Fave Five NYC Rooftop Bars

Hot summer nights might have clients clamoring for air conditioned hideaways, but tell them to try New York City’s hottest new trend – rooftop bars

By: By Janeen Christoff

New York City's Empire Hotel Rooftop Bar // (c) 2008, Janeen Christoff
Managing Editor Janeen 
Christoff enjoys the Empire Hotel

Empire Hotel
Nestled between Central Park and Lincoln Center, the Empire Hotel’s rooftop bar makes a perfect stopping-off point for the busy tourist. With the sun, moon and stars above – as well as sweeping views of Manhattan – the rooftop is the perfect place to refresh and regroup, offering daybeds, cabana rentals and a rooftop plunge pool as well as reasonably priced cocktails.

The Roosevelt Hotel
New to the rooftop bar scene is New York City’s Roosevelt Hotel which has opened their new 19th-floor bar Mad46. With a modern, minimalist feel, this new, sure-to-be-hip hotel bar will have clients taking their happy hour outdoors.

Salon de Ning at The Peninsula New York
Located on the rooftop terrace of The Peninsula New York, the new Salon de Ning offers clients an Asian flare. With panoramic views of Manhattan, the bar offers an intimate interior as well as two outdoor terraces complete with Chinese-style daybeds perfect for taking a load off.


 Plunge at Hotel Gansevoort // (c) Hotel Gansevoort
Plunge Bar at Hotel Ganseevort
overlooks the Hudson River
Hotel Gansevoort serves up 360-degree views at their rooftop bar and lounge, Plunge. Not only are the stunning vistas worthy of a visit, but a 45-foot heated outdoor, glass-surrounded swimming pool also on the rooftop — which offers underwater music and colored lighting — really seals the deal.

Ava Penthouse Lounge at Dream Hotel
This isn’t a fave five just because it shares its name with my one-year-old daughter, but also because it is a glamorous hang out transporting clients from the hustle and bustle of the city to a sleek, retro-modern environment of cool.