New York is one of the best places to be around summer. Quiet streets, empty subways, and almost no reservations needed. Of course the best places crowd up early, but there’s no reason not to be an early bird.
I’ve frequented 6 different rooftops this season and in no particular order here’s what tops my secret list:
This little gem in Midtown is as cute as you can imagine. As soon as you enter the small lounge space, there are 3 huge window/doors, floor to ceiling that open up outdoors. Walk less than 10 steps and you can see the Empire in all its glory. Try the Moscow Mule – it’s amazing!
This New York classic is on every tourist guide – but there’s a reason. It was, in fact, the first rooftop I went to in the city. And a major go-to. Winter or summer, it’s worth going up the busy elevators to gaze upon an almost 360 view of Manhattan. Try their cosmopolitans or cool off with a Corona.
Sweet Meatpacking District. Have you ever been to that area? It’s buzzing with coolness, amazing restaurants and to-die-for rooftops. You can enjoy the most beautiful sunset over New Jersey with the best soundtrack and spot in the city. That’s a view you cannot miss.
Art with a side of cocktail? Sign me up! The MET is one of my favorite museums in the city, and it comes with a rooftop bar. It’s only open during working museum hours, but it’s worth taking the trip upstairs to enjoy the view with a – rather expensive – drink. It can get a bit crowded, but totally worth the squeezing.
A recent invite from Miss Z herself took me up the Jane Hotel into their rooftop bar. You can experience a tiny bit here and gaze upon 12th avenue and New Jersey. It’s a cozy spot where you feel like you could be in your apartment’s balcony.
The recently opened 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a major must-see-and-be. No other view is better with a cocktail in your hand and your camera in the other. It can get too crowded – being new and all – but it’s definitely worth enjoying. You get that beautiful sunset only New York can give us.