Spring is just around the corner and summer will be here before we all know it. These precious warm months are the time we take advantage of all the outdoor activities that New York City has to offer. In recent years New York City has seen a huge influx of rooftop bars, restaurants, and lounges. While most of these rooftops stay open all year round many of them are booming during the warmer months and rightfully so. There’s nothing better than drinking, eating, and taking in some of the best views of Manhattan. Below are five rooftops you should visit next time you’re in New York City.
Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel
Upstairs at the Kimberly is located in the heart of Midtown East Manhattan and boasts both a classy yet elegant vibe. When I came here in the summer it definitely felt more spacious and open, but recently visiting this winter the retractable roof glass ceilings did not take away from the ambiance. The stunning 360 views of the city from its three different seating areas immerse you into a front row seat of the skyscrapers surrounding you. Be sure to wear something nice, as the clientele at this rooftop are hip, trendy, and classy. Along with the “Chrysler” (one of their famous drinks) I recommend the small plates at this rooftop, which are delectable!
Located in the heart of the Garment District, I had a chance to visit this rooftop recently. When coming to this exclusive rooftop atop the stylish boutique Refinery Hotel, I strongly recommend making reservations. This rooftop is also year round that features a spacious outdoor terrace for the warmer months. The interior is decorated with a brick/wood combination to give it that industrial garment district feel. Walking outside you’re immediately greeted by the Empire State Building lighting up the New York City skyline. The crowd you’ll find here is usually a mature eclectic mix of the after work native New Yorkers and out-of-towners. Come get refined at this rooftop.
Located in the Meat Packing District, there are very few rooftops as exclusive as Catch Rooftop. Keeping up with the club scene and it surroundings, Catch is decorated with trendy yet modern furniture with its vibrant lights. Don’t be surprised if you run into a celebrity here as I’ve personally seen Calvin Harris walking out of Catch on a random Sunday. Catch also has an indoor and outdoor section with great views of New York City’s Midtown Westside. I recommend coming here for a nice after dinner cocktail and watch as the roof evolves into a bustling crowded nightclub. Harboring some of the most exclusive local DJ’s, this is definitely a spot that can turn from a calm evening into a night you’ll never forget.
The Press Lounge
Located on the West Side of Manhattan atop the Ink48 hotel, The Press Lounge boasts some of the best views of New York City. Being the only unobstructed rooftop on the list, you are able to watch the sun set over the Hudson River and also take in the full view of Manhattan. Touted and reviewed by New York’s biggest newspapers and websites, The Press Lounge is a must for tourist and New Yorkers alike. They have everything from beautiful chic décor, local sourced food, and seasonal drinks. The cool breeze from the Hudson mixed with calming tunes will leave you at ease. So if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of midtown, do yourself a favor and stop by The Press Lounge.
Located in the Flatiron District above the famous Eataly is La Birreria. Although not as elegant as the other rooftops mentioned, La Birreria is definitely the biggest rooftop on the list. Imagine a massive rooftop beer garden serving you homemade Italian cask beer along with impeccable Italian dishes. This rooftop would be perfect for a laidback Sunday afternoon with friends and family. With all the rooftops focusing on ambiance and elegancy, La Birreria is the change of pace that everyone needs.