Party Earth Review Once past the velvet ropes and up the elevator, chic patrons find themselves at Sky Room, one of NYC’s highest rooftop bars where the cocktails are as fine as the views. The expansive bi-level venue is composed of multiple... ... read full review
330 West 40th Street
New York, NY
A, C, E: 42nd Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal / 8 Avenue; 1, 2, 3, 7, R, N, Q lines: Times Square-42nd Street / 7 Avenue-Broadway
M−Sa 5pm−4am, Su 3−10pm
Hell's Kitchen, New York –
Once past the velvet ropes and up the elevator, chic patrons find themselves at Sky Room, one of NYC’s highest rooftop bars where the cocktails are as fine as the views.
The expansive bi-level venue is composed of multiple rooms featuring plenty of private VIP tables and open dance areas, though most of the dapper guests who show up early for Happy Hour hit the glass-topped bar in the Main Lounge first.
Long, coffee-colored banquettes face the windows covering one side of the first floor, but those in the know make for the stairs to the Top Lounge, where even wider views leave older suited gentleman and their designer dress-wearing dates speechless.
Low ottomans and small white tables line one side of the second level, each stocked with buckets begging to be filled with high-priced champagne. A retractable roof makes this area usable year round, but the biggest draw is the opposing outdoor space, decked out with pristine white daybeds where guests can snack on salmon toast and sip fruit-infused cocktails as the sun reflects off the Empire State Building.
A cover charge takes effect after 10pm Thursdays–Saturdays, when DJs hit the decks (also spinning Wednesdays with no cover) and turn up danceable beats from hip-hop and Top 40 to random head thumpers that draw a solid crowd of pretty people willing to pony up for the privilege.
It’s a stone’s throw from the tourist madness of Time’s Square, but Sky Room promises a heavenly escape from kitsch.
Successful professionals, fashionistas, European jet-setters, and tourists and suburbanites looking to splurge, late 20s to 40s.
DJs spin dancey jams Wednesday–Saturday nights.
Outdoor cabanas equipped with TVs.
Small menu of delectable snacks including salmon toast, thin-crust pizza, buffalo satay, and royal falafel. Brunch buffet on weekends.
Drink and bottle specials available most nights.
Happy Hour M–F 5−8pm.
Cover charge $10+ after 10pm (Thursdays–Saturdays). Small platters and brunch menu $10−$18.
Beer $8, wine $10/glass or $60−$90/bottle, well drinks $10, cocktails $15, bottle service and party packages $250−$900.
Trendy and dress to impress: Armani suits, sleek button-downs, designer dresses, LBDs, sky-high heels.
Every night has a special and tends to draw a good crowd, but Thursdays through Saturdays see the most traffic, while the Sunday brunch is a popular way to end the week in high style.
Paramount Bar (235 West 46th Street) is another swanky hotel spot, this one located on the ground floor of the nearby Paramount Hotel. It attracts both well-off hotel guests and trendy area professionals with a classy, old-school New York ambiance.