Dine and Drink on NYC’s Top Ten Rocking Rooftops

Written By Shwetha Ravishankar | June 06, 2013
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Painting by Nadeem Farooq

It’s summertime in NYC, the city’s restaurants have put out their tables and spread out their linen for New Yorkers to soak up the summer sun and enjoy a scrumptious meal. While this is a regular sight on the city sidewalks, there is more to outdoor dining than the eye can see. Perched high up on high-rises of New York, offering uninterrupted views of the city skyline, are some of the Gotham City’s best bars and restaurants. Here is a look at which ones make the cut into the top ten.


1. Berry Park, Williamsburg

Berry Park

Located in the hip and happening neighborhood of Williamsburg, is the newest beer bar on the block - Berry Park. This bi-level party hub has 15 taps of German and Belgian drafts, a 13-foot wide screen for soccer fans, a delectable food menu, and of course no rooftop bar is complete without great views, here you can gulp your beer and gaze at the gorgeous views of Manhattan and McCarren Park.

2. The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, The Met

The Met rooftop

After a taste of art and history at The Met, how about sipping on a cocktail, and soaking in the sunny views of Manhattan’s sleek silhouette, and green views of Central Park? Yes, you can do just that. Above the stacked floors, packed with art and history is the Cantor Roof Garden and Martini Bar - dive-in on their signature drinks, grab a bite, and have fun in the sun. But don’t forget you are at the Met, so art is never too far away. The rooftop garden features one artist installation each spring-summer, like artist Tomás Saraceno’s, Cloud City display, which only adds to the decor of the garden.

3. Gallow Green, Chelsea

Photo Courtesy Jessica Leibowitz

Gallow Green is anything but your regular neighborhood rooftop bar with views of the city. Be prepared to be awed. This rooftop space above the McKittrick Hotel on West 27th Street, in Chelsea, brings in its unique decor and flavor as it is the staging ground of the very popular performance, based on MacBeth - punchdrunk's “Sleep no more”. The flavor of the performance almost bleeds into the ambiance of Gallow Green, where performers interact with the audience and truly inject a sense of “waiting for the lady” (Lady MacBeth), which is the centerpiece of the show itself. Gorgeous decor, complete with an old-rail-car (part of the shows decor), serves up cocktails with a zing, and their menu is weather dependent going from icy drinks to Irish Coffees, hot buttered rum, and spiced cider to get guests toasty in the winter chill.

4. Pine Bar and Grill, Bronx

This beach themed Bronx rooftop bar is complete with huge fluffy pillows, palm trees, a marble bar counter, seating under the sun with sinful seafood, steaks and pasta to savor - is designed to bring a little bit South Miami and a slice of Manhattan to the Bronx area. Serving up everything from martini’s to margarita’s, Pine Bar and Grill is the perfect lounge atmosphere, away from the bustling boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

5. Rooftop Lounge at the Library Hotel, Midtown

In the heart of the busy Midtown weekday hustle-bustle, the rooftop lounge at the Library Hotel,  is the perfect place to cool off and distress. This intimate rooftop bar complete with a fireplace, comfy sofas, and classy club chairs; has both an outdoor terrace as well as an enclosed greenhouse (for the chilly winter days). Get tipsy on the tongue-tickling cocktails like Gin and Giant Peach, as you soak in the views of soaring skyscrapers and dig into the libraries book collection.

6. Ava Lounge, Midtown West

Perched high above the Dream Hotel in Midtown West is the penthouse Ava Lounge. With views stretching from the busy Times Square to the picturesque Hudson River, the bright lights along Broadway and beyond, keeps the night interesting. If the views don’t give you a dizzy then dive-in on their signature cocktails, while you lounge in the contemporary elegance of this Midtown hub.

7. Upstairs at Kimberly, Midtown

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This post-work pricey rooftop bar is like a green patio amid the towering skyscrapers of Midtown. Upstairs at Kimberly is your perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail with the cool summer breeze hitting you, while you enjoy awesome views of the Chrysler Building, which is at its best at sunset. With whacky cocktails like Honey Breeze and The Chrysler on offer, glass ceiling and walls, a retractable roof for the winters, and small plates of sumptuous food, Upstairs at Kimberly is ideal on a work day or a first date too.

8. Night of Joy, Brooklyn

Photo Courtesy True Vagabond

Your ideal Gotham City happy hour delight, the bartenders at Night of Joy, muddle, crush and shake their way through cocktails with a twist like Beet and Dill Vodka and Jalapeno and Black Currant Tequila. Its not the views here, but it is more of getting away from the buzzing BQE area and chilling at the bar tucked away on the rooftop of Brooklyn.

9.  Penthouse 808 at the Ravel Hotel, Queens

This upscale and chic rooftop bar in Queens is not like how it seems from the outside. With stunning views of the Ed Koch Bridge, guests at the Penthouse 808 are welcome to enjoy sunny afternoons with sushi rolls and sake, or grab a drink at dusk, while enjoying sunset views of the East Manhattan and the Empire State Building.

10. Rooftop at the Standard High Line, Meatpacking District

Well, we have been saving the best for the last as always. Undulating views of Manhattan and the vistas of Hudson River, the rooftop at the Standard High Line in the Meatpacking District, is ideal for a summer night. From cocktails to crepes, grass covered areas, and even a summertime plunge pool are some of the highlights of your visit to the Standard High Line.

That is a wrap on our tour of NYC’s rocking rooftops!


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