Our favorite NYC rooftop bars for summer

Upstairs at the Kimberly has a classy vibe. Credit: Provided
Upstairs at the Kimberly has a classy vibe.
Credit: Provided

Loopy Doopy at the Conrad Hotel
102 North End Ave., 212-945-0100

Tucked away in Battery Park City, Loopy Doopy is the perfect escape for those looking to avoid the Midtown crowds. The seasonal rooftop bar 16 stories up offers views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. Nibble on bites like pickle peppers with white bean hummus and olive oil kettle chips, and dive into the roof’s signature prosecco-ice pop hybrid, which dunks a popsicle into a fishbowl-sized glass of bubbly. The cocktail is available in five new flavors this season: appletini (with Absolut hibiscus vodka), orangeade (with Cointreau), morello cherry (with 10 Cane rum), lime margarita (with Sauza blue agave tequila) and pina colada (with Malibu coconut).

Sky Terrace at the Hudson Hotel
356 W. 58th St., 212-554-6217

Once you’re up the neon-lit escalator and in the swanky hotel’s wood-paneled lobby, take the elevator to the 15th floor for this sunny spot. Beat the heat with specialty sangria, in flavors like pear limoncello and kaffir lime-sake. The views span the Hudson River, all the way to the Statue of Liberty.

Upstairs at the Kimberly
145 E. 50th St., 212-888-1220

Take in a 360-degree view of Manhattan on top of the Kimberly Hotel: The 3,000 square-foot space features three separate indoor and outdoor areas, replete with tufted banquets, twinkling lights, a retractable glass ceiling and plenty of greenery. The space purposely stays away from outdoor lounge-type furniture in favor of a grander, more elegant setting (think tufted leather banquets and heated hardwood floors). Sample small plates from chef David Andrews, who honed his skills working alongside Marcus Samuelsson, and sip cocktails by mixing maestro Alex Ott of SUSHISAMBA fame.

Pod 39 Hotel
145 E. 39th St., 212-865-5700

What the microhotel lacks in room size, it makes up for with a roof deck. Decorated with brick arches and terracotta columns, the two-story open space boasts views of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and East River. Enjoy an abbreviated menu from the April Bloomfield-led Salvation Taco, whose permanent digs are downstairs.

The Press Lounge at Ink 48
653 11th Ave., 212-757-2224

What do Midtown, the Hudson and New Jersey look like from 16 stories up? Visit The Press Lounge and you’ll find out. The sister joint to the hotel’s well-received PRINT. Restaurant, The Press Lounge carries a bit of refinery — no flip-flops, baseball caps and athletic tees allowed. But once you’re in, prepare to be dazzled: Cool your feet in the rooftop’s narrow, shallow pool, take a seat in a wicker pod near the portable fireplace or span the crowd from the glass-walled enclosed space. Bonus: The roof provides eye-level views for Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks.

Follow Meredith Engel on Twitter @MeredithAtMetro.



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