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The NYC Rooftops You Need To Hit This Summer
We won't call this list definitive, because rooftops are, after all, all about spontaneity. And, with three summer months to get your toes wet (literally and figuratively), there's just enough time to dabble in all of the different vibes this city's sky-high spots have to offer. Spend the rest of June drinking fancy cocktails and dancing the night away by a moonlit pool. In July, consider an elevated brunch, where the Benedicts and Bloodys only rival the views. By August, we'll all be ready to cut the frills, grab a seat, and chow down on tacos on a terrace in the clouds.
Allow these spots to satisfy your deep-diving, fun-loving, hard-partying summer cravings. Cheers to raising the bar — on the roof.
Tiki Tabu At Sixty LES
Perfect for: A tropically airy, plant-filled, and above all relaxing tiki-style evening nestled atop one of the LES's hottest hotel rooftops.
Soak in views of: Downtown Manhattan
Signature Cocktail: The "Florida Fashion" — Gem & Bolt mezcal, passionfruit and camomile gomme syrup, blood orange, and bitters.
Tiki Tabu, 190 Allen Street (between E. Houston and Stanton Street); 212-460-5300.
Brooklyn Grange Rooftop
Perfect for: Not your average city rooftop experience — this sky-high Brooklyn farm offers up unique, bookable afternoon and evening affairs; from Beekeeping 101 to specially catered dinners and much more.
Soak in views of: Manhattan Skyline and surrounding Brooklyn buildings.
Perfect for: The rooftop experience that you crave in Manhattan — but with less stress, craftier cocktails, and cooler Williamsburg vibes.
Soak in views of: The whole Manhattan skyline from a BK vantage point (plus an additional voyeuristic view through the available binoculars).
Signature Cocktail: "The Viking Shandy" — Aquavit, gin, Strega, lemon, grapefruit, Saison Beer, dill, and coriander.
Westlight, 111 N. 12th Street (At Williamsburg North Side) in Brooklyn; 718-307-7100.
Perfect for: Getting that "Top of The Rock" view without dropping $$$ on a ticket — Bar Sixty Five is a hidden gem adjacent to Rock-Center's infamous Rainbow Room. Walk-ins are welcome, so come for sunset drinks and bites.
Soak in views of: Panoramic views of NYC
Signature Cocktail: "Black Orchid" — Allaire Vodka, Creme de Violette, lemon juice, and peach bitters.
Bar SixtyFive, 30 Rockefeller Plaza (At Rainbow Room); 212-632-5000.
Perfect For: Keeping up with trendy spots and a classic NYC scene. This Lower East side rooftop has been all the hype on social media, and we see why. With a chic ambiance and sleek design, Public is the perfect spot to hang out and watch the sun set.
Soak in views of: That Manhattan skyline
Signature Cocktail: Vodka Thyme Lemonade
Public, 215 Chrystie Street (At Stanton Street); 212-735-6000.
Jimmy At the James
Perfect For: Not your typical sleek NYC rooftop vibes — this downtown Soho spot is more of a modern take an old-school pub (only a whopping 18 floors up). The interior boasts a working fire place with wood-accented decor. Oh, and there's also a pool.
Perfect for: An intimate, relaxed setting to enjoy a house made drink during happy hour. This LES spot is for people who don’t want to deal with the overhyped and crowded typical city bar scene — at least until word gets out.
Soak in views of: The Manhattan Skyline
Signature Cocktail: There's actually no drink menu — so it's up to you to pick your poison.
Aeté Rooftop, 151 E. Houston Street (Between East Houston and 2nd Avenue); 212-777-0012.
Rooftop 93 Bar and Lounge
Perfect for: Actually affordable happy hour drinks in the city's open air.
Soak in Views of: Downtown Manhattan (Brooklyn Bridge, Freedom Tower, AND The Empire State Building)
Signature Cocktail: "Rooftop Rum Punch" — Bacardi coconut and lemon rum, Marnier, grenadine, 7-Up, and pineapple juice.
Rooftop 93, 93 Bowery (Between Canal and Hester streets); 212-966-9033.
The Roof at Viceroy New York
Perfect For: If you're in need of a change up from the downtown scene; complete with full dinner menu and a weekend DJ spinning tunes.
Soak in Views of: Central Park and Upper Manhattan.
Signature Cocktail: "The Rooftop Lemonade" - fresh-squeezed lemonade, Belvedere vodka, and cucumber.
The Roof, 124 West 57th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenue); 212-707-8008.
Perfect For: An escape from Manhattan complete with a glass of wine from this urban vineyard (tastings optional, but encouraged).
Soak in Views of: Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines
Signature Cocktail: A glass of their signature vino.
Rooftop Reds, 63 Flushing Avenue (Between Ordnance Avenue and Cumberland Street) in Brooklyn Navy Yards; 571-327-3578.
Hudson Hotel Sky Terrace
Perfect for: Lounging in what feels like a private terrace with some serious views — and sensational cocktails for sipping.
Soak in views of: The Hudson River and Statue of Liberty