food

Good views and good food are easy to come by in NYC, but finding a combination of the two is where things get tricky. That's where our guide comes in.

June 17, 2024

NYC's Top Rooftop Eats

Good views and good food often don’t go hand-in-hand in any city, let alone one as expensive as New York City—especially in Manhattan. However, there's good news for travelers visiting for special occasions or looking to indulge in great, even Michelin-starred meals with up-close views of the Manhattan skyline. As long as you know where to look, you can discover everything from cool rooftop bars offering bar bites actually worth the price to fine dining experiences featuring seasonal tasting menus on a terrace atop a 67-story skyscraper.

We local experts at Khonsu have put together this guide to the rooftop spots in NYC that you should visit when hunger strikes.

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The Best Rooftops in NYC for Dining and Views

Saga & Overstory - Financial District, Manhattan

Located on the 63rd floor of a beautiful art deco skyscraper, Saga offers stunning views of downtown Manhattan. Chef James Kent's amazing food (he's got 2 Michelin stars!) puts a fancy twist on New York's eclectic food scene. Enjoy the view from inside or head to their new, exclusive outdoor terrace for a delicious summer meal under the stars. To top it off, head upstairs to Overstory, an award-winning bar ranked #17 on The World's 50 Best Bars, for some incredible cocktails. This is the ultimate splurge for an unforgettable and romantic night in the city.

Laser Wolf - Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This Williamsburg rooftop isn't just about the stunning Manhattan views (although those are pretty amazing). They also have a menu overflowing with delicious Middle Eastern dishes and tasty bar bites, so you definitely won't leave hungry. It's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, perfect for a casual get-together with friends or a unique date night.

Electric Lemon - Hudson Yards, Manhattan

Hudson Yards, the hot new neighborhood in Manhattan, isn't just for luxury shopping anymore. Electric Lemon offers delicious food and dazzling cityscapes, perfect for a fancy brunch or an upscale dinner. As the warmer months arrive and the nights get longer, the sleek outdoor terrace transforms with live DJ sets, creating a club-like vibe that's perfect for night owls. It's the ideal spot to grab a delicious meal before hitting the vibrant nightlife scene of nearby Hell's Kitchen.

Manhatta - Financial District, Manhattan

Breathtaking doesn't even begin to describe the views from Manhatta. This Michelin-recommended rooftop restaurant boasts stunning vistas of the downtown skyline, but the real star is Chef Justin Bogle's (formerly of Le Coucou) innovative New American cuisine. Prepare to be impressed by both the food and the scenery.

Magic Hour - Times Square, Manhattan

Calling all brunch enthusiasts! Magic Hour is your Times Square haven for a boozy and unforgettable brunch experience, perfect for catching up with the girls or celebrating a special occasion with your partner. Think bottomless mimosas, delicious dishes, rooftop mini-golf and a picturesque atmosphere that sets the tone for a perfect day out.

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230 Fifth - Midtown, Manhattan

This Midtown rooftop bar is popular among the younger local crowd, so you'll be surrounded by New Yorkers enjoying drinks and conversation after work. It's an excellent way to experience the city's vibrant energy. Grab some delicious bar bites and soak in the iconic view of the Empire State Building. It's a lively atmosphere, so not ideal for quiet conversations, but fantastic for meeting new people. Bonus: 230 Fifth is known for its cozy rooftop igloos during the winter months, making it a year-round hangout spot!

Gallow Green - Chelsea, Manhattan

Escape the city bustle at Gallow Green, a secret garden oasis perched atop a hotel. This rooftop boasts a gorgeous setting and delicious food, especially during summer brunches. The open-air terrace and extensive breakfast menu create a vibrant atmosphere perfect for social gatherings. But don't worry, they're open year-round for those seeking a unique escape any time of year.

Westlight - Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Take in breathtaking, zoomed-out views of eastern Midtown Manhattan from Westlight. See the iconic Empire State and Chrysler Buildings in all their glory while indulging in upscale bar bites and handcrafted cocktails. This rooftop offers the best of both worlds: a comfortable indoor bar with panoramic windows for year-round enjoyment, and a spacious outdoor patio for soaking up the summer sun. Bonus: binoculars are provided for some extra sightseeing fun!

Panorama Room - Governor’s Island, Manhattan

Embrace a hidden gem at Panorama Room, a craft cocktail bar on the off-the-beaten-path Governor's Island. Take a scenic ferry or tram ride from Manhattan, Queens, or Brooklyn to reach this cool spot with an island vibe. While primarily known for its impressive craft cocktail menu, Panorama Room also offers a fabulous brunch that's even family-friendly!  Seafood lovers shouldn't miss their upscale rooftop raw bar experience, featuring a seasonal menu.  There's a dress code, but don't worry, it's relaxed and easy to follow.

Harriet's Brooklyn Bridge - DUMBO, Brooklyn

Savor stunning views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, the East River, and the downtown skyline from Harriet's Rooftop & Lounge. This DUMBO gem offers elevated cocktails, bar bites, and casual fare like sushi rolls and burgers. The outdoor terrace feels like a chic, open-air patio perfect for enjoying the summer weather. Luckily, Harriet's also boasts a cozy indoor lounge, ensuring year-round enjoyment no matter the season.

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