The best way to see New York City is from the air. You can look down below at all the skyscrapers and people, marveling at the excitement and activity. Luckily New York City has some amazing rooftop bars that provide those views. They also have some of the city's best food and drink options. So order your favorite cocktail and a snack, snag a seat, and enjoy your bird's eye view of the city. Here is your guide to where to go.
The Fleur Room at The Moxy Chelsea
The Fleur Room, located on the 35th floor of The Moxy Chelsea, opened in the spring and is now New York City's highest rooftop bars, where you can get 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline (including the Statue of Liberty). The bar is floral themed, and many of the cocktail include real flowers bought from the flower market downstairs. The rooftop's glass walls are retractable so the bar stays open regardless of the weather.
Serra by Birreria at Eataly
The seasonal rooftop at the top of the Flatiron District Eataly has everything you could want from a roof: homemade beer, delicious cocktails, and food flown in straight from Italy. This summer the roof is decked out in elaborate floral displays that make for beautiful pictures, if you're so inclined. There is also an elaborate aperol spritz menu with seven variations of the popular cocktail. This roof gets busy so arrive early (it opens at 11:30 a.m. every day) or make reservations well in advance. If there are no free spots available, all of Eataly is ready and waiting to be explored while you wait time.
Harriet's Rooftop at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a LEED-certified, sustainable hotel located alongside Brooklyn Bridge Park. From the property's tenth floor roof you get unbeatable views of the Manhattan Skyline and Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.The already beautiful views are made even more so at night when the city is illuminated. The bar serves old-fashioned craft cocktails like The Daisy with Grey Goose vodka, fresh lemon, casis liqueur, and a lemon wheel. DJs play popular hits all night long.
Note: there is a stunning pool on the roof, but it's strictly reserved for hotel guests. If you want to swim, book a room.
Lemon's Rooftop at Wythe Hotel
It wouldn't be a summer in New York City without a visit to Lemon's, the Wyeth Hotel's rooftop bar. Lemon's evokes Italy in summer with Manhattan skyline views. You can snack on grilled calamari, sugar snap peas, and tuna carpaccio while drinking fine Italian wines surrounded by plants. To cool off order the spiked lemonade (mixed with fresh lavender) that comes in a vintage pitcher.
The Press Lounge at Kimpton Ink48 Hotel
This rooftop is located is a bit difficult to get to on public transportation, located on 11th Avenue and 48th Street, But the trek is well worth it. This lounge offers some of the most dramatic views of the city's skyscrapers, bridges, and rivers, made even more dramatic during sunset.
This swanky bar offers beer, wine, and cocktails at a high price, but the views compensate for the pricey drinks. There is a dress code at the Press Room: no beachwear (including sandals), baseballs caps, logo t-shirts, exceedingly ripped clothing, tank tops, or athletic clothing allowed.
Summerly Rooftop Bar at The Hoxton, Williamsburg
The Summerly Rooftop Bar in Brooklyn just opened summer 2019, and it is already one of the city's summer hot spots. It is one of the more intimate bars, and a perfect place to cozy up with a loved one or a small group of friends. The decor is soft and floral and the food and drink is everything you'd want this season: think lobster rolls and as much rosé as you can drink. The views, overlooking the East River and the Manhattan skyline, provide a perfect backdrop to your evening.
St. Cloud Rooftop Bar at The Knickerbocker Hotel
St. Cloud Rooftop Bar is located high in the sky overlooking Times Square. With the hustle and bustle of the city far below you, you can enjoy the chaotic neighborhood without being physically in it. You can rent one of the three sky pods that overlook the city's vast skyscrapers, or you can mingle with patrons at the indoor/outdoor bar. It's open nightly from 4 p.m. to midnight. If you're feeling peckish, order the St. Cloud Crisps: root vegetable chips with broccoli cheddar dip. The entire food menu is concocted by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer, so you can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
Good Behavior at Made Hotel
Good Behavior is a new New York City rooftop bar that encourages a bit of bad behavior. With tiki-themed cocktails, craft beers, and giant cocktails meant to share, this is a recipe for a good time. The bar is covered in greenery and with indoor and outdoor space, it's open year-round. This rooftop bar is less crowded than the rest, and a New York City secret.
Brass Monkey New York City
Brass Monkey is a neighborhood bar in the Meatpacking District with a stellar roof. It's super casual; there are wooden picnic tables arranged in a row. that strangers often share. Here you can order a burger and a pint and spend the day staring at the Hudson River. It gets more crowded as the day goes on so arrive early or visit on a weekend. Inside, the bar turns into a dance floor on weekends.
Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge at Moxy Times Square
The Moxy Hotel chain is all about playfulness, and this rooftop is the epitome of that. Magic Hour one of the largest rooftops in the city, and the theme is urban amusement park. At every turn you'll find games, toys, even statues that amuse (or shock) you. It's a feast for the senses. The food reflects the theme with items like the mouth-watering disco waffle fries (topped with nacho cheese and pickled jalapeños). Save room for the boozy cupcakes for dessert. Try the Float my Boat cocktail; made with Don Julio Blanco tequila, caramelized pineapple, and jalapeño syrup.