Five Breathtaking Rooftop Bars In New York City – Forbes Travel Guide Stories


Sony’s Soda Shop
Image courtesy of Sony’s Soda Shop

August is the perfect time to have a drink at one of the many rooftop bars scattered around New York City. Whether you are in the mood to drink a cocktail and look at the view, relax in the sunlight with a cold one or just watch the sun set over the river with friends, the possibilities are endless. Unfortunately, we can not list all the great bottom bars to stop at this season, but to get started, here are five must-visit places:


Go to the recently opened complex Archer Hotel New York In Midtown for a stylish rooftop atmosphere. The view from the 22nd floor is not to be missed as the glass-covered space offers a panoramic view of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings. When you understand the sights, the boutique property’s bar is tempting with a list of cocktails focused on New York, such as the top of the world (apron, watermelon, prosciutto and St. Germain) and the Empire State Building (Jean Hendrick, St. Germain). , Ginger and basil). All food is treasured by Chief David BurkeThe staff of and includes snacks such as smoked salmon flatbread with ramps and fresh horseradish, chickpea chips with chickpeas and candied bacon.

Plunge Bar + Lounge

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Plunge Bar + Lounge, Photo courtesy of Gansevoort Hotel Group

If you want to take advantage of a 360-degree view of the city, the recently renovated roof of the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC is where you will want to do it. Here you can relax in the garden pavilion, order kebabs from the outdoor grill service and sip mango-lime ricksay until the sun goes down. Plung also has an indoor loft with a flat-screen TV, in case the weather turns out bad. On the other hand, if things stay nice, there is an outdoor pool for hotel guests. If you stay dry, be sure to wear casual but fashionable attire because this elegant roof has a dress code.

Sony’s Soda Shop

On top of the Mondrian SoHo you will find a variety of bright green grass, lawn chairs and strings of lights that adorn the roof – and you do not have to be a guest to enjoy it. The 50s beach club backdrop is designed to pay homage to Italy’s Forte dei Marmi beach resort, so inside the 3,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor space, you’ll find cheerful striped umbrellas and an impressive 30-foot mural of the Tuscan coast. . The bar also looks very nice, thanks to seasonal and fresh cocktails in the garden (on the Tequila Avión and full of honeydew it says summer) and the frozen limoncello by mixologist Julio Torres. There is also a gelato counter run by il laboratorio del gelato. In fact, the only thing missing from this beach-friendly array is the ocean.

Eataly's Bury

Eataly’s Bureau, Photo courtesy of Virginia Rolison 004


However, you do not always have to go to the roof of the hotel for amazing views. This is exactly the case with Birreria, a restaurant and bar located on top of Mario Batalli’s Italian food store, Eataly. The best part is that even though this institution sits in the Platyron district, a great beer is never far away. Because of the collaboration with Sam Calagona from Dogfish Fish Head, Theo Musso from Baldin and Leonardo Di Vincenzo from Birra del Borgo, Birria is able to brew fine beers directly on the property. Combine these perfect pints with Eataly’s antipasti variety, sauteed calamari, meat and cheese platters and fresh pastas, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for the perfect summer evening under the stars.

Refinery roof

One of the benefits of taking a hat factory from the turn of the last century and creating a boutique hotel in the clothing district in its place is that you have an area of ​​3,500 square feet above the streets of Manhattan to play with. Climbed upstairs to be impressed by the hotel’s French terracotta and wood-paneled roof space, featuring artificial cocktails such as sparkling gin (Nolt’s gin, raspberry jam and lemon juice) and a menu full of fresh flatbreads, pork belly sliders. , Lobster rolls and other fun bar snacks are happily served. Enjoy sips and snacks outside or, in case of rain, under the removable glass roof, while lounging by the bubbling fountain or watching the cinematic look of the Empire State Building and beyond. It is recommended to book a place.


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