Summer is a sweaty, trying season, but also the perfect time to enjoy a cold drink with a stunning view.
It’s not always easy to love New York City in the summer. The heat waves aren’t much of a reprieve from bitter winters and rainy springs. But it’s finally rooftop bar season, and there’s no better way to see the city skyline. You may have to wait in a line or two. Your drink is probably going to cost too much. But when you feel the breeze and watch the warm hues of golden hour wash over the buildings, you’ll remember why this is one of the most brilliant cities in the world. Here is a list to guide your way to the top.
Ophelia Lounge NYC
To get to Ophelia, you have to take an elevator to the 26th floor of the Beekman Tower, a residential building and New York City landmark just north of the United Nations Plaza. The tower was built in the late 1920s as a women’s residence and clubhouse. It housed the restaurant Top of the Tower, reportedly a Frank Sinatra favorite, until 2013. The rooftop was revived last year as a glamorous Art Deco-inspired rooftop bar. Its wraparound terrace is mostly enclosed, but two trim balconies offer unhindered views of the East River and Queens.