Best Rooftop Bars and Lounges in NYC

Rooftop bars are a great place to hang out during warm spring or summer nights, especially in New York. No matter where you are, there is bound to be a great view. This list provides details on some of the best rooftop bars in Manhattan.

Cantor Roof Garden Cafe at the Met

The Met’s seasonal roof garden showcases a new exhibit each year. Buy a drink (or several) and view the artwork, as well as the gorgeous view of Central Park. The Garden Cafe is only open until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Sundays, and till 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (The entire Museum is closed on Mondays). The Met is located at 82nd Street and Fifth Ave.

Rare View

Appropriately named, this rooftop bar provides views of the both the Empire State Building and the Chrysler building. The bar hosts DJs every Wednesday and Thursday. The bar is decorated with strings of lights to make it a gorgeous place to be after dark. Located on Lexington Ave at 37th Street, Rare View is open till midnight.

230 Fifth

This huge rooftop bar also provides great views of NYC landmarks, and is decorated with white canopies above rows of wooden benches. As a popular spot, depending on the night of the week, you may wait to get in. Open till 4am, 230 Fifth is located, well, at 230 Fifth Ave, between 26th and 27th Streets.

The Delancey

Decorated with palm trees, lounges and a fountain, this beautiful rooftop bar hosts a variety of specials: an all you can eat barbecue on Wednesdays, two for one specials Sunday and Mondays, and private party bookings on Saturdays, although these usually need to be made well in advance. Located on Delancey Street between Attorney and Clinton Streets, the Delancey is open till 4am every night.

Plunge

Located on the rooftop of the Hotel Gansevoort on 9th Ave at 13th Street, this lounge gets packed on weekends. If you must go on a Friday or Saturday, and can afford to splurge, consider getting your own table with bottle service. Otherwise, plan a mid week outing. The views of the Meatpacking District are worth it. Open til 3am every night.

Ava Lounge

Set on the roof terrace of the Dream Hotel on W 55th St between Broadway and Seventh Ave, this beach themed rooftop bar is formal wear only: no jeans or sneakers. However, the stunning view of Times Square in the evenings is worth it, even for the seasoned New Yorker. Ava Lounge is open till 2am Sunday through Wednesday, and 4am Thursday through Saturday.