Hudson Terrace

Rooftop Bar / Rooftop Lounge
Hudson Terrace Hidden behind an austere façade by the West Side docks is Hudson Terrace, one of the most sought-after hotspots in the city for twenty-somethings with money to burn. New York United States 40.7639398 -73.9975438
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Hudson Terrace - Rooftop Bar | Rooftop Lounge in New York.
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Party Earth Review Hidden behind an austere façade by the West Side docks is Hudson Terrace, one of the most sought-after hotspots in the city for twenty-somethings with money to burn. Unless they have a table reservation, hopeful guests... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    A, C, E: 42nd Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal-8th Avenue; C, E: 50th Street-8th Avenue

  • Phone:

    212-315-9400

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  • Hours:

    Tu–W 5pm–1am, Th 5pm–2am, F 5pm–4am, Sa 10pm–4am; Rooftop Garden Lounge open May–October

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Hudson Terrace Review

The Scene

Hidden behind an austere façade by the West Side docks is Hudson Terrace, one of the most sought-after hotspots in the city for twenty-somethings with money to burn.

Hidden behind an austere façade by the West Side docks is Hudson Terrace, one of the most sought-after hotspots in the city for twenty-somethings with money to burn.

Unless they have a table reservation, hopeful guests can expect to wait in line before being escorted up a long flight of stairs into one of three destinations.

The large, dimly-lit Salon on the lower level, which features Swarovski crystal beaded chandeliers, tufted red leather couches, and a white marble bar, is usually packed to the rafters with swarms of highly styled young urbanites who gather for cocktails by candlelight or spontaneous dancing.

The Garden Terrace, a long and narrow patio on the same level, provides some outdoor seating and another small bar, but the real scene takes place at the Rooftop Garden and Lounge on the third floor, an open-air venue where bottle service is a status symbol and groups of outgoing young professionals jealously guard their tables and beige banquettes.

Floor to ceiling windows offer views of the USS Intrepid and sunsets on the Hudson River, though most patrons don’t notice, since they are too busy making their way to the sunken center of the space to mingle by the ivy-covered trellises and rough limestone bar, dance to the pumping pop of the DJ, or drift off to a cozy nook to stretch out on lounge chairs or swing in the hammock.

Although the classic patio furnishings and open sky create a pool-deck ambiance, Hudson Terrace is anything but relaxing, and guests should be ready for incredibly loud music and a wall-to-wall crowd that never stops moving.

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Tip from Adriana:

When summer rolls around, Hudson Terrace is the perfect place to throw on a Marchesa halter dress, grab a gimlet and scope out the sunset and the cute Patrick Bateman lookalikes at the same time.

  • Crowd

    Fashionable young professionals, socialites, and affluent Ivy Leaguers, early to late 20s. A more corporate crowd for certain events.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs on each floor spin a mix of pop, techno, 80s, and rock. Occasional live bands perform for special events.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Appetizers and party platters including shrimp skewers, beef sliders, and mini tuna tacos. Happy Hour Tu–F 5–9pm.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $12–$15, party platters $89. Beer $8, wine $9–$13, cocktails $12–$15, bottles $325–$600.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Business casual during the week, party chic on weekends (dresses and heels). Dress code: no sneakers, jerseys, hats, or graphic t-shirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights get the biggest crowds as well as anytime for the sunset over the Hudson.

  • Close By

    Pacha (618 West 46th Street), one of Manhattan’s mega-clubs, is open until 6am and makes for a great after-party spot.

Hudson Terrace User Reviews

Average rating:
Underage kids and poor service
Sanam S. Oct 27, 2013
Maybe it was an off-night, but my Thursday night at Hudson Terrace left a lot to be desired. We booked one of the tables on the rooftop for a group of 8 of us. We didn't see the second floor as we went straight to the rooftop in the tiny, weirdly lit elevator. The rooftop itself is very nice, with tables scattered all over and slightly more private, cabana-style tables on the edge. The view of Manhattan is absolutely gorgeous! Unfortunately, we were given a table right next to the dance floor, but everything else was already filled. We ordered two bottles and initially, the service was speedy and we were definitely having fun for the first hour or so. I have no idea who was the DJ that night, but he seemed to be very popular amongst the younger college crowd because we were literally the oldest people there (and we're in our mid-20's). His music had it's hits and misses. Things started going downhill when an extremely inebriated young woman started dancing quite violently in front of our table and, naturally, slipped and knocked everything to the ground. Thankfully she wasn't hurt, but our drinks were smashed and our bags and shoes were completely ruined. We tried to get the management's attention but we couldn't find anyone. We tried heading over to the bar, but the crowd around the bar was abysmal because there was only one bartender who was completely swamped with orders! After 15 minutes, we finally found our server and informed her of what happened. They quickly cleaned it up and informed us that we would have to order our drinks again and pay for them again. After explaining the situation (that it wasn't our fault), the manager came over and tried to explain that someone has to pay for the drinks either us or the poor girl who fell over. After a heated argument, they replaced our drinks for free. We decided to call for the cheque right after that because we weren't risking the same thing happening again - the crowd was getting more belligerent. It took us almost a half hour to pay our bill, because the management had the audacity to come up to us and request a bigger tip! Our server had disappeared for about half an hour, they tried to get us to pay for our drinks again, and argued with us - they're lucky they got a tip at all! After explaining that a bigger tip warrants better service, we booked it out of there.
The Best Kept After Work Secret
Tina R. Jun 29, 2013
Summer is here again, which means ill be headed out to Hudson Terrace for after work drinks once again! This rooftop venue offers an incredible view of the city and provides a great atmosphere for relaxing after work with good friends and a cocktail. The decor here is modern and chic but still very comfortable. If you're lucky enough to snag one of the cabanas, you could almost forget that you're in the middle of Manhattan. The drinks and appetizers are decently priced considering the location. The appetizers were fairly inventive (lots of things on sticks) and were pretty good although I wouldn't say that anything necessarily made my taste buds tingle, and my party and I did try several dishes off the menu. But the honest to goodness best part about this place is that during the week they sometimes offer after work specials, often including a free cocktail. They're usually not too packed on weekdays so you can really sit back and enjoy the view. The staff is incredibly friendly, especially since there's not a huge crowd, and will actually come talk to you and make sure you're Comfortable. Also, make sure you sign up for their emails because they send out invites to special events like beer tastings, food competitions, and private parties. I actually received an invite to an event with some of the players from the Giants after they won the Superbowl!!!
Awkward 6th Grade Dance Feel
Kira I. May 28, 2013
Terrible, awkward, overpriced, and HILARIOUS! I came here for an event called Spring Cocktail Wars, a Iron Chef style bartending competition thrown by iAdventure where the audience votes on which bartender makes better drinks. Sounds like a great idea for an event right? Couldn't be more wrong! I almost gave this place two stars because the crowd was so uncomfortably awkward that my girlfriend and I spent the entire time people watching and laughing uncontrollably. It was certainly good for a laugh but I have never seen a more uncomfortable group of people to be around. The entire event was the least classy cocktail party imaginable with people scarfing down finger food, going so far as to CHASE down the servers for more. The guests were ghetto and loud, making hilarious comments and faces at the drinks they tried. The music was ok, definitely top 40 and had everyone bumping to the beat but staying on their side of the room, hence the 6th grade dance vibe. As if all this wasn't bad enough, when we found out the whole competition was rigged (they make the cocktails ahead of time) it was the ultimate disappointment. I guess this is a review for iAdventure's event more than the space itself, but the venue was nothing special. Not a nice view like I expected and we were invited to the "after party" which was just as disappointing. This place is so out of the way of a train and definitely not worth it! Stay away, not worth your money...
Fulfiled The Itch To Dance
Sam A. Jan 31, 2013
Hudson Terrace served as my gateway into the New York club scene just a few Fridays ago and I must say I was quite impressed. Definitely get your name on a VIP list beforehand to ensure your valuable time is spent waiting at the bar for a $12 cocktail which you'll ultimately sweat all out on the dance floor instead of outside in line only hoping you'll blow all your hard earned cash. I had a surprisingly smooth experience: waltzed right in past the line, came in contact with the most friendly elevator attendant who prepared me for what was about to come. Handed over my heavy winter coat and got right out on the dance floor. Spent the rest of the night as Hudson Terrace's offical Go-Go dancer, or so I thought. And let me tell you, they make you feel like a superstar. If you need a good confidence booster girls, here you go. If you're looking for a young, trendy and energetic environment with fun dance music, cheeky drinks and people who are always down for a good DP, I would stop looking elsewhere for plans this Friday night. And to top it all off, they have a retractable roof to cool you off at that point in the night when your dance moves are on fire!!
Great for afterwork
Risa C. Nov 26, 2012
My friend threw a launch party here for an EDM website, and it was a huge hit. Its Midtown location makes it great for having or attending an after work type party with a good crowd of people who like to let loose to some good music after a long day of work. It's also quite the experience on the weekends with a good mix of locals looking for a good night out, and tourists on the vacation hook up scramble staying at the hotel. I do strongly recommend making a bottle service reservation though if you're going on a weekend night since there's always a line.
Free Open Bar!
Alicia B. Nov 3, 2012
I've been to the Hudson Terrace more than a few times. I used to go at night with a promoter (definitely recommended as there is always a line of people clamoring to get in). It gets pretty packed. The crowd is pretty much a mix of your usual high-end club goers. But the best times I've had here were on Thursdays during the free open bar. It's a happy hour promotion that I don't think a lot of people know about. Granted, you do have to schlep to the edge of town in your happy hour best, but it's so worth it for free drinks and you can actually enjoy the view. The space is beautiful, the crowd is more sophisticated and chilled out, and there's a lot more breathing room. It's really just a totally different, more after-work kind of vibe. Highly recommend that.
Great for a Private Event
Chelsea D. Oct 8, 2012
First, let me say that I haven't actually been inside this place. I tried to get in about 2 years ago over the summer and decided that waiting in line wasn't worth it. I'm used to lines in NYC, but I don't think I've ever seen one that long. Anyway, I decided to write a review because a company that I used to work for held a gala here. From what I heard: the venue was beautiful, staff was pleasant and everyone had a great time. The only complaint was that the space was a little small for our group - 300+ people. If you have a smaller group, I would definitely recommend Hudson Terrace as an event space.
Decadent Playhouse for New York's Finest
Daniel H. Aug 15, 2012
Came here on a Saturday night at about 1:30am, wasn't sure if we could get in (was with a few guys), but after some smooth talking to the bouncer and a couple of $20 covers, we were admitted into the lobby, where we were greeted by some beautiful hostesses who led us up the elevator to the Hudson Terrace. We entered straight into a hedonistic scene of pounding house music, light shows, and girls in designer dresses and heels dancing on tables. The club definitely caters to the bottle service crowd, with almost more booths than standing room, and most of the girls won't look twice at you if you don't have a table and some liquor to offer. Lots of status hierarchies going on inside, but there were enough ridiculously hammered people (including me) to make Hudson Terrace a really fun and sloshy club experience of jumping and dancing and drinking with the trendiest patrons in Manhattan. Being on a rooftop right on the Hudson River, I imagine the views during the day or sunset drinks would be breathtaking, but the nighttime scene definitely focuses on the music and the people inside. If you're looking for somewhere to get bottle service, or are an attractive girl, I'd give Hudson Terrace a 4/4, but for guys or large groups just hitting up a club for dancing, you might be better off paying the more expensive cover at Pacha across the street.
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