Get out your sunglasses, white jeans and cell phones: rooftop season is here. These urban oases in the sky are great for any event: parties, after-work drinks and snacks, romantic dates and, of course, Instagrammable moments. Some of our favorites in Manhattan include Cantina Rooftop, The Crown, The Empire Rooftop, Gallow Green, Refinery Rooftop Bar, Roof at Park South and The Roof at the Public. In Brooklyn, Berry Park and Westlight are very inviting on a warm night. We’ve got 10 more ideas for you, including an awe-inspiring reason to head out to JFK even if you’re not flying anywhere. No matter your age, bring an ID since they’re often required for entry.
Wraparound views of the East River and the Midtown cityscape are part of the pleasure of this plush speakeasy-style lounge on the 26th floor of the Beekman Tower. Beautiful architectural details from the late 1920s, classy service and cozy seating arrangements add to the romantic experience. Cocktails are carefully made and can be paired with bites like hamachi tacos, spinach and artichoke dip and a charcuterie and cheese board for two.