THE BEST ROOFTOPS FOR SUMMER

Summer is all about going to pools, hanging out with friends, sunny days, and long nights. Rooftop bars provide all of this and are the perfect go-to for summer. To keep you in the loop, check out The Untitled Magazine‘s list of some of the best rooftop destinations in New York City.

Jimmy at the James Hotel

Jimmy at the James Hotel. Photograph courtesy of Jimmy’s.

Jimmy at the James Hotel is located on 15 Thompson Street on the 18th floor of the James Hotel in Soho. It has stunning views of Midtown, Wall Street, the Hudson River and the tops of the bridges on the East River. During the summer after 3 pm on the weekends, there are rooftop pool parties with DJs and cocktails for hotel guests and non-guests.

Pod 39

Pod 39 Rooftop. Photograph by Dave Wilson.

At the Pod 39 Hotel at 145 East 39th Street, not only do they have a playroom and a taqueria, but also a rooftop bar with beautiful columns lining the edge of the roof on the 17th floor. Mixologist Sam Anderson features tequila-inspired cocktails at the bar.

Maxwell’s Chophouse

Maxwell’s Chophouse Rooftop. Photograph by Jules Filicia.

Maxwell’s Chophouse is NoMad’s new premier steakhouse restaurant and private rooftop garden at 1184 Broadway (at 28th Street). Their most known for their 40-day in-house dry-aged beef, but its swanky decorations, gold trimmings and downtown views steal the show.

Soho House

Soho House Rooftop. Photograph sourced from Soho House.

Soho House NY first rose to fame in an infamous episode on Sex in the City. The private member’s club is known for it’s roof top pool and chic member crowd. You can bring three guests as a member so don’t despair-you might get lucky. The rooftop has views of downtown and the Hudson River with food and drinks served all day. You can also apply for a membership if you like the exclusive vibe this venue has to offer.

Gansevoort Hotel

Gansevoort Meatpacking on the left and Gansevoort Midtown on the right. Photographs sourced from Gansevoort.

Up next is the Gansevoort, which has two locations; one in Meatpacking and another in Midtown. The Meatpacking location at 18 Ninth Avenue (at 13th Street) has a 360-degree view of the city. It has a loft feel to it with plenty of seating, an outdoor BQQ, and an outdoor bar with a translucent roof. At the Midtown location at 420 Park Avenue South (at 29th Street), the rooftop has a pool, fireplaces, a patio, terraces, and a main bar that has ceiling to floor windows that display the city skyline.

Refinery Rooftop

Refinery Rooftop. Photograph sourced by Refinery Rooftop.

Refinery Rooftop is also located in Midtown, right under the Empire State building at 63 West 38th Street. The seasonal cocktail list is curated by Alex Ott who uses his extensive background in biochemistry to create new and delicious cocktails. In the kitchen, Executive Chef Jeff Haskell uses locally sourced ingredients to make his dishes. The rooftop itself is decorated with string lights, plants and rustic furniture.

The Ides Bar at the Wythe Hotel

The Ides Bar at the Wythe Hotel. Photograph sourced by the Wythe Hotel.

The Wythe Hotel at 80 Wythe Avenue has one of the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn at the Ides Bar. It has an unbeatable art deco style with unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline. Every day on the patio, there is a rosé bar that can be bought by the glass or bottle. The menu prices are inclusive of the service, so there is no need to tip.

Mr. Purple Bar at Hotel Indigo

Mr. Purple Bar at Hotel Indigo . Photographed sourced from Mr. Purple.

At 180 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side, Hotel Indigo has a 15th floor rooftop bar called Mr. Purple. The bar has humongous windows showing off the skyline with cozy lighting and furniture. On the terrace, there is even outdoor purple seating.

Park South Hotel

The Roof at the Park South Hotel. Photograph sourced from the Park South Hotel.

In NoMad, the Roof at the Park South Hotel serves views of the city with cocktails and Mediterranean food. It has umbrella and fireside lounge areas with skyline views of the Lower East Side.

The Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel

The Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel. Photograph sourced from the McKittrick Hotel.

At The McKittrick Hotel at 530 West 27th street, the rooftop is covered in green. Gallow Green rooftop bar and restaurant gives off a green-garden vibe with it’s numerous plants, string lights, and wooden furniture. Every Saturday and Sunday starting on April 29th, they serve brunch on the rooftop, which is perfect for summer Sundays.

The Window Room at The Delancey

The Window room at The Delancey. Photograph sourced from The Delancey.

Not too far from the Williamsburg Bridge in the Lower East Side is The Delancey at 168 Delancey Street. When entering, guests are greeted by the long bar illuminated by a candlelit ceiling. The bar also has a chandelier lit VIP room, a window room, and red booths that may all be reserved on a nightly basis at no charge. The rooftop has a retractable roof, showing off the nearby bridges and river, and the skyline.

Le Bain at the Standard Hotel

Le Bain view. 

Le Bain is a penthouse discothèque and rooftop bar on the roof of The Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking district. It is located at 444 West 13th Street and is open to hotel guest and outsiders at a first come, first serve basis. It has a pool, dance floor, and fake grass section where there is also a crêperie.

Sunsets at the Jane Hotel

Sunsets at the Jane Hotel. Photograph sourced from The Jane Hotel.

Also in the meatpacking district is the Jane Hotel’s rooftop bar called Sunsets. It overlooks the Hudson River, where the sun sets in the west. It is considered an indoor and outdoor lounge. It serves drinks in an elegant atmosphere with a wooden bar and chandeliers. Be sure to make a reservation as it is a reservation only bar.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hyla Skopitz, The Photograph Studio, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Copyright 2014.

For all the art lovers out there, The Met Rooftop Garden is the perfect spot for you. Take the elevator in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts galleries at The Met to the fifth floor to get the best view of Central Park. Along with the drinks, every summer there is a new art installation on the roof that is not too far from the bar.

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