Rooftop bars NYC

Complete guide to the 45 best rooftop bars in NYC [2020 update]

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Last updated: September 15th, 2020

Here you'll find the best NYC rooftop bars, with all info you need about each venue. Opening hours, dress code, pictures, maps and much more. New York City is arguably one of the best cities in the world when it comes to rooftop bars and terraces. You can find luxurious, relaxed, nightlife, fancy and cozy rooftop bars in every part of the city. From Brooklyn to Midtown Manhattan. Stay fresh in a NYC rooftop pool or go for a weekend NYC rooftop brunch, all with one of the most iconic skyline views you can find. But which is the best rooftop bar in New York? Just scroll down and find the NYC rooftop bar best suited for you.

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Area:Hell's kitchen
Rooftop in NYC The Press Lounge in New York

The Press Lounge

$$$$ 653 11th Avenue
  • Highlights
  • 16th floor
  • Handcrafted cocktails
  • 360-view
  • Rooftop pool

One of the best NYC rooftop bars. Known for their amazing service and quality regarding everything, along with spectacular views over both Hudson River and the mighty Manhattan skyline. A menu with quality over quantity, including a set of well crafted cocktails, beer on both bottle and draught, wine and bubbles by the glass and a few bar bites and snacks. Perfect place for both after work and post dinner cocktails, soaking in views of the Big Apple, enjoying the sophisticated but vibrant atmosphere.

Area:Times Square
Rooftop in NYC St Cloud Rooftop Bar in New York

St. Cloud Rooftop Bar

$$$$ 6 Times Square
  • Highlights
  • 17th floor
  • Lovely views
  • Crafted cocktails
  • Great vibes

St. Cloud Rooftop is located at the Knickerbocker Hotel, just off Times Square in New York. From the terrace you get a lovely view of all the scyscrapers. In fact, you are right among them. An exclusive rooftop bar that is luxurious and modernly furnished. In the bar you can order from a wide selection of well made cocktails, craft beer and champagne on bottle. There is also a menu of tasty bar bites that changes over the season, along with an exclusive rooftop cigar lounge. Open and airy feel on the terrace, and even though it is popular, it usually does not feel over crowded.

Area:Times Square
Rooftop in NYC Bar 54 in New York

Bar 54

$$$$$ 135 W 45th St
  • Highlights
  • 54th floor
  • Winter igloos
  • Instagram-view
  • Luxurious

The tallest rooftop bar in Times Square, and also among the highest in the city. Located at the Hyatt Centric Times Square, displaying a really superb river-to-river view, including the Chrysler Building and all of lower Manhattan. The bar offers a really impressive drink menu, inclduing a large set of well crafted cocktails, beers, wines in both glass and by bottle, a wide section of whiskey and also some tasty bar bites. The prices are quite hefty, but if you look beyond that and towards the view, you will see it is worth it. Also a great rooftop for a winter time visit, when the rooftop igloos are out.

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Rooftop in NYC 230 Fifth in New York

230 Fifth

$$$ 230 Fifth Ave
  • Highlights
  • 20th floor
  • Huge rooftop garden
  • Magical views
  • Weekend brunch

One of the largest and most famous rooftop bars in NYC, named after its location at 230 5th Ave. The terrace has seatings for approximately 1 000 people at the same time and offers some really magical views of the Manhattan skyline, with the Empire State Building as a mighty focal point. Open year round, with heaters for colder nights and awesome rooftop igloos in winter, offering a wide selection of both food and drinks. With the highlight beeing the rooftop brunch buffet served every weekend.

Area:Times Square
Rooftop in NYC Dear Irving on Hudson in New York

Dear Irving on Hudson

$$$$ 310 W 40th St
  • Highlights
  • 40th & 41st floor
  • Cocktail bar
  • Amazing views
  • Stylish

Stylish, multi-level rooftop & cocktail bar, located on the 40th and 41st floor of the Aliz Hotel Times Square. Both indoor lounge and open-air terrace, where you can enjoy sweeping 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline. Perfect spot for fantastic evening cocktails, served both through an exploration of New York-made spirits, as well as more classic 'Tried & True cocktails. The Dear Irving rooftop bar is also available for corporate & private events up to 300 people.

Rooftop in NYC Westlight NYC in New York

Westlight NYC

$$$$ 111 N 12th St
  • Highlights
  • 22nd floor
  • Original cocktails
  • 360-view
  • Williamsburg

Westlight is a NYC rooftop bar, located on the 22nd floor of The William Vale in trendy Williamsburg. From here you’ll get sweeping city views over the famous Manhattan skyline and the East River. Incredible! Run by the Chef Andrew Carmelllini’s NoHo Hospitality Group, offering a dynamic menu with both classic and original cocktails, a long list of wines, craft beer, rare sprits and some small plates with inspration of global street food. Perfect spot for both early evening cocktails, trying to catch the amazing sunset over Manhattan, or a more festive and vibrant nightly visit, with a young and chic crowd enjoying Brooklyn under the stars.

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Rooftop in NYC The Crown in New York

The Crown

$$$$ 50 Bowery
  • Highlights
  • 21st floor
  • Amazing 360-views
  • Modern
  • Cocktail bar

Set on top of Hotel 50 Bowery, The Crown offers an indoor bar / lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows and two outdoor rooftop terraces, where you get absolutely fantastic 360-degree views over the Big Apple. Actually one of few places in the city that offers unobstructed views of both the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines. Modern and bright in decoration, the rooftop bar offers tasty and well-crafted signature cocktails along with a variety of international bar bites, perfect to share. Chill lounge vibes by day, more vibrant and crowded by night.

Rooftop in NYC Harriet's Rooftop in New York

Harriet's Rooftop

$$$ 60 Furman St
  • Highlights
  • 11th floor
  • Amazing Manhattan-views
  • Rooftop pool
  • Craft cocktails

Located on top of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo (Brooklyn), this is the place for craft cocktails and amazing panoramic views over the Manhattan skyline. Both open-air rooftop bar and indoor lounge, Harriet's is open daily and offers a lush and vibrant setting. Popular spot that, apart from fine cocktails, also offers some very fresh and tasty bar bites. Guests staying at the hotel can also enjoy the small but fantastic rooftop pool.

Area:Times Square
Rooftop in NYC Sky Room in New York

Sky Room

$$$$ 330 W 40th St
  • Highlights
  • 33-34th floor
  • Mixologist cocktails
  • 360-view
  • Nightclub

One of New York's highest sky lounges, located on the 33rd and 34th floor of the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Times Square. Up here you get an impressive 360-degree view, including both Empire State Building and Hudson River. Here you can enjoy a more relaxing cocktail with a view earlier at night, and later on the party atmosphere usually takes over, with a festive crowd enjoying live DJs, drinks and views. The rooftop bar offers fine cocktails inspired by a whole team of mixologists, a full menu of spirits and champagne on bottle, along with a good set of bar bites.

Rooftop in NYC Jimmy at the James in New York

Jimmy at The James SoHo

$$$$ 15 Thompson St
  • Highlights
  • 18th floor
  • Rooftop pool
  • Manhattan views
  • Popular

A modern, sleek and luxurious terrace bar located right in SoHo. The rooftop offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of New York and you can see the Freedom Tower, New Jersey skyline, the Empire State Building. Yeah, literally all of Manhattan is at your feet. The terrace has one of the best rooftop pools in NYC, mainly open for hotel guests during the day, but in summer weekends there are Pool Party Series for everyone from 3pm. This highly popular rooftop bar offers a good set of specialty cocktails, with an upscale and trendy crowd loving to soak in the vibrant atmosphere. Reservations are highly recommended.

Area:Rockefeller Park
Rooftop in NYC Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar in New York

Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

$$$$$ 102 North End Ave
  • Highlights
  • 16th floor
  • Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktails
  • River views
  • Summer nights

The Loopy Doopy rooftop bar is located at the Conrad New York Hotel with an outstanding view of both New York and New Jersey’s skyline, as well as the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. The bar offers some small plates for eating, but is mostly famous for a very good and creative cocktail list, especially the Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktail. One of the best rooftop bars in New York to hang out with your friends, enjoying refreshing cocktails and watch an amazing sunset.

Area:Grand Central Station
Rooftop in NYC Mad46 Rooftop Bar in New York

Mad46 Rooftop Bar

$$$$ 45 E 45th St
  • Highlights
  • 19th floor
  • Outdoor & indoor lounge
  • Manhattan views
  • Late Happy Hour

This cool cocktail bar in New York is located on the 19th floor of Roosevelt Hotel with a great view among Manhattan's skyscrapers. You really feel that you are in the city when you are here, and the terrace has a great 'old school' New York vibe to it. Only open during weekdays and a very popular after work spot, creating a festive and yet chilled atmosphere. The bar offers an impressive drink list, with specialty cocktails, draft beers and wines / sparkling in both glass and by the bottle, along with a tasty set of bar bites.

Area:Empire State Building
Rooftop in NYC Monarch Rooftop Bar in New York

Monarch Rooftop Bar

$$$$ 71 W 35th St
  • Highlights
  • 18th floor
  • Speciality cocktails
  • Magical Manhattan views
  • Heated

This impressive rooftop bar in NYC is located on the 18th floor and from the terrace you get a stunning view over midtown Manhattan, and most of all, fantastic vistas of the Empire State Building. Very modern and stylish, both indoors and outdoors, with a Scandinavian-chic feel with lots of comfy lounge sofas and bar stools. The menu has smaller bar bites and offers the regular selection of beers and wines along with some very well made specialty cocktails. Popular and energetic place, reservations are highly recommended.

Area:High line
Rooftop in NYC The Brass Monkey in New York

The Brass Monkey

$$$ 55 Little W 12th St
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Beer garden
  • Hudson River views
  • Relaxed

A classic American bar with good prices, burgers and alot of different beers. Everything you would expect from a good ol' bar, just that this one also comes with a lovely terrace where you can catch a glimpse of the Hudson River and New Jersey. Not the highest or most fancy rooftop bar in New York, but instead 'the only neighborhood bar in the neighborhood'. Located just below the High Line, the rooftop bar serves beers, wine and signature cocktails along with all the food that a classic bar menu should have. And all this with a great and friendly service along with a vibrant and relaxed atmosphere.

Rooftop in NYC Refinery Rooftop in New York

Refinery Rooftop

$$$$ 63 West 38th St
  • Highlights
  • 13th floor
  • Empire State-views
  • Year round
  • Weekend brunch

Located in Midtown Manhattan, right between Times Square and Empire State Building, this is a charming, fashionable and dymanic rooftop bar for many occasions. Open 7 days and week and year-round, here you can enjoy both weekday rooftop lunch, weekend rooftop brunch, or come for vibrant and fun evening cocktails. All served in a great atmosphere and to amazing views over Empire State building and the city skyline.

Area:Midtown East
Rooftop in NYC Upstairs at the Kimberly in New York

Upstairs at the Kimberly

$$$$ 145 E 50th St
  • Highlights
  • 30th floor
  • Signature cocktails
  • Luxurious
  • Harmonious

This rooftop bar in New York is located on the 30th floor at the Kimberly Hotel. From the roof you get a great view of the Chrysler Building. The setting at the rooftop is 'luxurious cocktail bar', with leather chairs, a stylish design, so really a sophisticated oasis above the buzzing streets below. The rooftop bar offers a large set of signature cocktails, wines and a wide selection of tasty bar bites. Every weekend between 12-4pm you can also enjoy a fantastic rooftop brunch. Open year round thanks to a retractable glass roof and wall.

Area:Times Square
Rooftop in NYC Haven Rooftop at Sanctuary Hotel in New York

Haven Rooftop at Sanctuary Hotel

$$$$ 132 W 47th St
  • Highlights
  • 9th floor
  • Handcrafted cocktails
  • Great atmosphere
  • Weekend brunch

A terrace bar in NYC which is situated on the roof of the Sancturay Hotel, right in the city center. The location is almost as good as it gets, one minute away from Times Square and about the same distance to Rockefeller Center, and the terrace offers great views of Manhattan. Both rooftop bar and restaurant, offering modern American cuisine for lunch and dinner, along with hand crafted cocktails, wines and a good set of beers. And every weekend you can also enjoy a great rooftop brunch, with a large food menu and bottomless mimosas. Light and airy terrace with a great and vibrant atmosphere.

Area:High Line
Rooftop in NYC Le Bain at the Standard in New York

Le Bain Rooftop at the Standard

$$$$ 848 Washington St
  • Highlights
  • 18th floor
  • Rooftop pool
  • River views
  • Nightclub

Le Bain is a NYC rooftop bar is located at The Standard High Line in downtown New York in the Meatpacking District. The roof terrace is home for both parties and relaxation, but whatever you come for the views you get from the rooftop are always breathtaking. Visit during the afternoon for more relaxing drinks in the sun, and later at night for a more vibrant feel with live DJs and mingle with a younger and festive crowd. Very popular rooftop, so try to be in good time, and even so, be prepared for a little bit of queing.

Area:Fashion District
Rooftop in NYC Spyglass Rooftop Bar in New York

Spyglass Rooftop Bar

$$$$ 45 West 38th St
  • Highlights
  • 22nd floor
  • Empire State Building views
  • Chic and stylish
  • Intimate

Set right in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Spyglass Rooftop Bar offers a contemporary interpretation of the glamorous and sophisticated NYC mid-century era. 22 floors up, this indoor / outdoor lounge offers amazing views over the city skyline, with the Empire State Building as majestic and central focal point. Intimate and charming, the rooftop bar menu includes signature craft cocktails, wines crafted brews and shareable bites.

Area:Times Square
Rooftop in NYC Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge in New York

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge

$$$$ 485 7th Avenue
  • Highlights
  • 18th floor
  • Year-round
  • Weekend brunch
  • Fun & vibrant

A spacious, urban and happening year-round rooftop bar and lounge. Colorful, fun and vibrant, the rooftop deck has several different spaces, including the elegant and garden-like east side, offering fantastic views over the Empire State Building, and the Foreplay area with a miniature putt-putt course. Open for nightly fun and weekend brunch, the rooftop bar serves both creative cocktails perfect to share and full bottle service.

Rooftop in NYC A.R.T. NoMad (Arlo Roof Top) in New York

A.R.T. NoMad (Arlo Roof Top)

$$$$ 11 E 31st St
  • Highlights
  • 31st floor
  • Great vibe
  • Panoramic views
  • Glass floor

All the way up at hotel Arlo NoMad you find this relaxed NYC rooftop bar, with superb views over both Downtown and uptown Manhattan. Not the biggest terrace in town, but with a very open and airy feel. The rooftop bar features a great set of signature cocktails, Froze, beer on tap and a rotating selection of Mediterranean light bites to snack on. Quite a scaled down menu, and so is the decór, with some lounge sofas and some standing tables. And this is the best thing about A.R.T. NoMad, it is at a luxurious location but offers an unpretentious and relaxing atmosphere, where you don't have to get to fancy to sit back and enjoy a drink and the views.

Area:Hell's Kitchen
Rooftop in NYC Social Drink & Food at Yotel in New York

Social Drink & Food at Yotel

$$$ 570 10th Ave
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Large terrace
  • Great ambience
  • Rooftop cinema

This rooftop bar in NYC is decorated in a is decorated in a 1960's style, with rainbow colored circle chairs, lounge sofas and exotic dragon trees. This is New York's largest hotel terrace with space for about 400 guests. The rooftop bar offers a relaxing, fun and comfortable atmosphere along with Mediterranean influenced street food and seasonal, well crafted cocktails. And a Happy Hour every day between 3-5pm where you can get a pizza & beer for $10. On Sundays part of the terrace is transformed into a rooftop cinema, where you can enjoy dinner and a movie under the stars.

Rooftop in NYC Rooftop at Royalton Park Avenue in New York

Rooftop at Royalton Park Avenue

$$$$ 420 Park Ave. S
  • Highlights
  • 20th floor
  • Rooftop pool
  • Weekend nightlife
  • Central Manhattan

Situated right in central Manhattan, you'll find this perfect, party friendly roof terrace with great views over the sky scrapers and Empire State Building. The rooftop has a great outdoor pool for guest at the hotel, as a non-guest you will have to settle for hanging out poolside, on the balcony like terrace or at the indoor lounge. The rooftop bar offers a large menu of specialty cocktails and bottles of champagne, along with sharable platters and small plates. Open for rooftop brunch every weekend, and during weekdays you can have relaxing drink, while towards weekend nights the party atmosphere really rises.

Area:Metropolitan Museum of Art
Rooftop in NYC The Cantor Roof Garden Bar in New York

The Cantor Roof Garden Bar

$$$$ 1000 5th Ave
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • The MET
  • Central Park views

A roof garden in New York located on one of the world's most famous museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Placed in the east side of Central Park, from the roof terrace at The Cantor Roof Garden NYC you get a completely magical view across the park and the surrounding sky scrapers. Large and lush garden, with some benches and tables to sit at, or you just place yourself at the big lawn. The rooftop bar offers specialty cocktails, wine by the glass, housemade lemonade and some sandwiches & salads. You can also go up to the roof without buying anything and just enjoy the view.

Area:Hell's Kitchen
Rooftop in NYC Cantina Rooftop in New York

Cantina Rooftop

$$$ 605 W 48th St
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Mexican flavours
  • Colorful & vibrant
  • Weekend brunch

Cantina Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge is a colorful and year-round destination, serving authentic Mexican food and panoramic views over the Big Apple all days of the week. On the spacious and lush terrace (equipped with a climate-controlled retractable glass roof) you can indulge in innovative food and expertly crafted cocktails, either as dinner or a weekend rooftop brunch. Fun, friendly and vibrant, perfect for both sunny and relaxing happy hour drinks and nightly fun with live DJs.

Area:Lower East Side
Rooftop in NYC Mr Purple in New York

Mr Purple

$$$$ 180 Orchard St
  • Highlights
  • 15th floor
  • Rooftop pool
  • Manhattan views
  • Impressive menu

Mr. Purple is a lovely rooftop bar and restaurant in New York, located on the luxurious Hotel Indigo Lower East Side. Here you can find one of the best rooftop pools in NYC, magical views of the skyline and an impressive menu, both regarding drinks and food. Classic cocktails with a twist, specialty cocktails, craft cocktails carbonated and bottled in-house, rotating seasonal selection of beer on tap and all types of wine along with American dishes and a great brunch menu. Top of with nice music, a great ambience, vibrant but still relaxed, and you have a really good NYC rooftop bar.

Area:Times Square
Rooftop in NYC The Skylark in New York

The Skylark

$$$$ 200 W 39th St
  • Highlights
  • 30th floor
  • Weekdays
  • Amazing views
  • Mixologist cocktails

The Skylark NYC rooftop is a classic cocktail lounge, located on the 30th floor near Times Square. From the roof terrace you get an absolutely stunning view of, among other things, the Hudson River, the Empire State Building and Times Square. Only open to the public during weekdays, so therefore a popular place for after work. Here you can enjoy a large set of mixologist signature cocktails made with the best ingredients, along with tasty bar bites. Great rooftop bar, known for a luxorius yet cosy and warm atmosphere, great service and sunset views to die for.

Rooftop in NYC PH-D Rooftop Lounge in New York

PH-D Rooftop Lounge

$$$$ 355 W 16th St
  • Highlights
  • 12th floor
  • Luxurious decoration
  • Panoramic skyline views
  • Weekend nightspot

A rooftop lounge in New York located on the hip hotel The Dream Downtown, situated in the trendy Meatpacking area. PH-D Rooftop Bar & Lounge offers an outstanding skyline view of Manhattan and the towering skyscrapers, and both the indoor lounge and the roof terrace is luxuriously furnished. The rooftop bar offers tasty cocktails, smaller bits & bites to eat and a large selection of champagne Visit earlier in the evening for a more relaxed lounge feel, and later at night it is a perfect rooftop in NYC if you are looking for a top atmosphere and party.

Rooftop in NYC Berry Park in New York

Berry Park

$$$ 4 Berry St
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Skyline views
  • Show sports
  • Weekend brunch

This is a very large rooftop bar located in Brooklyn NYC. Simply put, it's a Beer Garden, Soccer Bar & Restaurant with great city views. Really great actually, the Manhattan skyline looks amazing from here. Here you can drink lots of German and Belgian beers or a signature cocktail and grab food that mostly consist of American pub classics. There is also a special brunch menu every weekend between 11am-3pm. Come here to enjoy the relaxed, fun and lively atmosphere and watch the skyline, or head inside and watch sports and dance to nightly weekend DJs.

Rooftop in NYC Terrace on 7 in New York

Terrace on 7

$$$$$ 246 Spring St
  • Highlights
  • 7th floor
  • Rooftop pool
  • Sushi
  • Signature cocktails

One of New York's latest rooftops with a swimming pool. This luxurious indoor-outdoor restaurant and rooftop bar is located at the Dominick Hotel, offering a lush terrace and Japanese inspirations in both food and drinks. There are both delicious selections of fresh sushi, and hand-crafted cocktails with Asian touches. Non-hotel guest you can reserve exclusive cabanas for the day to gain access to the pool. Or just visit for a lunch in the sun or some early night cocktails, taking in the chic and trendy atmosphere.

Area:Rockefeller Plaza
Rooftop in NYC Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room in New York

Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room

$$$$$ 30 Rockefeller Plaza
  • Highlights
  • 65th floor
  • Highest outdoor terrace bar
  • Amazing views
  • Luxurious

Perched 65 floors above Rockefeller Center, Bar SixtyFive rooftop is the highest outdoor terrace bar in NYC. No surprise, the views you get from up here are simply breathtaking, with panoramics including sights like the Empire State Buildning, Downtown Manhattan, the Hudson River and New Jersey. High above NYC you can indulge in playful bistro fare and signature, seasonal and classic cocktails crafted to perfection. All served in an upscale and exclusive atmosphere.

Rooftop in NYC Top of the Strand in New York

Top of the Strand

$$$$ 33 W 37th St
  • Highlights
  • 21st floor
  • Relaxing
  • Empire State Building views

Perched on the 21st floor of the Marriott Vacation Club Pulse in Midtown Manhattan, and considered as one of the best rooftop bars in NYC open year round. A retractable glass roof makes Top of the Strand a great nightly destination both in summer and winter, and the front row views of Empire State building are always available. The rooftop patio is not very big, but offers an intimate setting, with pillow topped benches, bar stools at the edge, surrounded by palms and other greenery. Enjoy well-made signature cocktails, beers, wine and some tasty light fare in an atmosphere towards upscale but very friendly and relaxing.

Rooftop in NYC Salon De Ning in New York

Salon de Ning

$$$$$ 700 5th Avenue
  • Highlights
  • 23rd floor
  • Two terraces
  • Signature cocktails
  • Chic & stylish

When you enter this chic terrace bar in NYC, you get the feeling of being in Shanghai in the early 1900s, with a décor in classic Asian style. Located at the famous and luxurious Peninsula Hotel, and from the two terraces you get a magical view of 5th Avenue and the surrounding sky scrapers. The rooftop bar offers an extensive cocktail list, with well made signature cocktails, and even their own classics, along with wine and bubbles by the glass and some small plates for the hungry ones. High in quality, and also quite high in price.

Area:Grand Central Station
Rooftop in NYC Bookmarks Rooftop Lounge in New York

Bookmarks Rooftop Lounge

$$$$ 299 Madison Ave
  • Highlights
  • 14th floor
  • Rooftop garden
  • Literary inspired cocktails
  • Elegant

Lovely and elegant rooftop garden, located at the 14th floor of the Library Hotel, close to Grand Central and (suitably enough) the New York Public Library. Up here you find both a cozy indoor lounge, a green and lush rooftop terrace that also holds two greenhouses where you can stay warm and still watch the stars. The rooftop menu plays with the library theme and you can choose between different specialty cocktails, like the 'Tequila Mockingbird', an exciting set of specialty sangrias, along with some small plates to nibble on. Usually a charming and calm atmosphere, with a friendly service.

Area:Lincoln Center
Rooftop in NYC Empire Hotel Rooftop in New York

Empire Hotel Rooftop

$$$$ 44 W 63rd St
  • Highlights
  • 12th floor
  • Two bars
  • Cosy interior
  • Weekend brunch

The Empire Hotel Rooftop bar boost with both an indoor lounge along with East and West terraces, where the West terrace also has a retractable roof, creating a year round rooftop experience. Newly redecorated, the rooftop has a light and modern decór with lots of different seating areas, and from the 12th floor location you get adorable views over Lincoln Center, Brodway and Central Park. Open for breakfast and brunch, the rooftop is otherwise a perfect place for an after work or after show drink, or a full weekend night out, enjoying the friendly and relaxed vibe with a group of friends.

Rooftop in NYC Gallow Green in New York

Gallow Green

$$$$ 542 W 27th St
  • Highlights
  • 7th floor
  • Rooftop garden
  • 'The Lodge' in winter
  • Weekend brunch

The roof terrace at Gallow Green, located above the McKaittrick Hotel, is lush in an overgrown way and cozy decorated with lots of plants and wooden benches and tables. Probably as close to nature as you will get in the middle of New York. Between all the grenery there is also a beautiful view of the New York skyline. Daily the rooftop serves both dinner and cocktails in a charming, lively and vibrant atmosphere. And on weekends there is a fantastic brunch with live entertainment. A great rooftop bar to visit for a sunny brunch, a charming and romantic dinner or relaxing cocktails with friends.

Rooftop in NYC Lemon's at Wythe Hotel in New York

Lemon's at Wythe Hotel

$$$$ 80 Wythe Ave
  • Highlights
  • 6th floor
  • Good vibe
  • Sunset views
  • Brooklyn

From this rooftop bar in Brooklyn you get a magical view of Manhattan and the East River. Especially at sunset, watching a glowing New York skyline from here is absolutely fantastic. Taking inspiration from 1960’s Italy and the aperitivo culture, offering the rooftop offers a stylish laid-back vibe, where daytime relaxation go hand in hand with nightly DJs. Popular place, both among locals and travelers. Perfect to visit during afternoon / early evening for a more chill experience, when darkness falls the atmosphere gets more buzzing.

Area:Madison Square Park
Rooftop in NYC SERRA by Birreria in New York

SERRA by Birreria

$$$ 200 5th Ave
  • Highlights
  • 14th floor
  • Italian greenhouse
  • Changes with the season
  • Great atmosphere

Set above the Italian megastore Eataly, SERRA by Birreria is a rooftop bar and restaurant that brings a large slice of Italian charm to the heart of NYC. 'Serra' is Italian for 'greenhouse', and the rooftop really lives up to its name with a lush and beautiful setting. Here you can enjoy down to earth Italian dishes, made with top local produce and seasonal ingredients, complemented with a large selection of wine, beer and cocktails, and also a 'Build Your Own Gin & Tonic' section.

Area:Murray Hill / Chrysler Building
Rooftop in NYC Pod 39 Hotel Rooftop in New York

Pod 39 Rooftop

$$$ 145 E 39th St
  • Highlights
  • 17th floor
  • Mexican food
  • Youthful
  • Great atmosphere

This rooftop provides a stunning view of New York City and all the skyscrapers. Located in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan, the terrace has a really cool 1800's setting with brick arches, ivy walls and cosy lanterns glowing in the night. The Pod 39 Rooftop is run by Empellón Al Pastor, who holds a full Mexican restaurant in the lobby at the hotel, open from early morning to midnight. The rooftop bar opens at 5pm, and up here you can enjoy fresh cocktails, canned beers, wine by the glass and a few different and tasty tacos. Perfect place for some after work and evening cocktails.

Area:Central Park
Rooftop in NYC The Roof in New York

The Roof

$$$$$ 124 W 57th St
  • Highlights
  • 29th floor
  • Classic & House cocktails
  • Centra Park views
  • Great ambience

Perched atop the Viceroy Central Park, and if you are serching for a stylish place where you can gaze out over Central Park, this is the NYC rooftop bar to visit. A swanky indoor and outdoor lounge with a very luxurious yet uncluttered décor, where you can enjoy a fine selection of both classic and house cocktails, a set of regionaly brewed beers, wines by glass or bottle and a small set of bar bites. It is pricey for sure, but with the views, quality and great ambience it is well worth it.

Rooftop in NYC Bourbon Street in New York

Bourbon Street

$$$ 40-12 Bell Blvd
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Queens
  • Sunset views
  • Weekend brunch

One of the best thing about this terrace bar in New York is that the venue is the only one of its kind in this part of Queens. It offers beautiful sunset over the rooftops, along with a friendly, lively and warm atmosphere. From the rooftop bar you can order a wide selection of seasonal food and drinks, and during weekends this is the spot for a great and very affordable brunch. The terrace also has large HDTV's for viewing sports. A perfect rooftop to visit to get that neighborhood feel, with a view!

Area:Central Park
Rooftop in NYC Above 6 Rooftop Bar in New York

Above 6 Rooftop Bar

$$$ 308 W 58th St
  • Highlights
  • 14th floor
  • Sushi & Grill
  • Small & cosy
  • Central Park view

From this small and cozy rooftop you get an absolutely stunning view of the Manhattan skyline with Central Park as mighty background. The menu is inspired by the Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill on the ground floor, so there is both sake, sushi platters and fried chicken wings available, along with signature and classic cocktails, hand-picked wines and a set of different bar bites. Perfect setting for a more private after work or before heading to a show or some other event in the city.

Rooftop VERSA NYC in New York


$$$ 218 W 35th St
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • Restaurant + Bar
  • Empire State views
  • Modern & relaxed

Modern and sleek rooftop restaurant and bar located at the Renaissance NYC Midtown Hotel, just around the corner from Madison Square Garden. A spacious indoor restaurant and lounge leads out to an equally spacious rooftop terrace, offering grand views of the Empire State Building and the Midtown skyline. Open from early breakfast to late night dinner and cocktails, plus for rooftop brunch, the restaurant and rooftop bar serves fresh and carefully crafted American gastro food and a nice selection of creative signature cocktails.

Rooftop in NYC Azul Rooftop Bar in New York

Azul Rooftop Bar

$$$ 525 Greenwich St
  • Highlights
  • 20th floor
  • Cuban vibes
  • Vibrant lounge

Set on top of Hotel Hugo, Azul Rooftop offers a large slice of Cuban vibes in the heart of NYC. Open seasonally, the colorful and urban-chic terrace offers magnificent 360-degree views of Lower Manhattan, including both the Freedom Tower and the Statue of Liberty. Equipped with both comfy lounge sofas and lots of bar spots, you can visit weekdays for softer lounge vibes and weekends for a larger crowd and live DJs keeping the atmosphere on top.

Area:Meatpacking District
Rooftop in NYC B. On Top at Gansevoort Meatpacking in New York

B. On Top at Gansevoort Meatpacking

$$$ 18 9th Ave
  • Highlights
  • 14th floor
  • Live DJs
  • 360-view
  • Refreshing cocktails

At the roof of Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, you find this chic lounge / cocktail bar called B. On Top. With a stylish setting, a flowing layout of several indoor and outdoor spaces and magnificent views over Manhattan and Hudson River, this is really one of the top NYC rooftop bars. Offering a nice menu, with a large set of well made cocktails along with a good selection of tasty bar bites. Great destination from sunrise to sunset, serving breakfast, relaxing cocktails in a chill ambience daytime / early evening, and later at night (especially weekends) you can expect alot more people, top DJs and a rooftop party atmosphere.

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The legal drinking age in New York is 21, just like in the rest of the United States (source). This means that the age limit at the rooftop bars in NYC by standard is +21. People under the age of 21 can usually visit rooftop bars during daytime, in the company of a legal guardian.

New York City has some of the toughest smoking laws in the United States (source). Smoking is illegal at all indoor bars and pubs, including sidewalk seating areas. Rooftop bars are however more "away from the crowds", and some rooftop bars have designated smooking areas, but most NYC rooftop bars has a no-smoking policy.

There is no general dress code on the NYC rooftop bars. However, the most common dress code is smart casual. Aim to dress in well-fitting clothes that are neat and appropriate, and don't wear sporting clothes, flips flops or other attire more associated with the beach. During daytime the dress code is usually more casual, and then more strict at night. You can find the specicifc dress code for each rooftop bar by clicking them above, and more information in this article.

The majority of NYC rooftop bars has free entrance. If there is an entrance fee, it is usually in connection with an event, like a late night weekend rooftop party with DJs, or something even more special, like a New Year's Eve event. To book a table at a rooftop bar might mean a minimum spend.

Our recommendation for the best time to visit a NYC rooftop bar is late afternoon / early evening. This usually means a bit calmer, but still vibrant atmosphere and daytime views hopefully turning into a beautiful sunset. However, the best time is also dependant on what you seek. Late nights there are several NYC rooftop bars offering a real party vibe, and during weekends you can get the day started with rooftop brunch. Don't forget that as a non-American nationals you need to apply for your ESTA before you visit USA.

No, in general the NYC rooftop bars located at hotels are open to all, both to the public and to hotel guests. There might however be sections of the rooftop that is exclusive to hotel guests. This is for instance usually the case with NYC hotels with a rooftop pool, where the pool is often only available to guests staying at the hotel.

Yes, rooftop yoga in NYC is a popular trend, and many rooftops offers this more healthy way to enjoy the skyline views several times a week. Usually in the mornings. In this article you can read more about NYC rooftop yoga.

Rooftop bar New York

Rooftop-grade: 10/10
Prime season: April-Oct
Residents: 20 millions
Climate: humid temperate

Which are the best rooftop bars NYC? This guide will help you find all the best rooftops located in NYC. New York is, probably alongside Bangkok, the world's best city in terms of great rooftop bars. NYC is packed with luxurious, cozy and large roof terraces that include everything one could ask for.

The best rooftop bars in NYC are often located at the top of a hotel roof, and often with quite breathtaking views over the city's skyscrapers and skyline.

The climate here is hot with the exception of a few months in winter, resulting in the rooftop bars in New York beeing open most of the year.

When it comes to terrace bars in this lovely city, they are scattered throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey. There are so many rooftop bars here that you would almost not have enough time to visit all of them, if you were here for a whole month.

Most are obviously located in Manhattan and many of them around Central Park or Downtown. New York is often ranked as one of - if not - the best city in the world when it comes to places to drink with a view.

We have gathered the best rooftop bars here at our website. And the page is filled with newly opened ones as well. Check out the map of the best NYC rooftops and also find the ones nearest to your location. And here you can find free tours by foot in New York.

About New York

New York is the largest city in the US. New York counts as a metropolis that has a strong global influence in finance, media, politics, education, entertainment, sports and fashion. The city is the world's leading financial center and they also have the UN headquarters. "The city that never sleeps" and "The Big Apple" are just some of the nicknames that New York has received over the years. There are numerous attractions such as Times Square, Wall Street, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, etc.

Food, drink and party on rooftop bars in New York

New York is a city that has everything. Even so when it comes to rooftop bars. Here you can find everything in terms of food and drinks. Modern cocktails, classic cocktails, fine wines, a variety of different beers, bubbles, etc. The same goes for food. Some roof terraces offer fine al a carte dinners, while others only have a bar snack menu. If there is one thing you can do in NYC, it's partying. In most of the rooftop bars in New York it’s a lovely festive atmosphere. The roof terraces here are perfect places to meet up for party and drinks, before venturing on to any nightclub or similar. Some rooftop bars in New York are open all night where you can party until the wee hours.

Alltitude and views from the rooftop bars in NYC

The rooftop bars really stand out in New York when compared to many other cities. Rooftop bars located on the roof of skyscrapers always gives absolutely stunning views, creating a magical view of the whole city and its surroundings. From the rooftop bars in NYC, you can see the most famous spots and buildings here. Or how about Central Park, Times Square, the Hudson River, One World Trade Center, New Jersey, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, etc. The list is endless. By far the best way to get a good overview of New York and Manhattan is to get up to one of the city's high altitude rooftops and just enjoy the views they have to offer.

Other attractions in New York

Yes, where do we start. As with everything else regarding this city, almost all you could want to do is available here. If you like sports, you can watch basketball, hockey, football, baseball, soccer, etc. If you like to party and eat delicious food you have some of the world's hippest and best nightclubs and restaurants here. For those who like to stroll around and shop then there is probably no better city in the world than New York. Otherwise you can always go around and look at known sites and buildings. Or what about the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Broadway, Times Square, Wall Street, Yankee Stadium, etc. And when you want to take it easy, just stroll to Central Park to settle down in the grass or walk around and look at the city's impressive skyline and cozy parks.

Rooftop pools in New York

In New York, there is an OK amount of great rooftop swimming pools, or so-called rooftop pools. But looking at the amount of rooftop bar available in NYC, it's not really common with swimming pool right on the roof terraces. Some of New York's Hotel can take pride in having rooftop pools. Unfortunately, there is no infinity pools here, which is quite common in Asia and some parts of Europe. The season for rooftop bars in New York lasts for about 6 months and the same applies to the city's rooftop swimming pools. The rooftop pools found in NYC is only available for hotel guests. So go on and book a room at a hotel with rooftop pool right here, and get the best prices on the market.

Flights and hotels in New York

Here you find some of the world's busiest airports. Total 3 very large airports, where planes from all countries and cities in the world arrive. The airports are located at some distance from Manhattan, but by taxi you are inside the city in about 30-40 minutes. New York and Manhattan in particular is probably the center of the whole world that has the most hotels. In many of these hotels you can find the best rooftop bars throughout New York. Both super luxury and a little more relaxed and affordable is available. Hotel prices are quite expensive, but considering what you get to experience it is well worth every penny you spend. Book your hotel through us and take advantage of the best rates and deals you can get on the market. At this lovely website, you can find the best hotel views in NYC.