Having a few cocktails with friends is fun, but when the scenery is spectacular, it is priceless. With the warm weather finally rolling in, we know you’re looking to find the best outdoor watering holes around. Why not head to the roof? A breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline, trendy settings and luscious libations are only some of the perks you’ll find while you’re on top of the world.
A fancy rooftop restaurant for those who like their tasting menus in the sky. On weather-appropriate days $125 (beverages are extra) will get you five courses of a seasonal menu by chef Daniel Humm. Reservations will only be taken online beginning at 11 a.m. on the day of. So …. good luck!
1170 Broadway, Manhattan (347) 472-5660
Located on the roof of Hotel Americano, La Piscine offers commanding views of the western Manhattan skyline, as well as fresh breezes off the Hudson.
The menu, from Executive Chef Joseph Buenconsejo, consists of fresh upscale bar food prepared right out in the open on the roof’s outdoor open grill. There are bowls of succulent grilled octopus and olives, rich baba ganoush with grilled pita, juicy sliders, and things of that nature. Cocktail options include the Hibiscus Margarita, made with infused Tequila, Combier, Agave, and Lime and a Caipirinha, made with Leblon Cachaca, Lime, and Cane Sugar.
518 West 27 Street, (212) 525-0000
Enjoy a view fit for the silver screen and hand-crafted cocktails at the Rooftop Terrace at Renaissance New York Hotel 57. The red brick terrace is thoughtfully appointed with contemporary furniture and a subtle lighting scheme suitable for sunset soirees.
After a long day of meetings, the Rooftop Terrace is the ideal place to kick back and enjoy the city from 17 floors above street level. With dramatic views down Lexington Avenue and 57th Street, a laid-back aura, and a menu of specialty cocktails, there’s no better place to take in New York City.
The Rooftop Terrace at Renaissance 57, which is open seasonally seven nights per week, has been used in multiple television shoots, and made one very recognizable cameo: The Sex and the City opening title frame of the Chrysler Building was shot from the terrace.
130 East 57th Street, Manhattan (212) 753-8841
You will feel like you’ve stepped into 1930′s Shanghai when you walk into this stylish lounge overlooking Fifth Avenue in Midtown. Chic and sophisticated, the East meets West decor is sure to impress the most discerning guest, whether a date, spouse, client–you get the picture. You’ll feel as cool as a cucumber as you sip on the cocktail of the same name or the signature Nina Sling.
The Peninsula Hotel, 700 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan (212) 956-2888
This rooftop lounge comes complete with off-white leather couches, pink drinks, a remixed eighties soundtrack, and views of cruise ships parked in the harbor. Perched in the no man’s land between midtown and the West Side Highway, the wood-paneled space is a nice spot to watch a sunset. To complete the experience, order some tuna tartar and a pitcher of mojitos and stake out a table facing the water.
621 West 46th Street, Manhattan (212) 315-9400
A 60 Thompson Hotel
This ultra-trendy, super chic terrace atop the Sixty Thompson in SoHo is only open to hotel guests, private parties and invited guests or members. If you’re lucky enough to make it to the top, you’ll find yourself among the rich and famous. A 60 is a fave among A-listers including actress Kirsten Dunst.
60 Thompson Street, Soho 212-431-0400
Kimpton Hotels are known for their impeccable service and attention to detail, and the Press Lounge on the 16th floor of their Ink 48 property in Hell’s Kitchen is no exception. In addition to spectacular views of the NYC skyline, there is a captivating reflecting pool, a glass-enclosed lounge and seating for more than 100 guests. The drink prices are reasonable and the light fare (including goat cheese gnocci to die for!) make this a must-do if you’re a guest staying at the hotel.
Ink 48 Hotel 653 11th Avenue Manhattan 212-757-0088
The Idles at The Wythe Hotel
Everyone knows Brooklyn’s where it’s at—and, more specifically, Williamsburg. The epi-center of cool? The Wythe Hotel, a 72-room boutique that’s home to the jam-packed Reynards restaurant from chef/owner Andrew Tarlow as well as an even-more-packed sixth-floor lounge. Think red banquettes and a breezy terrace to enjoy cocktails like Negronis and Dark ‘n Stormys. But the real star up there is the unparalleled view of the dazzling Manhattan skyline
80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718) 460-8000