The pages of the calendar are blowing over steadily in search of my favorite season, Summer. And while the official start day for vacations may be Memorial Day, that’s not so in the world of rooftop bars NYC.
What better image can you conjure up during a hot day in summer, with the work day ending, then a visit to a fun and lively watering hole. And if that friendly barkeep is ensconced in an outdoor setting of cocktails, wines and beers, oh what a lovely sight.
Yes my friends’ establishments where you can drink alfresco are cleaning out the winter leaves and opening their doors starting this weekend. There is no greater joy than being outdoors with no windows, doors or partitions, savoring your drink of choice, while taking in the absolutely breathtaking scenery of a Manhattan skyline.
As beautiful as the locations can be, you know that 2 schools of thought will be battling over which rooftop bar has the best view, the minimalists who prefer a lower height so they can almost touch the buildings in their sight, or the elevationists who prefer the highest possible floor for a more panoramic setting. Let the debate begin.
This year our list of worthy recipients includes not just Manhattan locations, but I have added 1 from Queens and 1 from Brooklyn. The borough bars give the New York City skyline a magnificent larger than life picture any painter would love to paint.
230 5th Avenue
A very popular spot with a wait sometimes to match. Incredible views of the Empire State Building, and the highest location on the list, the 21st floor.
Pod 39 Rooftop Lounge
Excellent views of Manhattan’s skyline including the Empire State Building, on the 17th floor. A terrific place for a bite is Salvation Taco, located in the lobby. 145 East 39th Street near Lexington Avenue.
Hotel Americano La Piscine
A great spot in Chelsea with views of the Hudson River.
Enjoy a leisure stroll on the nearby High Line Park. 518 West 27 St, near 10th Ave.
Z Hotel Rooftop Bar, Queens
This is the place to take in all of Manhattan’s skyline from the 12th floor. It’s an easy taxi ride 10 minutes over the 59th bridge. 11-01 43rd Avenue. Long Island City. For the fitness buffs take a 20 minute walk over the bridge.
Empire Hotel Rooftop Bar
Gives you a view of Central Park and a lovely setting to enjoy it all. Located on the 12th fl.
44 West 63rd Street, near Broadway
Conrad New York
Wins the best name for rooftop bar Loopy Doopy on the 15th floor.
Located in Battery Park City, Hudson River views. 102 N. End Ave, near Vesey St.
Wythe Hotel Ides Bar, Brooklyn
A beautiful picture of the City’s skyline from the southern point. Cool reason to visit the Williamsburg section, there’s also a footpath over the bridge for the walkers in your group. 80 Wythe Avenue, corner of North 11th Street.
Ink 48 Hotel Press Lounge
A real winner with a very cool atmosphere, located on the 16th floor. Set your sights on the Hudson River. 653 11th Avenue, at West 47th Street.
Hotel Chantelle Rooftop Bar
Best place for rooftop bar goers who are afraid of heights, located on the 2nd floor,
on the Lower East Side. Visit the Essex Street Market indoor gourmet food vendors.
92 Ludlow Street, at Delancy Street.
James Hotel The Jimmy
When you finished shopping in SoHo and need to rest your weary legs. Cool boutique hotel bar located on the 18th floor.
15 Thompson Street, near Grand Street.
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Article written by Bruce Scher, owner of Walking Tours Manhattan, native New Yorker, and licensed tour guide, in business since 2007.
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