9 NYC Rooftop Bars Not to Miss

Ahh..summer. The days are long, lazy and meant to be enjoyed from above. Whether indulging in brunch on the weekends, sipping cocktails after work or having a night cap, rooftop bars offer stunning views, delicious and innovative menus and an escape from the bustle of the street. Next time you are West of LI, check or one or two or more of these not to be missed rooftop bars. Start looking at those train schedules now.

Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

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image: loopy doopy bar

Situated 16 stories high at the Conrad New York, Loopy Doopy has stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River. The seasonal rooftop bar has a brand-new look and feel for 2015, with new furniture, a new layout and innovative new menu items. Try the Prosecco and Ice Pop, an alcohol-infused people’s pop served in a glass of Prosecco from Loopy Doopy’s very own tap. Not to be missed on the food menu are the BRUFFIN(tm), brioche-like pastry filled with a variety of sweet and savory ingredients.

SPYGLASS Rooftop Bar

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image: the spyglass

Atop the Archer Hotel, Spyglass Rooftop Bar is a throwback to another era. The rooftop bar is a contemporary interpretation of the classic sophistication and luxury reminiscent of 1940s and 1950s glamour in New York. But while Spyglass is a hotspot for some of the city’s most fashionable events, it’s also a comfortable escape for New Yorkers. Experience the breathtaking panoramic views, it’s got one of the best views of the Empire State Building, while enjoying small bites and crafted cocktails.

SUSHISAMBA

Sushisamba Rooftop. image: sushisamba

Sushisamba Rooftop. image: sushisamba

This is the rooftop bar most people don’t know exists. It’s open, airy and lovely. The sun hits at just the right spots and the design feels like a Brazilian summer. Enjoy a Caipirinha or a Mojito on the rooftop.

The Skylark

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image: the skylark

In the heart of the Theater District, the Skylark Roof Deck sits 32 stories up, offering beautiful panoramic views of the Hudson River, Empire State Building and Midtown Manhattan. Mixologist Johnny Swet oversees the drinks, creating indulgent specialty cocktails made with seasonal ingredients. Try the Mexican Rose of Casamigos Silver Tequila, muddled strawberries, lime, agave and cilantro.  The Skylark is the place to go for after-work drinks, pre/post theater or simply to hang out and enjoy the view.

Cantina Rooftop

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image: cantina

Escape to Mexico while staying in Midtown. The year-round Cantina Rooftop is only steps away from the Hudson River, but with a retractable rooftop, a 20-seat bar and lounge and an 80-person outdoor dining area you’ll feel you’re somewhere else. You can’t go wrong with a frozen margarita.

LOCL View

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image: locl view

The seasonal pop-up outdoor bar on the rooftop of the NYLO Hotel features seasonal cocktails, live acoustic music and stunning views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline. Located on the Upper West Side, LOCL View is celebrating the warm temps with six new seasonal cocktails. Try the Lady Day, a gin cocktail with house-made lavender-mint syrup, fresh lemon and sugar rock candy or The Tiger Lilly, featuring Canton Ginger Liquor, Pavan French Cordial, pink grapefruit juice and blackberry beads.

Upstairs

Upstairs at night. image: upstairs at the kimberly

Upstairs at night. image: upstairs at the kimberly

The stunning penthouse level lounge of the Kimberly Hotel sits 30 stories high in Midtown Manhattan and features three separate indoor/outdoor atmospheres and retractable glass ceilings. Open all year, the place feels sunny and sophisticated in the summer seasons. Creative cocktails and small plates are served nightly year round, but in the summer the Electrolyte cocktail (muddled watermelon, pineapple juice, lemon and vodka) is a must-sip.

The Roof at Viceroy New York

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image: the roof

With soaring views of Central Park and innovative menu items that include Straciatella Toast with Ndjua, the Roof at Viceroy New York is not to miss. Designed to evoke the feeling of being on a yacht, the Roof features a lounge and outdoor terrace that lets you take in the bustle of the city while being removed from the hecticness of it all.

Hotel Chantelle Roof

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image: chantelle

Whether enjoying brunch on the weekends, sipping cocktails after work or indulging in Executive Chef Seth Levine’s mouthwatering dishes, the rooftop at Hotel Chantelle is the perfect place for any occasion. Decorated with lamp post lighting, park benches and draping floral greeneries, guests can enjoy this relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere that transports them from the busy streets of NYC to a beautiful Parisian garden located in downtown Manhattan. Take advantage of the sunshine-filled weather by sipping on a Delancey Punch (pyrat xo rum, tawny port, pineapple and lime).