You did it–you made the perfect profile and now you’ve set up a date. This leads you to the next obvious question: where are you going to go on your date?
The good news is, you’re in the Big Apple, and the city has all kinds of treasures to work in your favor. Why not take advantage of one of the city’s best resources (the view) and spend some time at one of the best NYC rooftop bars?
Here, we’re taking a look at seven of the best rooftop bars in New York, so you can be sure to get your date off on the right foot.
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The Press Lounge
If you want New York’s sexiest rooftop bar, check out the Press Lounge. There’s a distinct aura of swankiness you won’t find anywhere else.
Located in Hell’s Kitchen on the 16th floor of the Ink48 Hotel, Press Lounge offers solid views of the Hudson. You’ll figure out the swanky vibe as soon as you spot the reflecting pool, elegant decor, and the offerings on the cocktail menu.
The good news is that Press Lounge isn’t prim about it–there’s a fireplace and cushioned rattan sofas, so you can be comfortable while you impress.
Westlight at the William Vale
If you want to go all out to impress a special someone, go to Westlight at the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg. When we say it’s one of the best rooftop bars in Brooklyn, we mean you don’t just have a view. You have the view.
We’re talking nearly panoramic, unobstructed views of Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, which can be enjoyed either from outdoor tables or indoor couches.
Sure, the menu is a bit pricier than the fare you would find 22 stories below, but chef Andrew Carmellini’s upscale food is downright inspired. Think eggplant dumplings, the most decadent potato skins in the city, and the Giddy Up (gin, yellow chartreuse, ginger, and celery).
Pod 39 Rooftop Bar and Lounge
The views will remind you that you’re still in the Big Apple, but there’s a certain escapism in Pod 39 that lends itself to a great date.
If anything, the brick arches and colorful tiles feel more Latin American street fair than Manhattan, but that works in Pod 39’s favor. The cocktails certainly help too–think Chilean sangria, fruity drinks, or the ever-classic margarita pitcher.
Plus, the menu features several specialties by Salvation Taco, and what’s a more delicious and fun way to start a date than margaritas and tacos?
A word to the wise, though: Pod 39 is truly open air, so check the weather before you make a reservation.
We’re pretty sure if you looked up “hidden treasure” in a New York dictionary, there would be a photo of Gallow Green.
Located in Chelsea on the roof of the McKittrick Hotel, Gallow Green is basically The Secret Garden (if The Secret Garden were a hip rooftop bar in NYC).
If you’re looking for a breathtaking skyline view, Gallow Green isn’t your bar of choice. But that’s hardly a drawback–it has plenty of magic all its own. You’ll think you jumped through a rabbit hole into a lush secret paradise with romantic lighting, lush flower trellises, even an antique train car.
All the better to get a little closer on a first date–because what’s more romantic than someone into Chelsea’s best-kept secret? Did we mention the nooks and crannies and pizza?
If you want a better chance of getting a table, you could do worse than 230 Fifth in Flatiron, which is one of the largest indoor/outdoor rooftop bars in the city. And it overlooks the Empire State Building, to boot.
It’s open year-round (think inflatable igloos in winter and heat lamps on chilly evenings) a happy hour on weekdays from 2 to 7 p.m. There’s also a great brunch menu on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., all without a pretentious vibe.
If you want to take the tastes of Chinatown to the next level, check out Dale Talde’s handiwork at the Crown, located on the 21st floor of the Hotel Bowery 50.
Despite the massive bottle-service menu, the vibe is actually pretty low-key (if you get there before the crowds set in). Cocktails are served at an interior lounge facing the deck, but the menu features neighborhood flavors like dragonfruit, lychee, and papaya with sake, soju, and the more traditional beer and wine.
The decor is minimal (portraits of Bowie and Biggie and floor-to-ceiling windows) but when you have views like these, the decor doesn’t need to be fussy. The Crown offers views of everything from the Freedom Tower to the Manhattan Bridge to Queens and New Jersey.
There’s been a ton of hype around this offering from the Freehand Hotel, and now that it’s open, you can understand why.
The original Broken Shaker is in Florida, and left big shoes to fill: it came in No. 18 on last year’s World’s Top 50 Bars.
This Broken Shaker does its able best to live up to the hype. It lets the atmosphere do some heavy lifting, which is a fair choice–it has the feel of a city respite recalling its tropical cousin, with bamboo fencing, wood paneling, lush tropical plants, and wicker lampshades.
Stay for the food and cocktails. There’s the cheeky signature, the Cocoa Puff Old Fashioned (which does, in fact, taste like Cocoa Puffs), but the fan favorite is the Preserved Lime Caipirinha.
Share the popular Yemeni malawach flatbread, served with tahini, spinach, and artichoke labneh.
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Ready to take a romantic sojourn to the NYC rooftop bars?
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