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10 best rooftops of New York

You come to New York to enjoy yourself, and after a long day of sightseeing, sightseeing and strolling, continuing to enjoy the sights and lights while sipping a cocktail is a must.

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

12 min read

10 best rooftops of New York

Night views of Manhattan | ©Hellotickets

Contemplating the New York skyline at sunset, with a drink in hand and in good company is a moment you won't forget on your trip. Do you like the idea? Then do not miss the 10 best rooftops in New York with which you will feel the city at your feet. This is undoubtedly one of the plans you have to do in New York.

Also, check out our guide to the best places to eat in New York to complete your cocktail in the heights with a good menu to satisfy your appetite.

1. Rooftop 93

Manhattan views from Rooftop 93| ©Rooftop 93
Manhattan views from Rooftop 93| ©Rooftop 93

Watching the sun fade away and slowly thousands of light bulbs come on to illuminate the New York night 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 revolves around the top two floors of the building: the first floor is glassed in 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 the seemingly endless summer mornings.

During Rooftop 93's happy hour, between 5 PM and 8 PM, beers are $7 and cocktails are $12 Bogo 50%. That is, if you order one cocktail you will get another one at no additional cost. (Bogo= buy one get one). If you feel like a bite to eat afterwards, check out this guide to the best places to eat in Chinatown.

Practical Info

  • Where is it located?: Wyndham Garden Chinatown, 93 Bowery - 18th floor, New York, NY 10002
  • Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 5PM to 12 AM; Friday and Saturday from 5 PM to 2 AM.

2. Berry Park

Berry Park Terrace| ©Brownstoner Pages
Berry Park Terrace| ©Brownstoner Pages

The most hipster rooftop in Williamsburg. If you are looking for a casual place to spend a pleasant evening with friends, either watching a soccer game or enjoying spectacular views of the city, you will 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 is open all year round. When the weather is nice, its open-air terrace is a great place to go for a drink and a dance or DJ set on Friday and Saturday nights.

I like Berry Park' s rooftop because the atmosphere here is lively and relaxed at the same time. It also has a good Belgian beer menu and the food has 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 12PM to 3PM, if you feel like doing something different. Here is also the guide with the best places to eat in Brooklyn.

Practical Info

  • Location. : 4 Berry St Brooklyn, NY 11249
  • Hours: Open Monday through Thursday from 5 PM to 2 AM; Friday from 4 PM to 4 AM; Saturday from 12 PM to 4 AM; Sunday from 12 PM to 2 AM.

3. 230 Fifth

The Terrace at 230 5th| ©230 5th
The Terrace at 230 5th| ©230 5th

Located in the heart of Fifth Avenue, 230 Fifth is one of the most glamorous rooftops in New York 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 enjoying the typical modern atmosphere of New York.

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 before you, in all its splendor. It's a marvel! However, going in the morning also has its charm because the garden of this rooftop is a beautiful garden. On weekends there is a brunch from 10 AM to 16 PM that children can attend, which is great if you are visiting New York with your family.

Practical Info

  • Where is it located? 230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001
  • Hours: Monday through Thursday from 2 PM to 2 AM; Friday from 4 PM to 4 AM; Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 2 AM.

4. Broken Shaker

The Broken Shaker Terrace| ©NY Eater
The Broken Shaker Terrace| ©NY Eater

Many rooftops in New York look like nightclubs but this is not the case of Broken Shaker, located on the 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 are 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 an upscale rooftop as the ambiance is like a party at a friend's beach apartment to which you've been invited.

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 delicious 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 queues form. The good thing is that the wait at this rooftop is worth it.

Useful Information

  • Location. : 23 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010
  • Hours: Open Wednesday through Sunday from 3 PM to 11 PM.

5. Westlight NYC

The terrace of the Westlight NYC| ©TripAdvisor
The terrace of the Westlight NYC| ©TripAdvisor

One of my latest discoveries is Westlight NYC: great background music, tasty cocktails and panoramic views of Manhattan and the East River that will take your breath away - you're on the highest rooftop in the area! To recover, there's nothing better than ordering something from the menu for snacks: how about fries with chipotle aioli or crispy calamari? You'll enjoy like a kid!

Speaking of kids, 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 PM. 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 The William Vale hotel in Brooklyn. If you want to skip the line that forms at the entrance, I advise you to book a table as many New Yorkers come here after work to have a cocktail with friends while relaxing watching the sunset over Manhattan.

Useful Info

  • Where is it?: You'll find it at 111 N. 12th St / 22nd Floor
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 5 PM -10 PM; Saturday and Sunday 1 PM - 10 PM

6. The Lookup

The Lookup Terrace| ©Look Up
The Lookup Terrace| ©Look Up

What I like about this rooftop is its simplicity, as it reminds me of the common area of an apartment block where you would want to hang out over a glass of wine quietly.

The Lookup is a place without artifice, frequented by locals and not so much by tourists. Perhaps that formula is where its charm lies. There and in its original pitcher cocktails, for which this bar is famous. It is a good option to share with friends if you travel to New York in a group and want to try different varieties. Accompany them with a few servings of their peculiar 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!

Practical Info

  • Where is it located. : At 45 w 35th steet, new york, NY 10001
  • Hours: Monday through Friday from 4 PM to 11PM; weekends from 12 PM to 11 PM.

7. Harriet's Rooftop

Harriet's Rooftop| ©Time Out
Harriet's Rooftop| ©Time Out

Exuberant, modern and chic, this is Harriet's Rooftop, the terrace of 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 from here looks like a small souvenir that you can find in any gift store in Times Square or Chinatown. The views from the interior lounge are also magnificent, especially for enjoying New York at night when temperatures are still low.

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 place as cool as this without a glass in your hand to toast with your companion would be to leave the experience incomplete. In addition, there is also a menu of very tasty appetizers.

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 the queues!

Useful Information

  • Where is it?: 60 Furman St, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201, USA
  • Hours: Open Monday to Friday from 5 PM to 12 AM and on weekends from 2 PM to 12 AM.

8. Sky Room

The Sky Room Terrace| ©Revelr.com
The Sky Room Terrace| ©Revelr.com

I hope you're not afraid of heights because this is one of the rooftops that will test your vertigo - theSky 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 is the North Terrace and it is open all year round as it is glassed in. On the other hand, on the 34th floor is the South Terrace and has many comfortable areas to relax and unwind.

If you have the opportunity, I recommend going to Sky Room on a weekday from 5PM to 7PM 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 in a different way: 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 well dressed and carry your passport.

Practical information about the Sky Room

  • Location. 330 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018
  • Hours: Thursdays 5 PM to 2 AM; Fridays and Saturdays 5 PM to 4 AM

9. Pod 39

The terrace of Pod 39| ©Pod39
The terrace of Pod 39| ©Pod39

One of the most beautiful New York rooftops I've seen is atop the Pod 39 hotel 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 in the afterwork, so if you can I advise you to go a little before the offices in the area close so you don't have to wait in line to get a table.

Practical Info

  • Location. : 145 E 39th St, New York
  • Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 12 PM to 11 PM; Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12 PM to 1 AM.

10. Rooftop Reds

Rooftop Reds| ©NYC Go
Rooftop Reds| ©NYC Go

This is one of the greatest discoveries I made in terms of rooftops in New York. The perfect place to enjoy the views of the Brooklyn skyline and the pleasant New York temperatures among the vineyards.

A rooftop among vineyards? That's right, 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 area of Brooklyn Navy Yard, 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 locating here to give it a renewed air.

Rooftop Reds is a space to gather 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. Of course, reservations are required.

Practical Info

  • Where is it located? 299 Sands St, Building 275, Brooklyn, NY 11205
  • Hours: Friday 4 PM to 9 PM; Saturday and Sunday 12 PM to 8 PM

Tips for visiting New York rooftops

The essential thing is to arrive, sit at the table and order your favorite drink to enjoy the panoramic views from any of the rooftops in New York. But to make your experience as complete as possible, here are some tips for visiting them:

  • Bring your passport or ID with you because you will be asked for it when you enter because if you are under 21 years old you will not be allowed to enter.
  • However, there are some rooftops that allow minors accompanied by an adult in certain time slots.
  • Almost all rooftops have Happy Hour. If you are planning to go to several, it is best to do so during happy hour to save a little money.
  • The minimum tip is 15% when the service has been correct. 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 dresscode for visiting rooftops in New York, as each place has its own atmosphere. However, the most common etiquette is elegant, 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 City 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 to have the best views of the city. Among the most popular in Midtown are the Top of the Rock and the mythical Empire State Building. If you prefer the views of southern Manhattan, I recommend the One World Observatory and if you want to visit the newest of the city and are not afraid of vertigo, try The Edge.