New York's Best Rooftop Bars

Drinking outdoors is always better. Thankfully, with stellar views & some REALLY tall buildings, NYC has some of the best rooftop bars, lounges, and restaurants in the world. Make the most of your rooftop bevs with our picks for the best rooftop bars in New York City.


Updated: July 29, 2021



Ampia

100 Broad St. | FiDi

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The Mediterranean-inspired bi-level venue offers classic Italian dishes and a much-needed escape from everyday chaos. With gorgeous floral decor draped across this expansive FiDi rooftop, get transported to an oasis & expect an extensive array of cocktails + Italian goodies. The restaurant is open Monday – Friday from 4PM – 11PM and Saturday – Sunday from 12PM – 11PM.



Fornino

100 Broad St. | DUMBO

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Fornino has an elevated seasonal spot at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park that's open daily (weather permitting). Take in summer sunsets from this spacious rooftop complemented by chef & owner Michael Ayoub's wood-fired pizzas, salads, sandwiches, in addition to Blue Marble ice cream + seasonally summer cocktails. The rooftop is open daily beginning at 12pm.



Haven Rooftop

142 W 47th St. | Midtown

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Haven Rooftop above the Sanctuary Hotel in Midtown is the perfect escape any time of year. Haven offers delicious food & craft cocktails. Favorites include sliders, tuna tartare, Buffalo wings, Branzino, and Steak Au Poivre with peppercorn sauce. Pair that with a Cloudtini or summer sangria for a truly elevated experience. Haven is open seven days a week and offers a bottomless brunch on the weekends.



Sushi Lab Rooftop

142 W 47th St. | Midtown

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Also at The Sanctuary Hotel in Midtown, Sushi Lab offers guests a creative spin on traditional sushi from Executive Chef Frankie Chen in a gorgeous canopied rooftop setting. The restaurant features Japanese small plates, along with creative Nigiri, Sashimi, and Maki sushi. Of course, the star of the show is their omakase experience, utilizing only the freshest ingredients. Sushi Lab Rooftop is open seven days a week, Monday from 5PM – 10PM and Tuesday – Sunday from 12PM – 10PM.



Ainslie

76 Ainslie St. | Williamsburg

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Ainslie Executive Chef John DeLucie and lead pizzaiolo Erasmo ‘Mino’ Lassandro offer a tasty menu of wood-fired pizzas, pastas, free-range chicken, NY Strip Steak, Atlantic Salmon, and Wood Fired Rosemary Wings.  The restaurant, wine bar, and beer garden also offers an extensive alcohol menu. They have an All You Can Drink Brunch on Saturdays & Sundays from 12PM – 4PM. Ainslie is open Monday - Thursday from 5PM – 11PM, Friday 4PM – 11PM, and Saturday – Sunday 11AM – Midnight.



Bar Marseille

190 Beach 69th Street | Rockaway Beach

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Bar Marseille in the Rockaways is a bright, airy outdoor patio and rooftop deck. The seaside restaurant has a strong coastal vibe & features an eclectic collection of French Riviera flavors. This nautical favorite is open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner and on the weekends for brunch and dinner service.



6 Sudyam St | Bushwick


Oysters? Live entertainment? $5 happy-hour house cocktails from 5PM-8PM? What more could you want? If your answer is “nothing”, then turn Bodeguita in the heart of Bushwick. 



605 W 48th St | Hell's Kitchen


Tacos, margs, and a DJ spinning tracks define this Hell's Kitchen classic. If you go with a group, you can also order the “Big Ass Taco” which, according to a solid Yelp review, left a party of six feeling full.  



27-05 39th Ave, Top Floor | Long Island City


Plenty of seafood options & beach-inspired cocktails atop this glamorous LIC gem. Not to mention some of the best views of the Manhattan skyline!



Cloud Social 

6 W 32nd St | Times Square

Not all rooftops come with an upcharge when it comes to having a good time. Cloud Social Rooftop Bar caters to a more casual crowd, but their Hot Whiskey Cider caters to everyone.



525 Greenwich St | Soho


Be transported to Havana at this cantina-style spot that offers a 360-degree view of the city. 



133-42 39th Ave | Flushing


This botanical casual-chic eatery is a feature of the Hyatt Place, offering Taiwanese cuisine and signature cocktails like the Chrysanthemum Old Fashioned.



92 Ludlowe St | Lower East Side


Styled after a Parisian park, this French eatery is perfect for brunch & hosts a weekly rooftop lobster bake. 



Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room

30 Rockefeller Plaza | Midtown

This ritzy terrace is the cocktail-lover’s alternative to the Top of the Rock experience — a wrap-around view from the city's highest-perched bar at 65 floors up.



Penthouse 808

8-08 Queens Plaza S | Long Island City

The lounge on top of the Ravel hotel boasts beautiful views of Roosevelt Island & Manhattan's eastern skyline as the first building on the Queens waterfront south of the Queensboro Bridge.



47 W 38th St | Midtown


Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, this Midtown hotspot is designed to grant patrons that 'je ne sais quoi' looking at all the city dwellers below. Doesn't hurt to have one of the best views of the Empire State Building in the city. 




If you're looking to change it up, also check out our list of NYC's Best New Bars.