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The Hottest NYC Rooftop Bars, According to a Ritz-Carlton Concierge

We asked Keoni Boyer, Assistant Chef Concierge at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park to give us his best recommendations for NYC hottest rooftop bars.

New York is a Vertical City.  When developers started running out of space, they started building up higher and higher, the only way to go.  In the last 10 years or so, owners and developers have started using the space at the very top of these buildings offering amazing views to match their services and products.  Here are some of my favorites in New York City:

The Crown is where you want to be if you happen to be in Chinatown and are looking for somewhere to wash down all that Peking duck while taking in spectacular views of the city.  Located on the roof of the Hotel 50 Bowery, The Crown’s near 360-degree views of Manhattan and Brooklyn will take your breath away. Don't pass up the opportunity to savor Top Chef Alum, Dale Talde Asian fusion menu served there nightly.

I love Gallow Green, it’s my favorite “garden party” in NYC.  This rooftop in West Chelsea is as the name suggests, decked out in greenery and plants throughout the summer months.  In the winter it transforms into a lodge complete with weathered wood walls and herbs drying from the ceiling rafters. The cocktails are second to none and it offers a fantastic brunch on the weekends with live entertainment.  On top of that, there are great views of the High Line and the Hudson River.

St. Cloud feels like a super-luxe experience located at the top of the Knickerbocker Hotel in Times Square.  As soon as you exit the elevators you are in front of an imposing bar flanked by little private nooks.  The money maker is when you step outside and all of Times Square is at your feet. Take a picture of the world famous New Years Ball that may be displaying some of its many colors on it’s multiple Waterford crystal panels. Or enjoy a cigar in the outdoor lounge with cigars curated by Nat Sherman.

Magic Hour Rooftop Lounge
Magic Hour (Courtesy Moxy Hotel)

Magic Hour is a newer rooftop lounge located at the Moxy Times Square hotel. It has a bit of a carnival theme featuring promiscuous topiary, an antique carousel and fantastic views of the Empire State Building.  Add to that mini golf, live acts, carnival-like accents throughout and you have a venue that will keep you busy and entertained. A food with an homage to the state fair is available for those needing a bite.  

Bar 54 is another rooftop bar located 54 floors above the hustle and bustle of Times Square at the Hyatt Centric Times Square.  Currently, they offer seating in two heated, igloo-like translucent bubbles. These are outfitted with couches and chaise lounges to relax and drink in style and offer branded blankets if you get too cold along with a full bar and lite bites. In the summer these are removed to offer unfettered views of the surrounding area.  

Good Behavior is the newest rooftop lounge on the scene and it has made quite an impression.  Located on the 18th floor of the new Made Hotel in NoMad, this is another rooftop bar and lounge with a greenhouse feel with plenty of palm plants and wall greenery. The bar menu is from veterans of Brooklyn’s famous Maison Premiere.  They offer large cocktails for when you have a group, as well as craft beers and tiki drinks.They have indoor and outdoor spaces with views of the Empire State building.

Even though this is technically not a rooftop, Bar SixtyFive is 65 floors above the city and with outdoor seating, there are views for miles.  Sitting just on the other side of the iconic Rainbow Room and in the same building as NBC Studios, Bar SixtyFive feels classy without going overboard serving light bar bites like charcuterie and cheese platters and sushi.