Photo: The Gorbals
With July on its way out (so long, it’s been real muggy), we have one month of true summer left. Yeah yeah, we know it’s a sin to countdown to the end of summer, but we’re only keeping track in an effort to maximize our time, fun and tan. If you haven’t taken your party of one, two or five to a rooftop bar (or rooftop pool) yet this summer, you’re doing summer in New York wrong. Here are six rooftop bars in New York — from Williamsburg and Chinatown to FiDi and the West Village — worth hitting up while the days are long and night air is temperate.
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113 Jane St. at West St., New York, NY
The Jane has an unshakable air of exclusivity that makes it one of the city’s eternal hotspots, whether you’re in the market for a night at the boîte ballroom or a midday avocado toast at Cafe Gitane. This summer season brought one more reason for non-guests to revel at the West Village hotel: the rooftop bar is now open to the public Thursdays through Sundays starting at 5 PM.
Views of: New Jersey and the Hudson
What to order: The Summer Solstice and avocado toast.
98 N. 6th St. between Wythe and Berry, Brooklyn, NY
An LA import from Top Chef’s Ilan Hal, The Gorbals occupies Williamsburg’s Space Ninety 8, a concept-type space most well-known for housing Urban Outfitters. So yes, the restaurant tries as hard to fit the hipster mold as does the retail store it overlooks. If you can’t commit to the kind of Jewish, kind of Scottish, mostly fusion menu in the warehouse-like restaurant, stop by for drinks on the rooftop extension.
Views of: The Williamsburg Bridge and the East River
What to order: The Jet Pilot slushie, House G&T
Photo: The Gorbals
Wyndham Garden Hotel
93 Bowery at Hester St., New York, NY
You probably don’t associate Chinatown with posh rooftop lounges…until now. The newest addition to the NYC rooftop roster is Rooftop93 Bar & Lounge, atop the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Chinatown. The two-story bar starts on the 18th floor with an indoor, floor-to-ceiling windowed lounge, then goes one floor up with an outdoor lounge. There’s a $25 minimum to drink on the rooftop, which shouldn’t be hard to match with the well-crafted cocktail list.
Views of: One World Trade Center and the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges
What to order: The Bowery Boozer
21 Ninth Ave. at W. 13th St., New York, NY
The Meatpacking District has its fair share of rooftop hangs: Le Bain at the Standard, the Gansevoort, or the Beach at the Dream, to name a few. But one of the hotter scenes is taking places on the rooftop terrace of CATCH. It’s perfectly exclusive and dotted with stylish, maybe famous, people.
Views of: Downtown Manhattan
What to order: Lush Lemonade and a seafood tower
160 N. 12th St. between Berry and Bedford, Brooklyn, NY
Since the nearby Wythe Hotel has become overrun with European tourists and various out-of-Brooklyners looking for that taste of Williamsburg cool, for a relatively more chill but mature BK scene, head to Sheltering Sky, the rooftop lounge at the McCarren Hotel, open at 5 PM every night.
Views of: Manhattan and the East River
What to order: Brooklyn Sour
102 North End Ave. at Vesey St.
If you’re wondering where all those derivative-trading Goldman Sachs financiers go to take the day off, you might want to check out Loopy Doopy, the rooftop bar at Battery Park City’s Conrad Hotel.
Views of: Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty and the New York Harbor
What to order: The Boozy Icepop