It's summer in New York City, which means it’s time for sipping refreshing cocktails on the area's hottest rooftops. And thankfully, this city has plenty of rooftop bars and lounges to choose from.
Everything from a garden oasis to an Italian seaside getaway, New York City has you covered when it comes to unique rooftop destinations. Here are five you need to check out right now.
Head over to Chinatown to meet the area's latest Hotel 50 Bowery. From here, you’ll make your way up to the rooftop lounge, The Crown stemmed from Chef Dale Talde and the Three Kings Restaurant Group. Take a seat on a comfy sofa found within the two outdoor patios (or pull up a stool at the indoor bar if you prefer) and catch impressive views of Brooklyn and lower Manhattan as you sip on cocktails with Asian roots. Choose from the East India made with gin, Pimms, ginger, and lemongrass, or The Crown Manhattan mixed with whiskey, vermouth, pepper extract, and bitters. And if you’re really craving something cold, sip on the seasonal slush cocktail infused with dragon fruit, lychee and papaya (with rotating liquor).
Sitting atop Midtown’s Park South Hotel, this rooftop bar showcases the New York City skyline to the fullest. The drinks at Roof at Park South’s coincide perfectly with the bar’s airy feel, featuring plenty of summertime specialities, including Swamp Water made with the French liqueur Chartreuse, a Brazilian Cachaça and fresh pineapple. And with a James Beard Award-Winning chef behind the menu, there’s no way guests aren’t trying Tim Cushman’s fried artichokes with a lemon caper remoulade for dipping or yellowtail poke tacos made with avocado and ají amarillo paste.
A trip to the rooftop at the Pod 39 Hotel is like no other. Set in a colorful space with brick accents and string lights, this outdoor sanctuary is reminiscent to something you’d see in a traditional Mexican city. Witness the city light sparkle from above, checking out views of everything from the East River to the Chrysler Building. As for food, chef April Bloomfield’s own Salvation Taco dishes out plenty of Mexican-style cuisine, including carnitas made with pork and cilantro that pairs well with any of the craft cocktails, especially the Chilean sangria with rosé, Pisco, and bubbles.
Step onto the roof of the The McKittrick Hotel where you’ll find this garden getaway. A hotel known for its theatrical performances and unique dining options, it comes to no surprise that Gallow Green is so inviting. Serving as a bar and restaurant, this gorgeous hideaway has plenty to offer both the hungry and thirsty crowd. Spend the day over scrambled eggs and crispy porchetta during the weekend brunch or shoot for a romantic dinner for two at night, feasting on gourmet pizza or a lobster roll. There are plenty of beer and wine offerings, alongside stellar cocktails like the whiskey-infused Kentucky cobbler mixed with sherry and berries.
If you’re a rooftop enthusiast (which we know you are), chances are you’ve been to Eataly's La Birreria in Flatiron. A beer-focused restaurant (that’s actually a microbrewery) offers everything you want under one roof, including delicious food and tons of craft brews to choose from. And when that’s not enough, there are pop-ups to catch each season, including SABBIA that's modeled after an authentic beach-themed Italian eatery and opened right now. Fuel up on main items, such as seared octopus with olives while enjoying the oyster bar, complete with freshly shucked delicacies from all over. And when you grow thirsty, there is plenty craft brews alongside Italian wines with a vast collection of rosé. But the one drink not-to-miss this summer is the Frosé, a frozen rosé made with vodka, peach liqueur, and pear purée.