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    The best Rooftop Bars in New York

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald liked to say, of the Big Apple, that New York had all the iridescence of the beginning of the world. The American metropolis, in fact, shines with a kaleidoscope of colors, both during the day and, even more so, at night. And it is an experience that is difficult to forget that of being able, at least once in a lifetime, to admire the Big Apple in the evening, from above.

    There you will find, boundless, magical and unforgettable, an iridescent panorama in any direction you look. Here, then, that an excellent idea is to experience the thrill of dominating New York and its million lights from above, sipping a drink or a sublime glass of wine, taking advantage of one of the many rooftop bar.



    In fact, they are super-chic or, to put it in the American way, very cool places, ideally positioned in top of some buildings that host, indifferently, hotels, restaurants or "only" bars. Suddenly find yourself dominating New York from above, is one of the experiences that will remain most firmly engraved in travelers' memories. We have selected here i best 15.

    Index

    • Where are the best rooftop bars in New York?
    • 230 Fifth
    • Refinery Rooftop
    • St. Cloud Rooftop Bar
    • Mr. Purple
    • Haven rooftop
    • Spyglass Rooftop Bar
    • Roof at Park South
    • A.R.T. SoHo (Arlo Roof Top)
    • Rooftop at Time Out Market
    • Elsewhere Rooftop
    • Broken Shaker
    • Lemon’s at Wythe Hotel
    • Water Tower Bar
    • B. On Top at Gansevoort Meatpacking
    • Ophelia Lounge

    Where are the best rooftop bars in New York?

    230 Fifth

    230 Fifth is one of the chicest venues in all of New York as well the largest panoramic terrace equipped not only with a garden, but also with a huge Penthouse. Completely open to allow you to admire the lights of the city and the twinkling of the stars, located on the 20th floor, from 230 Fifth you can enjoy a spectacular view of skyscrapers and buildings of the Big Apple, three above all, the iconic Flatiron Building, the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building.



    Wherever you visit this place in winter, know that in case of particularly cold temperatures, the barmen offer customers comfortable and warm red wool dressing gowns, so that you can still remain outdoors. Last but not least: it should be noted that brunch here is a winning choice.

    Useful Information:

    • Admission is free, but subject to acceptance by the staff of the venue.
    • The dress code is quite stringent: yes to casual looks, but too sporty clothing, sneakers, caps with visors, ripped jeans are not allowed.
    • Consumption is not mandatory
    • Minors under 21 can also enter, provided they are accompanied by parents or adults, by 18pm. However, they must leave the premises no later than 19pm.
    • The restaurant is open all year round, from 14pm until late at night. In winter, you can stay warm on the terrace inside heated transparent igloos and are protected by large umbrellas. Finally, in case of bad weather, the terrace is closed with large windows that allow, however, a splendid view of New York.
    • Cocktails cost from $ 9 (non-alcoholic), up to a maximum of $ 15 for alcohol-based cocktails. The bottles of wine, on the other hand, start at $ 75.

    Refinery Rooftop

    The Refinery Rooftop is another highly recommended venue. Both for his central position, in Manhattan, both for the industrial-chic elegance of the furnishings. Located on the top of the Refinery Hotel, this venue has been named "Best Rooftop Bar in the Big Apple" for several consecutive years. One reason is the sweeping view of the Empire State Building and the unmistakable New York skyline.



    Ideal to live during the day, for healthy but tasty lunches, however it is at its best in the evening with a rich list of signature cocktails that mix natural ingredients with fresh and unusual combinations. The location, then, is embellished with cascades of water, exposed brick walls and barrel vaults, and a fountain. Not only cocktails and wine, but also a superb and well-stocked list of beers, whiskeys, bourbons, scotches.

    Useful Information:

    • Admission is free, but you must order at least one drink per person when ordering a table.
    • The dress code, as for the previous location, must be followed, if you want to enter: yes to smart-casual looks, no to short shorts for men, no slippers and flip-flops, no ripped trousers.
    • The drink is not mandatory, except for those who have booked a table.
    • Children under the age of 21 can also enter, provided they are accompanied by parents or adults, by 16 pm.
    • The restaurant is open all year round, from 11.30 until late at night. In winter, a huge fireplace is lit on the terrace, very impressive.
    • Cocktails cost from $ 9 (non-alcoholic), up to a maximum of $ 20 for alcohol-based cocktails. The bottles of wine, on the other hand, start at $ 50.

    St. Cloud Rooftop Bar

    Luxurious, very central (just think that it overlooks Times Square), this rooftop bar in New York is a mix of elegance and modernity. However, compared to its other "competitors", the view it offers is a lot less suggestive, since instead of dominating the skyscrapers, it is right in the middle of them. Equipped with tables and sofas both outside and inside, the restaurant is embellished with lush plants and minimal design.



    Located inside the luxurious hotel The KnickerbockerIn addition to having a well-respected cocktail list, the bar also offers mouth-watering snacks and dishes, freshly cooked, to accompany selected drinks. Finally, two strong points of the bar should be noted: an exclusive cigar lounge, dedicated to cigar lovers, and the monthly “Luna Piena” event, with DJ sets and themed cocktails.

    Useful Information:

    • Admission is free, the smart-casual environment.
    • Consumption is not mandatory.
    • Children under 21 can also enter, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
    • The restaurant is open all year round, from 16pm to 1am.
    • Cocktails start at $ 22.

    Mr. Purple

    Mr. Purple is a bar and restaurant located on the 15th floor of theHotel Indigo, on the Lower East Side. Here you can breathe an eclectic air, modern and tinged with artistic inspiration. Designed to resemble a private loft, Mr. Purple has an indoor and sheltered area and two outdoor areas, one large and spacious, in which there is also a swimming pool.

    The other, designed to host private events. The mix of wood and metal, industrial lamps and chaise-longues make it one of the more elegant places of the Big Apple. The strong point of this location is certainly the cocktail list, updated seasonally, as well as the delicacies freshly cooked, based on local ingredients.

    Useful information:

    • Admission is free; it is advisable to book in advance, because it is a very coveted place. The chic environment requires smart-casual clothing. Therefore, banned slippers and flip-flops, sportswear and ripped jeans or trousers.
    • Consumption is not mandatory.
    • Children under 21 can also enter, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
    • The restaurant is open all year round, with different hours depending on the day of the week.
    • Cocktails start at $ 14.

    Haven rooftop

    The Haven Rooftop is located at the top of the Sanctuary Hotel, a prestigious property located between Times Square and Rockefeller Center. From here, the view of the Midtown Manhattan skyline and Times Square is truly stunning, especially in the evening. Comfortable wooden seats, very soft enveloping cushions, plants and flowers, the location is rightly among the best to enjoy an excellent cocktail overlooking the illuminated skyscrapers.

    Do not miss some of the dishes proposed by the chef, among which it is worth mentioning the risotto with truffles and the tuna tartare. The terrace, large and well structured, allows you to appreciate the New York night in a way elegant and chic. The Rooftop Bar can be used both in summer and in winter, when temperatures get colder, with heating mushrooms that allow you to admire the view, without having to stay inside.

    Useful information:

    • Admission is free. The dress code required is business casual.
    • Consumption is not mandatory.
    • Children under 21 are not allowed to enter this venue.
    • The bar is open all year round, with different hours depending on the day of the week.
    • Cocktails start at $ 16, while bottles of wine start at $ 48. Alternatively, you can opt for a glass ($ 13) or a beer ($ 8).

    Spyglass Rooftop Bar

    With spectacular views of one of the iconic buildings of the Big Apple, the Empire State Building, located on the 22nd floor of theArcher Hotel New York, Spyglass is one of the favorite haunts of the inhabitants of the metropolis. Very not very touristy, so. It is therefore the perfect choice for those who want to sip a signature cocktail, while admiring a breathtaking scenery on the thousand lights of the city.

    The only flaw, if you want to find one, is that the outdoor area is open according to the season and, therefore, closed in winter. But the large windows still offer the opportunity to enjoy the external panorama even in the winter season. Finally, the experience is completed by the musical theme nights.

    Useful Information:

    • Admission is free.
    • The required dress code is elegant-chic.
    • Consumption is not mandatory.
    • Children under 21 are not allowed to enter this venue.
    • The bar is open all year round, with different hours depending on the day of the week.
    • Cocktails start at $ 16, while the glass of wine starts at $ 15. Alternatively, you can opt for a beer ($ 9).

    Roof at Park South

    If you are looking for an exclusive and 360 ° view, this is not the right place. Being on the 8th floor of the building that houses the Park South HotelIn fact, sadly this bar remains a bit sunken between other more soaring buildings. There is something positive, however, that among what can be admired there are the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, which is no small feat.

    The terrace is well laid out, with industrial-chic furnishings and a huge fireplace in front of which to find warmth on the coldest evenings. Soft and enveloping sofas, capacious umbrellas that are opened in case of bad weather and a wonderful green area complete the offer of this place. For those who drink alcohol, it is recommended to order their piña colada.

    Useful information:

    • Admission is free. The dress code is extremely elastic; guests can wear any type of clothing.
    • Consumption is not mandatory.
    • Children under the age of 21 can enter the venue, as long as they are accompanied by an adult, but they cannot access the area of ​​the bar where alcohol is served.
    • The bar is open all year round, with different hours depending on the day of the week.
    • Cocktails start at $ 14.

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

    One of the best ever, both for the very friendly environment and for the atmosphere you breathe. It is located atArlo SoHO, and you can choose whether to stay inside or take advantage of the very welcoming outdoor terrace. The decor is minimal, but chic, with low tables and raffia seats with comfortable cushions.

    The perimeter of the terrace is decorated with many plants and flowers, as well as with exposed brick walls, some of which show graffiti and murals by local artists. The cocktail selection is wide and varied, but the real highlight of the venue is the spectacular view of the Hudson River and the Freedom Tower skyline.

    Useful information:

    • Admission is free.
    • The dress code is elastic; guests can wear any type of clothing.
    • Consumption is not mandatory.
    • Children under the age of 21 can enter the venue, as long as they are accompanied by an adult, but they cannot access the area of ​​the bar where alcohol is served.
    • The bar is open all year round, with different hours depending on the day of the week.
    • Cocktails start at $ 14.

    Rooftop at Time Out Market

    One of the most recent rooftop bars in the history of New York, that of the Time Out Market has immediately established itself among the preferences of New Yorkers. The reasons are many. The casual-chic setting, the location (in the heart of DUMBO), and the incredible view of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline (which are obviously even more magical in the evening).

    In the winter season, they are made available to the customers of the heated igloos, in which to sip your favorite cocktail, in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. And, for those who suffer from the cold, soft blankets and seats padded with fur are available. It should not be forgotten that the menu changes according to the seasons and the ingredients available.

    Useful information:

    • Admission is free.
    • The dress code is elastic; guests can wear any type of clothing.
    • Consumption is not mandatory.
    • Children under the age of 21 can enter the venue, as long as they are accompanied by an adult, but they cannot access the area of ​​the bar where alcohol is served.
    • The bar is open all year round, with different hours depending on the day of the week.
    • Cocktails start at $ 12.

    Elsewhere Rooftop

    Not just a bar, but also a space dedicated to art exhibitions, exhibitions, live concerts, film screenings, DJ sets, the Elsewhere Rooftop is a multifaceted place, perfect for those who want to enjoy a nice evening with friends, or as a couple, but in an unusual way.

    A wide and varied menu of refreshing ice cream cocktails, great canapés to pair with drinks, and spectacular views of the Williamsburg Bridge. The decor is minimal, industrial style.

    Useful information:

    • Admission is free.
    • The dress code is smart.
    • Consumption is not mandatory.
    • Children under the age of 21 can enter the venue, as long as they are accompanied by an adult, but they cannot access the area of ​​the bar where alcohol is served.
    • The bar is open during the summer season, from May to the end of September, with different hours depending on the day of the week. Closed on Mondays.
    • Cocktails start at $ 16.

    Broken Shaker

    It became the most talked about local in New York, when it opened about 4 years ago. Endless queues of young and old, crowded along the block that houses the hotel Freehand new york, waiting to be admitted to the summit. The unleashed tam-tam soon had an explanation: the Broken Shaker is one of the most eclectic places in the Big Apple (both for the location and for the menus offered).

    Syrups, elixirs, freshly made fruit juices, embellish the signature cocktails. The furnishings, as well as the plants, call to mind luxuriant Caribbean jungles. And the proposed music ranges from reggae to vintage sounds. The tables, then, are separated from each other with wooden screens, so as to give even minimal privacy.

    Useful information:

    • Admission is free.
    • The dress code is "fantasy", ie guests are encouraged to dress as they prefer, as long as they have an "unusual and colorful" touch.
    • Consumption is not mandatory.
    • Children under the age of 21 are not allowed.
    • The bar is open all year round, with different hours depending on the day of the week.
    • Cocktails all cost $ 17, beers start at $ 7, wine by the glass costs $ 14.

    Lemon’s at Wythe Hotel

    Located on the top floor of the Wythe Hotel, Lemon's is an elegant but simple location, whose light wood furnishings blend perfectly with the large windows of the building and the trees on the terrace.

    Inspired by the Spanish ritual of the aperitif, the bar offers not only house cocktails, but also appetizers and delicacies to be savored together with the chosen drink. To make it even cooler there are DJ sets based on funk, soul and disco music. From the terrace you can enjoy a privileged view over the rooftops of Brooklyn, Manhattan and the East River.

    Useful information:

    • Admission is free.
    • The dress code is smart-casual.
    • Consumption is not mandatory.
    • Children under 21 are allowed, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
    • The bar is open all year round, with different hours depending on the day of the week.
    • The cocktails all cost $ 16.

    Water Tower Bar

    It is one of the locations more exclusive all over New York, a favorite destination for models and influencers. Built in the shape of a water tank, the venue is located on the top of the Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn and is a mix of wood, glass and metal, with sparkling chandeliers that rain from the ceiling like shooting stars and soft retro sofas alternating with designer seating.

    On the walls, paintings that praise pop-art. The feature that makes it truly unique, however, is its own round shape, which allows you to enjoy a unique and privileged view of the Manhattan skyline.

    Among the rooftop bars in New York, this is the more expensive absolutely. Starting from simple cocktails, which cost from $ 22, up to home-made proposals that cost up to $ 150-200. Without forgetting the gastronomic delicacies, whose economic request can reach $ 525 for the caviar tasting. Excellent music, unforgettable atmosphere.

    Useful information:

    • Admission is free.
    • The dress code is elegant-chic.
    • The drink is mandatory and can only be accessed by booking.
    • Children under 21 cannot enter.
    • The bar is open all year, from Wednesday to Sunday.
    • Cocktails start at $ 22.

    B. On Top at Gansevoort Meatpacking

    Located within the splendid Gansevoort Meatpacking, B. On Top is a cool and very chic place, with a minimal décor, with many decorative plants and an amazing cocktail list. The terrace offers barrier-free views of the Meatpacking District, New York City's illuminated skyscrapers, the East River and the imposing Empire State Building.

    Certainly, this location is one of the best in terms of views of the Big Apple. There are also dishes offered to accompany cocktails, but I do not recommend them. Not because they are not tasty, but rather because the portions, compared to the asking price, are not really worth it. Finally, every evening, the B. On Top is enlivened by really cool DJ sets.

    To know before you go:

    • Admission is free.
    • The dress code is chic. However, entry is subject to the discretion of the venue staff.
    • Consumption is not mandatory.
    • Children under 21 cannot enter.
    • The bar is open all year round, with different hours depending on the day of the week.
    • Cocktails start at $ 25.

    Ophelia Lounge

    Glamor and style, in the heart of Manhattan, the terrace of the Ophelia Lounge is a treat for those who want to enjoy a spectacular view over the rooftops of New York, Midtown East, Roosevelt Island and Long Island City. But not only that: the Art-Deco furnishings, the red velvet sofas with a vintage air and the modern works of art scattered here and there make it one of the most elegant places in the city. Without asking the customers exorbitant prices.

    Its location, then, makes the Ophelia Lounge truly a unique place of its kind: located on the 26th floor of the historic Beekman Tower, the rooftop bar has been able to maintain a strong link with the past, albeit revisiting it in a modern way.

    And, if these characteristics still haven't convinced you, know that characters of the caliber of Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis and Frank Zappa have been frequent visitors to the bar (which already existed, before it was modernized and called Ophelia Lounge).

    Useful information:

    • Admission is free.
    • The dress code is smart-casual.
    • Consumption is not mandatory.
    • Children under 21 cannot enter.
    • The bar is open all year round, with different hours depending on the day of the week.
    • Cocktails start at $ 16, wine by the glass at $ 14, beer starts at $ 8.
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