It is that scrumptious time of year, where the weather begins to warm up and New Yorkers venture outdoors. The rooftops are starting to open, Spring is on her way, it is date night heaven, people! In light of all this, I thought it a must to record the best of the best rooftops for date night. See below the top 10 in New York for a first, second or 20th date.
1. Refinery Rooftop
Located at the top of The Refinery Hotel in midtown, the rooftop provides exponential Empire State (and date) views. If you are looking for scenery that will truly wow your date, or possibly scenery to distract said date – look no further. Make sure you arrive early evening so you don’t have to wait too long downstairs, it is a hot spot!
2. Jimmy At The James
The Jimmy at The James Hotel is a rooftop bar foolproof for a sunset date (but only in the warmer months!) Shadowed by the One World Trade, it sits at the bottom of Soho and looks over The Hudson River and pretty much the whole of downtown Manhattan… as far as the eye can see! To top it all off, there is a pool (and showers) so if you and your date are so inclined… bring your trunks.
3. Salvation Taco
Salvation Taco is a Mexican midtown favorite. Share a spicy margarita pitcher and tacos while gazing up at the cool structure of the rooftop – with fairy lightbulbs strung from the shell of its red brick outlay. The rooftop sits comfortably in between high-rise buildings, inspiring the feeling that you’re lost together in the concrete jungle.
4. Le Bain at The Standard
Le Bain is a MUST GO. First there is a disco, second there is a plunge pool, third there is a crêperie, fourth there is an epic cocktail bar, fifth an epic seating area – and all are on the roof of The Standard Hotel that boasts one of, if not, the best view in NYC. What more could you want from a date? Oh yeah – dinner. Well no problem, located in the Meatpacking District, there is about 30 restaurants downstairs (including The Standard Grill) to cater to your every fusion desire.
5. Brass Monkey
Much like Le Bain, Brass Monkey is located in the Meatpacking District, but it is much more of a relaxed vibe. If you are looking for a spot to watch a game together you have found it, otherwise, if you’re simply looking for somewhere to share a rosé on a summer Friday – lock it in. Would highly recommend the sweet potato fries, also.
6. Hotel Chantelle
This rooftop mixes that old school New York jazz age with a funky modern vibe. Views of Downtown Manhattan frame the Lower East Side location, with delicious cocktails on point. If you are just there for one drink it is a perfect spot to enjoy the weather for an hour, and if you are there for many more than one drink go downstairs and have a dance!
7. Mr. Purple
A new Lower East Side gem, Mr. Purple is the rooftop bar above Hotel Indigo. Boasting spectacular views of Uptown, it features a pool, large outdoor seating area, and huge indoor bar area. Try their specialty Mr. Purple cocktail, and be sure to book a table, as this bar will be hard to poach this Summer!
8. Gallow Green
Gallow Green is the leafy cocktail bar that sits above the McKittrick Hotel. The comfortable, quirky rooftop shares a garden-green vibe and serves punch bowls of goodness. Feeling adventurous? Head downstairs to Sleep No More, a one of a kind New York experience.
9. Cantina Rooftop
Another must-try Mexican, Cantina is a casual, colorful spot for a bite to eat and a drink. It is located in Hell’s Kitchen atop Stage 48, and focuses specifically on Margaritas (there are 5 different concoctions)! Reservations are a must.
10. The Wythe Hotel
Oh, The Wythe! My personal favorite. The Wythe Hotel is located in Williamsburg, and is worth the travel-time (and rush) for a Friday night sunset. With a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline, The Blue Room at The Ides Rooftop boasts an amazing art-deco space, with unobstructed views and delish canapés. Get the cheese platter, please!