A city that excels in making the most of what it’s got, New York has a roster of rooftop bars that’s second to none, capitalizing on Manhattan’s stunning skyline and reliably compelling views. A decade ago, most rooftop bars fell into predictable camps: stuffy hotel bars, or rowdy after-work spots. But today, there’s a delightful range, with bars offering mini-golf or spacious beer gardens, as well as first-class cocktails. Here are our picks for the best rooftop bars in NYC.
This under-the-radar spot crowns the landmark Beekman Tower in Manhattan’s Midtown East neighborhood with panoramic views of the East River. Though not quite the dimly-lit, elegant affair that wowed us in 2018, Ophelia still impresses with its Art-Deco inspired design, including restored elements of the original 1928 rooftop and vintage artifacts (think: flapper hats and century-old tarot cards). Cocktails are well-crafted; note, however, that bartenders will refuse requests for substitutions or ingredient subtractions. Reservations are available online.