The 2016 Ultimate Guide to NYC Rooftop Bars

The temperature is mild, the air is fresh and so are the cocktails. It’s finally outdoor drinking season! There’s no better way to imbibe than on a rooftop. Whether indulging in brunch on the weekends, sipping cocktails after work or having a nightcap, NYC rooftop bars offer stunning views, innovative menus and an escape from the bustle of the street. Next time you are West of LI, check one or two or more of these not to be missed rooftop bars.

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 is famous for its Prosecco and Ice Pops, an alcohol-infused people’s pop served in a glass of Prosecco from Loopy Doopy’s very own tap. Try the Blueberry Peach, Strawberry Lemongrass or Empire Apple. Go.

Hudson Terrace

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image: hudson terrace

Blaring music, plush interiors and a year-round roof deck with river views make Hudson Terrace a hidden party spot in Midtown West. You’ll find the standard nightclub fare, order the tasty tuna tartare and if you’re nice to the bartenders you may score some free drinks. Go.

SPYGLASS Rooftop Bar

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image: the spyglass

Atop the Archer Hotel, Spyglass Rooftop Bar is a throwback to 1940s and 50s glamour. 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, its got one of the best of the Empire State Building, while enjoying small bites and craft cocktails. Go.

SUSHISAMBA

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This is the rooftop bar most people don’t know exists. It’s open, airy and lovely. Located on the corner of Barrow and Seventh Avenue South, the space feels like summer in Brazil. Enjoy a Caipirinha (the Shishito Pepper with muddled limes, churned with shishito peppers, sugar and cachaça is a favorite) or a classic Mojito on the rooftop. Go.

Monarch

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True to its name, every spring and summer Monarch on West 35th Street undergoes a metamorphosis, losing its enclosed winter structure and allowing guests to enjoy the warmer weather from above. Order the signature Monarch Moon (midnight raspberry moonshine, martini rossi bianco, fresh grapefruit and grapefruit oils) and raise a glass to spring. Go.

Cantina Rooftop

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Escape to Mexico while staying in Midtown. 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. Culinary master Gonzalo Colin offers a menu of Modern Mexican that pairs perfectly with mixologist Nelson Lemus’ Mezcal libations. You can’t go wrong with a frozen margarita, though. Go.

LOCL View

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image: locl view

The warm weather 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. Try the Gypsy Girl featuring pineapple infused tequila, Cointreau, grapefruit zest and cinnamon or the Cocol Locl of fresh shaved coconut, coconut rum, mint and simple syrup. Go.

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. Open all year, the place is a sunny, sophisticated retreat from balmy summer days. 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. Go.

The Roof at Viceroy New York

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image: the roof

With soaring views of Central Park, classic cocktails and innovative menu items, The Roof at Viceroy New York is not to be missed. 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 from above it all. Go.

Hotel Chantelle Roof

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image: chantelle

Decorated with lamp post lighting, park benches and draping floral greeneries, the rooftop at Hotel Chantelle will transport you 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) and indulge in executive chef Seth Levine’s mouthwatering dishes. Go.

Mr. Purple

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New this year, Mr. Purple is a vibrant, artistic bar in the Lower East Side with an indoor space and two outdoor terraces. The larger includes a swimming pool and the smaller is ideal for hosting intimate gatherings. With beer on tap, wine, classic cocktails like an Old Fashioned and specialty cocktails, Mr. Purple has something for every type of al-fresco drinker. Go.

Look for our can’t miss Long Island rooftop bar pics in the July/August issue.