The Best New York City Rooftops For Summer

Rooftop season is upon us and finding the best one to go to can be tricky if you are short on time. That's why we've created this list of some of our favorite rooftops in New York City.

August 19, 2023

The Best New York City Rooftops For Summer

May in New York City is the official start to rooftop season. If you’re visiting New York City and thinking about which observation decks to go to and where to eat, rooftop restaurants, bars & lounges are the best way to get a feel of what NYC is like as a local. There are rooftop options for different types of travel styles and adding the right one to your travel plan can become the spark for special memories. We’ve creasted a list of some of our favorite NYC rooftops.

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Ok … on to the list …

Times Square

Bar 54

If you're looking for a rooftop bar with stunning views of Midtown, you absolutely must check out Bar 54. This spot is a real gem, perched on the 54th floor and offering sweeping views of the city that are truly breathtaking. And as if that weren't enough, the cocktail program at Bar 54 is equally impressive. The bartenders here are masters of their craft, whipping up playful and creative cocktails that are just as Instagrammable as they are delicious. Just note that reservations are required in advance.

Beast & Butterflies

Beast & Butterflies is located high above the energetic crowds of Times Square, offering a private oasis and tranquil escape from the city's fast-paced energy. The atmosphere at Beast & Butterflies is vibrant and inspired by the best of the city, with plenty of nods to New York's art, culture, and nightlife. The curated cocktail menu here is inventive and thoughtful, with creative combinations and high-quality ingredients. And if you're feeling hungry, the bites menu offers elevated takes on NY classics.

Dear Irving on Hudson

Aliz Hotel's cocktail parlor bar boasts an impressive menu of inventive cocktails, featuring a mix of classic and modern concoctions. The bartenders here are true masters of their craft, and are happy to recommend a drink based on your tastes or preferences. And if you're feeling peckish, the bites menu is equally impressive, with delicious options that perfectly complement the drinks. The atmosphere is upscale yet comfortable, with sleek decor and plenty of seating options for groups of all sizes. And of course, the views from the rooftop are simply breathtaking, with sweeping vistas of the Midtown skyline.

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Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge

Located atop the Moxy Times Square hotel, Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge is not your typical rooftop bar. With a unique amusement park theme, this rooftop cocktail bar stands out from the crowd. From its mini-golf course to its carnival games and carousel seating area, Magic Hour offers a playful and whimsical atmosphere. But don't let the fun and games fool you - the cocktails and bites here are seriously good. The drink menu is full of inventive and tasty concoctions, and the food menu features elevated takes on classic carnival fare.

St. Cloud Rooftop Bar

This bar is located on the top of the Knickerbocker Hotel, the St. Cloud Rooftop Bar and is a luxurious and picturesque rooftop bar that offers stunning views of Times Square. The bar features a glamorous and sophisticated setting, complete with plush seating and elegant decor. Whether you're looking for a refreshing cocktail or a craft beer, the bar has an extensive menu to choose from, along with a variety of global tapas to satisfy your cravings.

Midtown

230 Fifth Ave Rooftop Bar

This chic bar features a stunning rooftop garden that provides breathtaking views of the New York City skyline. Not only is the atmosphere and view amazing, but the bar also offers live music, adding to the vibrant energy of the space. The bites menu is globally-inspired and offers a range of options that are perfect for brunch or an evening out. The staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, making for a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all.

Somewhere Nowhere

Somewhere Nowhere is a unique two-story indoor lounge and open-air rooftop, located on the 38th and 39th floor of the Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel. The bar is famous for its exciting (and expensive) EDM-festival atmosphere, complete with custom gnome sculptures, neon lights, and a state-of-the-art sound system. While primarily a bottle service destination with tricky entry, reserving a spot before the late-night service starts guarantees entry and provides a more relaxed vibe.

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Fleur Room

Perched atop the Moxy Chelsea hotel, Fleur Room is a sophisticated and chic rooftop bar that offers stunning panoramic views of the city. With its botanical-themed décor, this bar has an inviting atmosphere that makes you feel like you've stepped into a secret garden in the sky. The views from the outdoor terrace are simply breathtaking, and the gourmet nibbles on offer are the perfect complement to the high-end cocktails. The bar hosts multiple themed nights a week too, so be sure to check their website calendar for events.

Hell’s Kitchen

The Press Lounge

The Press Lounge, located on the roof of the Ink48 Hotel in Hell’s Kitchen, is a stunning rooftop bar that offers some of the best views in the city. With 360-degree vistas of the city and the Hudson River, this swanky bar provides a perfect backdrop for sipping cocktails and taking in the sights. The cocktail menu here is carefully crafted, with a focus on unique and inventive drinks made with high-quality ingredients. The bites menu is also impressive, with delicious small plates that are perfect for sharing with friends.

Financial District

Overstory

Overstory is a rooftop bar located on the 64th floor of 70 Pine Street with a focus on luxury cocktails, vibes and views. This retro-chic bar boasts an impressive deck with panoramic views of the city skyline, making it an ideal spot for a romantic date night or a night out with friends. What sets Overstory apart from other bars is its extensive menu of creative cocktails, wine, and snacks, all using fresh ingredients. The experienced bartenders craft each cocktail with precision, incorporating unique flavors and techniques that make each drink a work of art.

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