NYC Rooftop Bars Overview

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Nothing beats drinking in the open air – except doing so while surrounded by the New York City skyline. That chance to drink among the glittering diadems of the world’s greatest city is exactly what NYC rooftop bars offer their lucky guests.

No matter what, rooftop bars in New York involve a certain sense of luxury – there’s no such thing as a rooftop dive – which means that trendy neighborhoods like Chelsea and the Lower East Side are the name of the game. Birreria on top of Eataly goes for a terrace dining atmosphere, its guests getting fine Italian specialties and craft beer at tables beneath a lavish retractable roof.

Other places, like Jimmy at the James Hotel and PH-D atop the Dream Downtown, use the surrounding skyscrapers more as scenery, viewable from leather couches on the other side of glass walls. But it’s the sprawling terraces of celeb-studded spots like 230 Fifth that do it best, with their massive outdoor bars equipped with private booths, heat lamps for the winter, and enough top-shelf liquor to placate even the thirstiest jet-setter.

Those who dislike upper-crust fanfare should keep their feet on the ground, since New York rooftop bars involve lots of velvet rope, private elevators, and jacked-up prices. But for guests with the coin and the connections, these high-flying hot spots are a perfect place to get a cocktail and relax among the stars.

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