Tis the season for rooftop bars and no one loves a rooftop bar like New Yorkers. A hip speakeasy may be the place to be during the frigid winter months but if you aren’t staring at the stunning New York skyline during sunset while sipping on an Aperol Spritz then you’re not living life to the fullest. But with so many choices, which ones are the best? Here are six we love.
Ophelia Lounge (Midtown East)
Now, First Avenue and 52nd street may not sound like the location for a hotspot (unless you want to check out the action at the United Nations) but the views at the newly revived Ophelia are worth the trek. Formerly a women’s boarding house in the 1920s and the 1930s it eventually turned into a hotel, then a restaurant that drew the likes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. Merchants Hospitality, Inc. has truly captured the essence of old New York with interior design loaded down with beautiful heirlooms adorning rich blue walls (you’ll feel just like you are in a jewelry box!). Snack on delicious apps and exquisite cocktails by head bartender Amir Babayoff. His new summer menu includes the Aegean Paloma with ouzo, grapefruit rose, pink peppercorns, and rosewater, and the A La Espanola with Nolet’s gin, Edinburgh rhubarb & ginger gin liqueur, strawberries, lemon, juniper berries, rhubarb, and fever tree tonic. Wow!