Eataly's rooftop bar brews its own beer onsite. Credit: Provided
For New Yorkers, what we lack in backyard access, we make up for with rooftop privileges. After all, who needs grill cleanup when you’ve got a server pouring you drinks and heavenly views of the skyline? These venues will give you a taste of the high life this summer.
Plunge Rooftop + Bar Gansevoort Meatpacking 18 Ninth Ave., 212-660-6736 Yes, it’s a bit touristy, and the cocktails are hella expensive, but the rooftop has just been renovated and still offers can’t-beat 360-degree views of the city. Toast to the Gansevoort’s 10th anniversary while enjoying your seat in the back garden cabana.
Yotel 570 10th Ave., 646-449-7790 New York’s largest outdoor terrace hosts boasts food by the team behind China Grill and plenty of sun during the day. A DJ sets the beat during brunch.
Soaked at Mondrian Soho 9 Crosby St., 212-389-0000 After dinner at the hotel’s gorgeous Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar, stick your toes in the (artificial) grass and peer out over the balconies. Are those twinkling lights coming from skyscrapers, or just the strung lights on the deck here?
Gerber Group’s The Roof 124 W. 57th St., 212-707-8008 An addition to the rooftop scene this summer, this one — on top of the Viceroy New York — boasts views of Central Park and fancy furnishings in walnut and leather. Sip small-batch spirits or regional craft beers.
Pod 39 145 E. 39th St., 212-865-5700 The rooms at the budget-friendly hotel might be tiny, but the penthouse rooftop is not. Step into the outdoor brick terrace and order up drinks and snacks from downstairs’ April Bloomfield-led Salvation Taco.
Hudson Terrace's weekday happy hour on its rooftop is a good deal. Credit: Provided
Hudson Terrace 621 W. 46th St., 212-315-9400 You could come on a weekend to hear a DJ spin, but the weekday happy hour is pretty solid: $4 Bud Lights and $6 margaritas and cosmos. On Taco Tuesdays, Coronas are $5 and tacos are $3. Plus: Take a cab via Uber and they’ll match it up to $25 and take it off your bill.
Birreria NYC Eataly, 200 Fifth Ave., 212-937-8910 While you wait for your table at Il Pesce or La Pizza & La Pasta, kill time at Eataly’s rootop biergarten, where the beer is brewed 30 feet from your seat and the snacks are Italian by way of Germany and Austria. You might like the digs so much that you end up canceling your dinner in favor of a rooftop meal.
Gallow Green 542 W. 27th St., 212-564-1662 Can't get in to "Sleep No More"? You can still get a feel for the place at the McKittrick Hotel's rooftop garden, just steps away from the High Line. Enjoy small bites, punch and, on weekends, bottomless brunch.