The Citiblog

NYC Rooftops & Outdoor Spaces for Summer Fun
May 15, 2023, 8:09.26 pm ET


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Apotheke NoMad

Apotheke NoMad's penthouse lounge and rooftop terrace are the culmination of the late Christopher Tierney’s life work. Featuring a floor-to-ceiling wall of breathtaking stained-glass windows and stunning views of the Empire State Building and Madison Square Park, Apotheke NoMad is a must-visit destination while you’re in town. Apotheke NoMad is known for its apothecary-inspired cocktails and experience.

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Archer & Goat

Archer & Goat in Harlem has two outdoor spaces, a cozy backyard hideaway with hanging lights and a vibrant mural that seats 20 and a larger area in the front of the restaurant that seats 40. Refreshing cocktails perfect to enjoy al fresco include the namesake Archer which combines mezcal, hibiscus, ginger and lime for a bright, fresh and vibrant drink. The dinner menu is inspired by the co-owners husband and wife Chef Alex Guzman’s and Jenifar Chowdhury’s Latin American and South Asian heritages, highlighting flavors and ingredients from Puerto Rico, Ecuador and Bangladesh with dishes like Crispy Brussels Sprouts with chimichurri; Roasted Carrots with tamarind chutney and sesame; Shrimp Curry with turmeric rice; and Carne Asada hangar steak with crispy tostones.

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Cobble Fish

Cobble Fish, located on Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport, is a seasonally-opened dining and drinking destination serving up amazing seafood, summer cocktails and great vibes. The al fresco spot on the East River provides a hometown vibe complemented by everything we loved about NYC in the 90’s including the music. It’s a spot to meet friends over a delicious lobster roll, cold cocktail and water views.

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Darling Rooftop

Located on the 47th floor of Park Lane Hotel, Darling is Central Park South’s only rooftop lounge offering a chic experience against a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline and iconic park. Featuring a bold lounge with a wraparound outdoor patio oasis, designed to embrace the expansive views, it’s the final piece to the hotel and is the newest addition to Manhattan’s nightlife scene, bringing the eccentric spirit of the hotel to life. The food and beverage program has been created by Scott Sartiano, and includes a menu that features an eclectic mix of offerings such as seafood towers, caviar grilled cheese and A5 Wagyu Katsu Sando. This is complemented by extensive and inventive cocktails and spirits.

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Duomo 51

Duomo 51, Italian for “Cathedral,” is a Tuscan restaurant from owner Sammy V. Gashi and the Ramerino Italian Prime team in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. The restaurant is tucked away on the seventh floor of the DoubleTree Hotel directly across the street from Rockefeller Center. For dining al fresco, Duomo 51 features an outdoor terrace with a retractable roof that transforms into a green oasis reminiscent of Tuscany. The unique combination of modern terrace architecture, Mediterranean cuisine, dense greenery and the scent of fresh herbs expresses a true Italian attitude to life. With a view of such landmarks as St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center, all while enjoying small bites and cocktails.

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Virgin Hotels New York City, from Sir Richard Branson's luxury lifestyle hotel collection, just launched Everdene – a lively epicenter of cultural activity along Broadway and 29th Street, offering a spontaneous and playful scene with multiple venues. Everdene occupies the entire third floor of the property, with entertainment-anchored spaces that delight guests from day to night, including the outdoor Conservatory terrace, Library, and Bar. Designed in tandem with Brooklyn based MARKZEFF, the indoor-outdoor rooftop blends a passion for food and beverage with nightly music and programming, mixing with the local landscape and providing a vibrant, inclusive environment for travelers and locals alike.

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Fornino, which has been an institution in NYC for nearly two decades in Brooklyn, has reopened its seasonal rooftop at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park on weekends to start with expanded days and hours of operations coming soon. You can also grab one of Chef Michael Ayoub’s wood-fired Neapolitan pies at this stunning spot for sunset or from its flagship location in Greenpoint or on the rooftop of Time Out Market in DUMBO.

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Gallow Green

Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel is one of the city’s most unique rooftops featuring a seasonal menu of globally-inspired cuisine and refreshing drinks. The dreamy outdoor oasis is filled with flowers, hanging vines, and greenery designed especially for the space by Jen Stone of Stonekelly Events & Florals. Visitors discover plenty of intimate nooks for a romantic tête-à-tête and protection from the elements to accommodate them rain or shine.

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Located on the Hudson River waterfront, Halifax in Hoboken, affectionately known as the city’s sixth borough, has sweeping views of Manhattan’s stunning skyline from their patio that seats 60. The new seafood-centric menu is highlighting the best of Northeastern ingredients and produce. A section of raw starters includes a Seafood Tower with local oysters, clams, poached shrimp, lobster tail and bass tartar; Dressed Oysters with citrus broth, smoked trout caviar, and seaweed salad. Signature dishes include the Lobster Rigatoni featuring lobster, lobster coral butter, and trumpet mushrooms over housemade saffron pasta.

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Hidden Lane

Hidden Lane (129 E 15th) is a true hidden gem in Gramercy. It's known as a great after-work hangout spot complete with a picturesque garden, which is now open weather permitting, illuminated by beautifully lit trees and old New York City charm. The indoor space is accented with an ornate brass ceiling and an upstairs lounge with lounge seating, a cozy fireplace, and a separate bar area. Steps away from Gramercy Park, Hidden Lane is open from 4pm to 2am during weekdays and from 2pm to 3am on weekends.

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Life Rooftop

Life Rooftop is an alluring lounge and outdoor terrace perched 29 stories above Le Meridien New York that will reopen on Friday, April 14th, and offers guests the perfect vantage point to take in the city's energy and soaring views of Central Park. The rooftop lounge is the perfect gathering place offering a variety of drinks and culinary delights. Life Rooftop was designed to be the ultimate escape above it all, where you can relax, unwind and enjoy your day outdoors rain or shine.

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Magic Hour Rooftop

Perched 18 floors above the city, Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge is the largest indoor and outdoor all-season hotel rooftop in New York City. With a fully retractable roof perfect for any season, the venue has two indoor and outdoor main areas: The East side, overlooking the Empire State Building, has elegant garden-party fixtures, while the west is more overtly carnivalesque, offering a rotating carousel for seating. Tucked into a corner is the hotel’s most Instagrammed feature: Foreplay, a miniature putt-putt course that, instead of windmills, has follies of colossal-size animals in flirty poses. The Instagram-worthy venue is known for its shareable light bites – including Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Heinz Truffle Infused Honey, Big AF Croissant, Jersey Chicken Sliders, Chips, and Guacamole, among others.

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Mollusca, the lively seafood restaurant with Italian influence located in the Meatpacking District, is now offering outdoor seating for visitors to enjoy the warmth during the spring and summer months. Guests are encouraged to sit outside on the beautifully designed patio, which features marble tabletops and accents of gold, creating a warm and inviting ambiance. The sleek awning provides practical shade to shield guests from the sun's rays while adding a modern and stylish touch to the patio's decor. Once seated, guests can indulge in oceanic-themed cocktails by Beverage Director Kate Uglova, formerly of The Aviary, part of the Alinea Group.

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PHD Rooftop at Dream Downtown

PHD Rooftop Lounge is Dream Downtown’s rooftop nightclub and lounge bar decked out with uninterrupted views of the Hudson River and Empire State Building. With two full-service bars, a fully-equipped DJ booth and a retractable canopy for an outdoor terrace, PHD is one of the best rooftops in New York City. Located at Dream Downtown, a New York City lifestyle hotel with an emphasis on service and after-dark possibilities, there is no better place to experience exquisite Manhattan views. Extraordinary in design and unique in character, Dream Downtown offers everything today’s urban traveler seeks, including: luxurious amenities, unique dining and events spaces and a talented staff that knows the ins and outs of everything NYC.

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Slate Rooftop

Slate Rooftop (247 Metropolitan Ave) is a glorious outdoor oasis atop the POD Hotel Williamsburg reopening on Thursday, April 13th. With an amazing menu of shareable bites, frozen drinks and signature games including a Plinko Wall, Sub Soccer and Giant Jenga to play, there’s no shortage of fun in sight. Join in on the fun this month Thursday through Sunday, weather permitting, before days and hours are expanded in May with a Cinco de Mayo grand re-opening planned.

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Ten Hope

Ten Hope (10 Hope Street) in Williamsburg is a beautiful dining destination you don’t want to miss, and it will reopen the season with refreshed menus, decor and more on the week of April 17th. The 2,500-square-foot vine-laced open-air patio has ample socially distanced seating in a green environment. This stunning spot serves Mediterranean dishes complimented by a fantastic menu of cocktails perfect for the coming season.

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The Highlight Room

A stylish garden in the sky floating 16 stories above the Lower East Side, The Highlight Room is a glamorous all-season rooftop bar that evokes a 19th-century garden, with foliage swaying from the ceiling and a majestic tree spreading its branches across the room. Sip on specialty cocktails and enjoy commanding views of the New York skyline and unique vantage points of the bridges and the Empire State Building. The Highlight Room has a wide cocktail and culinary program. Signature and famed items include Sweet Potato Waffle Fries, Spicy Tuna Tartare, Vegetable Spring Rolls, and more, along with the new Boba Spritz Tree, Dolly Lava, Shiso Pretty, and Cereal Killer cocktail offerings.

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The Springs

The Springs is a Palm Springs-inspired retro bar, lounge and massive patio located in Greenpoint at 224 Franklin St. Guests can come chill, soak up the sun and drink frozen Aperol Spritz cocktails on Monday - Friday beginning at 4pm and Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 2pm. And the spot is dog friendly as long as you keep a leash on your furry friend.