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Top Four Rooftop Lounges in NYC

Enjoy a bird's-eye view with your libations at NYC's popular rooftop lounges.

If you want to enjoy incredible views with your lively libations, nothing beats a trip to one (or more) of New York City’s many rooftop lounges. “From a relaxing happy hour after the workday is done to a pre- or post-theater drink, hanging out at one of the Big Apple’s rooftop lounges is the en-vogue thing to do,” said Joseph Herrans, the concierge at W New York – Union Square. Here, he shares a few of his favorites.

W New York – Union Square
Joseph Herrans, concierge at W New York – Union Square (Courtesy W New York – Union Square)

Jimmy might just be the greatest spot in NYC for a daytime weekend date,” Herrans said. Perched on the 18th floor of The James New York hotel in SoHo, this rooftop lounge evokes a 1970s vibe, complete with modular furniture and dark cinnamon-hued tile walls. From the 14-foot windows and sprawling roof deck, visitors can take in Instagram-worthy views of the downtown neighborhood, as well as the Financial District, Midtown and the Hudson and East rivers. Although the venue is open year-round, during warmer weather, you can enjoy specialty cocktails like the Grilled Pineapple Mojito and Pumpkin Margarita poolside while people-watching and soaking up the sun.

Jimmy at The James
Jimmy is perched on the 18th floor of The James New York hotel. (Courtesy Jimmy at The James)

In the Meatpacking District, close to the Whitney Museum of American Art, Catch Roof is a “slick, bi-level space known for celebrity sightings and 'Top Chef' winner Hung Huynh's seafood menu,” Herrans said—adding that “this gem is a favorite among the natives.” While seated at rustic leather banquettes, visitors can nosh on Salmon Belly Carpaccio and King Crab Spicy Hand Rolls while they gaze out at the awe-inspiring Manhattan cityscape from the venue’s home on the penthouse level of a downtown building.

Hugging Manhattan’s western reaches, Hudson Terrace boasts “exceptional views of the Hudson River and New Jersey,” Herrans said. “Lined with fantastic cabanas, the plush deck is actually air-conditioned in case it gets too hot.” The nightlife destination and event space, located in a converted turn-of-the-century stable, also has an up-close view of the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, now a museum docked at Pier 86.

230 Fifth Avenue
230 Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District boasts the largest rooftop lounge in the city, according to Herrans. (Courtesy 230 Fifth Avenue)

The aptly named 230 Fifth Avenue, located at 230 Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District, is “New York City’s largest outdoor rooftop lounge,” Herrans said. The massive space features an outdoor roof deck, tranquil garden, indoor lounge and up-close views of the Empire State Building.