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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.