Contemplating the New York skyline at sunset, with a drink in your hand and in good company is a moment you won't forget during your trip. Don't miss the 10 best rooftops in New York that will put the city at your feet.
1. Rooftop 93
Watching the sun fade away while slowly, thousands of light bulbs lit up New York is one of the best experiences I've had at Rooftop 93, located at the Wyndham Garden Chinatown hotel in the heart of Manhattan.
This is one of my favorite New York rooftops because it has almost 360º views of the city. It is located on the building's top two floors: the first floor is glassed year-round, which is perfect if it's cool outside, and the dim lights inside create an intimate atmosphere. The second floor is open-air and has a rustic-chic style, ideal for those seemingly endless summer mornings.
During happy hour at Rooftop 93, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., beers are $ 7 and cocktails are $ 12 with a buy one, get one offer.
- Where is it: Wyndham Garden Chinatown, 93 Bowery - 18th floor, New York, NY 10002
- Hours: Sunday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
2. Berry Park
Williamsburg's hipster rooftop. If you're looking for a casual place to spend a nice evening with friends, either watching a soccer game or enjoying spectacular views of the city, you'll love Berry Park.
It is located right next to McCarren Park in Brooklyn and despite being on the second floor of the building, the Manhattan skyline looks amazing. The huge rooftop is partially covered and air-conditioned, so it's open all year round. When the weather is nice, their outdoor terrace is a great place to go for drinks and dancing or listening to the DJ's great tunes on Friday and Saturday nights.
I like the rooftop at Berry Park because the atmosphere here is lively and relaxed at the same time. It also has a good Belgian beer menu and the food is a mix of German and American influences. For snacks, the BLT sandwich or a portion of Bratwurst & Fries is delicious although they also have a special brunch menu on weekends from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., in case you feel like doing something different.
- Where is it?: 4 Berry St Brooklyn, NY 11249
- Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.; Saturday 12 p.m. to 4 a.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
3. 230 Fifth
Located right on Fifth Avenue, 230 Fifth is one of New York's most glamorous rooftops and is named precisely for its location at 230 5th Avenue. As soon as you enter you feel that the panoramic terrace attracts you like a magnet to contemplate from there the most impressive views of the Big Apple.
It is a spectacular place. Outdoors it has the largest rooftop garden in the city, where you can have a refreshing cocktail surrounded by palm trees and candles in front of the Empire State while enjoying the typical New York modern ambiance.
Inside there is a large glassed-in lounge perfect for when temperatures are still low. However, if you do not want to give up being on the terrace, during the winter and until May you can book a place in one of their igloos to be warmer and not miss the views of Manhattan. In addition, at night you can enjoy a beautiful light show that enlivens the magic of the moment.
I recommend going to 230 Fifth at dusk to see the spectacular Empire State Building illuminated in front of you, in all its splendor. It is a marvel! However, going in the morning also has its charm because the garden of this rooftop is a beautiful orchard. On weekends they serve brunch from 10 a.m. to 16 p.m. that children can also attend, which is great if you visit New York with your family.
- Where is it located?: 230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001
- Hours: Monday through Thursday 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
4. Broken Shaker
Many New York rooftops look like nightclubs but that's not the case with Broken Shaker, located on the rooftop terrace of the Freehand New York Hotel. With its tropical and relaxed vibe, this bar decorated with wicker furniture and potted plants has become one of my favorite places to have an aperitif accompanied by a delicious cocktail on New York evenings.
Broken Shaker is located on the eighteenth floor of this Flatiron District hotel. If you're looking for a drink on a quality terrace, this place is worth a visit. What makes this bar unique is that it doesn't so much feel like a fancy rooftop as the ambiance is like a party at a friend's beach apartment that you've been invited to.
Upon entering there is a large interior space with many tables as well as a large wraparound terrace where you can also sit and order something to eat while you watch the scenery, such as the tasty chicken empanada or shrimp taco. The cocktails are delicious and are made with fresh fruits, aromatic herbs, and exotic ingredients, which gives them a unique touch.
To go to the Broken Shaker I advise you to arrive early because the place is very popular and sometimes you will find queues. The good thing is that the wait at this rooftop is worth it.
- Where is it: 23 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010
- Hours: Open Wednesday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
5. Westlight NYC
One of my latest discoveries is Westlight NYC: great background music, tasty cocktails, and breathtaking panoramic views of Manhattan and the East River - you're on the highest rooftop in the area! To pick yourself up, there's nothing better than ordering something from the menu to nibble on - how about some chips with chipotle aioli or some crispy calamari? You're sure to have a great time here.
Oh, and if you are traveling to New York with your family, you will love this rooftop because the kids are allowed to enter every day until 6 p.m. It's a great place to drop in after a long walk exploring the Williamsburg neighborhood.
It's located on the 22nd floor of the elegant hotel The William Vale in Brooklyn. If you want to skip the line that forms at the entrance, I advise you to reserve a table as many New Yorkers come here after work to have a cocktail with friends while relaxing watching the sunset over Manhattan.
- Where is it: You'll find it at 111 N. 12th St / 22nd Floor
- Hours: Monday - Friday 5 p.m. -10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.
6. The Lookup
What I like about this rooftop is its simplicity, as it reminds me of the common area of an apartment block where you'd want to hang out over a glass of wine.
The Lookup is a place without artifice, frequented by locals and not so much by tourists. Perhaps that formula is where its charm lies. Also, in its original pitcher cocktails, for which this bar is famous. It is a good option to go with friends if you travel to New York in a group and want to try out different places. Ask for your cocktail with a bowl of their unique popcorn - it's delicious!
One of the advantages of The Lookup is its location: it's on the rooftop of the Kixby Hotel and nearby is Bryant Park, the Empire State Building, Macy's Department Store, and Madison Square Garden. Stop by when the weather is nice and enjoy the stars on a summer night - you won't forget it!
- Where is it: 45 w 35th street, new york, NY 10001
- Hours: Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; weekends from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
7. Harriet's Rooftop
Lush, modern and chic, that's Harriet's Rooftop, the rooftop at the Brooklyn Bridge Hotel in the DUMBO neighborhood. The atmosphere of this rooftop is one of the liveliest in New York and its views are simply unforgettable.
From its large open-air rooftop, you can see Lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, the river, and even the Statue of Liberty, which looks from here like a small souvenir that you can find in any gift store in Times Square or Chinatown. The views from the indoor lounge are also magnificent, especially for enjoying New York at night when temperatures are still cool.
Although the cocktails at Harriet's Rooftop are not cheap at around $ 18, they are worth a try as they are handcrafted and delicious. To contemplate the views of New York from a cool spot like this without a glass in hand to toast with your friends or SO would be to leave the experience incomplete. Plus, there's also a tasty appetizer menu.
Harriet's Rooftop is open every day but the magic hour is right at sunset when the sun goes down and the city is transformed into a light show. This moment is something very special in advance so it's no wonder this rooftop gets crowded. If you can make a reservation, all the better - you'll save yourself the queues!
- Where is it?: 60 Furman St, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201, USA
- Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. and weekends from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.
8. Sky Room
I hope you're not afraid of heights because this is one of the rooftops that will test your fear of heights. Sky Room is the highest rooftop in all of New York!
This bar is located on the 33rd and 34th floors of the Fairfield Inn and Suites Hotel, near Times Square in Midtown Manhattan. The views of Midtown from here are amazing with the Hudson River, Times Square, and the Empire State Building as a backdrop.
The striking thing about Sky Room is that the rooftop has five distinct indoor and outdoor spaces: North Terrace, South Terrace, Balcony Cube, Times Square Lounge, and Candlelight Lounge. It's fun to take a walk around the rooftop because the view is different from each level.
For example, on the 33rd floor, you will find the North Terrace which is open all year round as it is glassed in. On the other hand, on the 34th floor is the South Terrace that has many comfortable areas to relax and rest.
If you have the opportunity, I recommend going to Sky Room on a weekday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. when there is Happy Hour - cocktails and a glass of wine are only $ 7 and beers are $ 5! It's a perfect plan to enjoy New York evenings differently: great views, good company, and late at night, the party starts with a live DJ performance. Of course, to access this rooftop you must be dressed according to the etiquette and carry your passport.
- Where is it: 330 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018
- Hours: Thursday 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 4 a.m.
9. Pod 39
One of the nicest New York rooftops I've been able to experience is at the top of the hotel Pod 39, in Murray Hill. It's popular for its ivy-covered brick arches, glowing string lights, and tiled tables that create a fantastic town square atmosphere on this little terrace with prime views of the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building.
With a Mexican-inspired restaurant open year-round in the hotel lobby called Empellón Al Pastor, the rooftop is open during the summer season. I recommend you head up to Pod 39 at sunset to enjoy the evening with a refreshing pitcher of Margarita, a delicious craft cocktail made with agave, and some tacos to nibble on.
This rooftop has a vibrant and youthful atmosphere, especially for an after-work drink, so if you can, it's best to go a little before the offices in the area close so you don't have to wait in line to get a table.
- Where is it: 145 E 39th St, New York City
- Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.
10. Rooftop Reds
This is one of the biggest rooftop discoveries I made in terms of rooftops in New York. The perfect place to enjoy the views of the skyline of Brooklyn: and the pleasant New York temperatures among vineyards.
A rooftop among vineyards? Yep, you read that right. **Rooftop Reds has its own vineyard planted in large, tall, elongated planters. Not surprisingly, wine is the star drink of this place, although if you are not very fond of the nectar of the gods they also have an excellent beer menu.
This rooftop is located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard area, which was one of the most active shipyards in America during World War II. In 2014, this area was declared a historic district and since then many young entrepreneurs are reworking the area to appeal to visitors and locals alike.
Rooftop Reds: is a space to meet up with friends and hang out over drinks. Whether sitting on the artificial grass, at the tables, or lying on one of the very comfortable hammocks scattered throughout the terrace. An idyllic place to disconnect and enjoy the views of the Big Apple in an original way. Reservations are required.
- Where is it: 299 Sands St, Building 275, Brooklyn, NY 11205
- Hours: Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 12 a.m. to 8 p.m.
11. Tips for visiting New York rooftops
The essential thing is to arrive, sit at a table and order your favorite drink to enjoy the panoramic views from any of New York's rooftops. But to make your experience as complete as possible I give you some tips to visit them:
- Take with you your passport or an identity card because you will be asked for it when you enter because if you are under 21 years old you will not be allowed access.
- However, there are some rooftops that in certain time slots do allow minors accompanied by an adult.
- Almost all rooftops have Happy Hour. If you have planned to go to several, it is best to do it during happy hour to save a little money.
- The minimum tip is 15% when the service was good. When the service was good, the average is 18%, while if the service was excellent, 20% or more is left. As for cocktails, the custom is to leave $ 1 per drink.
- Try to visit several rooftops in totally different areas of New York: the perspectives will be more varied and you will be surprised by the different facets of the city.
- There is no specific dress code for visiting rooftops in New York, as each place has its own atmosphere. However, the most common etiquette is smart casual or casual. And usually more towards smart-casual as the night progresses. Avoid sportswear, flip-flops, Bermuda shorts, hats, and tank tops.
12. Other New York sights worth seeing
If you feel like seeing New York from above, in addition to having a cocktail or brunch on the rooftops we just saw, you can climb one of its many observatories for the best views of the city. Among the most popular in Midtown are Top of the Rock: and the iconic Empire State that you just can't miss.