The Best (Bookable) Rooftop Bars in NYC

Grace PeiskerContributor

As the sky turns from bright orange to inky blue, watching the city change and pulse with light is shockingly stunning—even better with a drink in your hand, surrounded by friends. Once spring hits, it’s impossible to escape the rooftop bug: The skyline views, sunlit terraces, chic décor and cocktails with the sunset—it all comes together for an enchanting ambience that can take a party to the next level.

Experience golden hour at new heights with this list of the best bookable rooftop bars New York has to offer for your next party or event. These rooftop bars have everything from coat check to clean up, aiming to provide guests (and hosts, too) with the best experience possible. Chic, no? With locations ranging from the heart of Midtown to Long Island City, these beautiful sights are all fair game for booking, and will literally elevate your next event.

1. The Crown

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The Crown, located in Chinatown, has a sweeping view of downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. With two different outdoor terraces, chic outdoor furniture, and delicious bites of global cuisine.

Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Price: from $500

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2. Mondrian Terrace

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Another great Manhattan rooftop bar option is the Mondrian Terrace. This rooftop bar is luxurious and modern, holding up to 150 guests. With indoor and outdoor spaces, you can enjoy the view year round.

Neighborhood: Midtown

Price: from $1,500

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3. Rare View

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If you’re looking for a less expensive rooftop bar, New York does have a few options (believe it or not…), one of the best being Rare View in Chelsea. At $250 per hour, you get such benefits as coat checks, food services, cleaning, staffing, and security. Not to mention, this city view is unobstructed from gorgeous perimeter patio furniture.

Neighborhood: Chelsea

Price: from $250

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4. Midtown Terrace

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Get classic Manhattan views from the Midtown Terrace. Throw a party with this 360 degree view of the city, a booming sound system and stage, coat checks and food services. The best part? The retractable enclosed rooftop means you can enjoy the terrace even if bad weather hits.

Neighborhood: Midtown

Price: from $7,500

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5. Elsie Rooftop

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On the 25th floor penthouse, the Elsie Rooftop is a great fit for any party, from weddings to corporate events,private parties and birthdays. Not to mention, the seasonal menu is crafted by Chef David Burke, sure to impress every guest—even your foodie friends.

Neighborhood: Midtown

Price: From $250

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6. Green Fig

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On the fourth floor of Yotel NYC resides The Green Fig. With emphasis on their delicious food, they serve classic Israeli with a modern twist. This is a great location for up to 300 hungry guests.

Neighborhood: Midtown

Price: from $50

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7. Monarch Rooftop

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The Monarch rooftop bar and indoor lounge sits on top of the Herald Square hotel, with a penthouse boasting 5,000 square feet of space. Not only do they have catering and beverage services on lock (aka a full-scale, in-house special events team), they also have connections with some of the best local vendors. This beautiful indoor-outdoor terrace is especially perfect for warm summer days when you want a bit of sun and the option to retreat into air conditioning..

Neighborhood: Midtown

Price: from $6,000

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8. Our Wicked Lady

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Our Wicked Lady is ranked one of the best rooftop bars thanks to its New York skyline views accompanied by its East Williamsburg vibes, creating a stunning yet remarkably chill atmosphere. It’s equipped to host a variety of events, from birthdays to engagement parties, at the main bar and rooftop.

Neighborhood: East Williamsburg

Price: from $1,500

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9. Elsewhere

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Elsewhere, located in Bushwick, Brooklyn is open seasonally from May to October. Its large rooftop, gallery, loft outdoor courtyard, and two theater spaces are enough to fit up to 500 guests. Not to mention the full bar, picnic tables and bar stools, bench seating, and dance floor. Perfect to book for any wedding or big celebration!

Neighborhood: Bushwick

Price: from $1,500

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10. Wythe Hotel

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The Wythe Hotel and Rooftop bar is built inside a beautiful century-old factory. Transformed into modern and sleek interiors, and flaunting amazing views, the Wythe Hotel is a gorgeous setting filled with plenty of natural light during the day, and sweeping sunset views in the evening.

Neighborhood: Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Price: from $10,000

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11. Melrose Rooftop Deck

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Onlooking Manhattan, The Melrose Rooftop Deck in Long Island City is an outdoor space with amazing views. A beautiful terrace captures the city like a photograph, and holds modern and sleek furniture seating up to 250 guests. The best part? There’s on-site parking—perfect for a guest list filled with out-of-towners.

Neighborhood: LIC, Queens

Price: from $7,500

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Posted on 9/12/2019