NYC’s Best Rooftop Bars & Restaurants

Food, Nightlife, What's New — By sarahpruitt on April 29, 2010 at 1:48 pm

New York City is gearing up for some warmer weather—in anticipation of summer, here are five of the city’s most inviting rooftops, ready for your eating and drinking pleasure. No memberships or secret keys required.

The new rooftop bar at the Roosevelt Hotel (open limited hours now, full season begins in May) has been called an “alternative to the madness” of velvet ropes and crowds that characterizes many of the city’s popular outdoor spaces. Located on the hotel’s 19th floor, the interior of mad46 opens directly onto a terrace. There is no cover charge and no minimum. Guests can take advantage of drink specials (such as “when it rains, we pour” on rainy nights; the terrace has retractable awnings), a light menu and great views of the Midtown skyline.

View from 230 Fifth, by sunshinecity via Flickr

230 Fifth
On the top of a nondescript office building in the Flatiron District is where you’ll find 230 Fifth, the city’s largest rooftop space. The outdoor area boasts a ton of wooden benches and garden-style chairs, along with swaying palm trees and several bars serving (expensive) drinks in plastic cups. It all comes second to the view—you’re sitting in the middle of the city’s sparkling skyline, with a particularly stunning view of the Empire State Building.

The Delancey
The Delancey, located on the Lower East Side, is a rock club without a lot of attitude; there’s no velvet rope policy, though it can get crowded on warm weekends. Three levels include a basement performance space, a main level and a rooftop that’s open during the summer months. The rooftop scene is Lower East Side meets South Beach, complete with benches, fountains, palm fronds, even a BBQ—all with an amazing view of the Williamsburg Bridge.

AVA Lounge at the Dream Hotel
The 15th floor roof deck of AVA Lounge at Midtown‘s Dream Hotel serves up Key Lime cocktails and other libations in a beach-themed space, complete with wicker furnishings and a large palm tree. From the southwest end of the deck, you can look straight down Broadway into the glittering heart of Times Square; change places, and you can enjoy a summer sunset over the Hudson River.

In addition to yummy Mexican food, this Carroll Gardens (Brooklyn) restaurant features a roof deck dining area open year-round for brunch and dinner. Alma‘s deck space is heated in the winter and open-air in the summer, and boasts unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline. The views are best enjoyed at sunset, with a margarita in your hand.

What are your favorite outdoor bars and restaurants in New York City?

Tags: brooklyn, brunch, club, Cocktail Bar, drinks, empire state building, lower east side, manhattan, Nightlife, outdoors, rooftop, spring, summer, times square, view



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