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The Best Rooftop Date Spots in NYC

Published On 05/25/2015 Published On 05/25/2015
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1. Gallow Green 542 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001 (Chelsea)

Gallow Green, the rooftop bar atop Chelsea’s McKittrick Hotel, is a perpetual garden party, at least during the warmer months when its plush flora is in full bloom. During the winter, the campy space turns into a lodge with plushy chairs and a fireplace. No matter the season, the best time to go is for weekend brunch, where a $35 ticket will get you a three-course meal, a mimosa, and unlimited La Colombe coffee.

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2. Top of the Strand 33 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018 (Murray Hill)

Located on the top of the Strand Hotel, the Top of the Strand is a stylish, garden-like rooftop bar with excellent views of the Empire State Building. It's open 365 days a year, thanks to a retractable glass rooftop, so whether the whether is good or not, you can still enjoy carefully crafted cocktails and great views.

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3. Z New York 11-01 43rd Ave, New York, NY 11101 (Queens)

One of the best rooftop destinations in the city, Z offers incredible Manhattan skyline views, fresh-baked 'za, and custom-crafted twin metal bars slinging signature cocktails.

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4. Cloud Social 6 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001 (Korea Town)

A little less luxe than some of the other rooftop spaces in the city, Cloud Social has a casual atmosphere that’s ideal for an early after-work date. Besides, the happy hour is awesome, especially for a rooftop space: $4 for a beer, perfect for a Tinder match who may or may not be as cute as their photo.

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5. The Rooftop at The Jane 113 Jane St, Fl 6, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

This rooftop bar is located at the top of The Jane hotel, and it offers great views, cold drinks, and a leisurely and fun atmosphere.

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6. The Ides at Wythe Hotel 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)

The Ides is perched atop the Wythe Hotel, and while the line for this Williamsburg bar may be a bit long -- and dense with European tourists -- after sunset, the view is worth it. The indoor-outdoor lounge boasts glittering views of Manhattan, and though the buildings are the same as what you'd see from many a North Brooklyn rooftop, the Ides' bartenders mix strong drinks with a professional edge.

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7. Night of Joy 667 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)

Stepping into this bar is like walking into your grandmother's place; vintage Victorian throw rugs and ottomans are set up for you to lounge on while sipping lemonade. The difference is that this lemonade, of an orange blossom variety, gets a bit of extra kick from some added rum. It's one of many three-ingredient-max cocktails on a list shared between both floors of this bi-level den. Our advice? Head to the second floor, a rooftop bar with a frozen-margarita station to complement the list of beers available downstairs.

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8. Refinery Hotel 63 W 38th Street, New York, NY 10018 (Midtown)

The Refinery Hotel is the opulent reincarnation of the Colony Arcade Building. Constructed in 1912, its ornate, neo-gothic façade became the vision that welcomed the workday of the generation's milliners. These skilled artists were working at the peak of New York innovation, as showrooms, importers, and manufacturers thrived in this cultural and media center.

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9. The Terrace at Yotel 570 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036 (Hells Kitchen)

Busting onto the rooftop scene, the "largest outdoor hotel space" in NYC can accommodate 400+ (some with semi-private cabanas boasting fire pits), and's handling the drink crush with two enormous bars, which'll serve up 2L growlers of Stella, Sam, and Ich

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10. JIMMY at The James 15 Thompson St., New York, NY 10013 (Soho)

Inspired by 1970s New York and classic pubs, JIMMY is an intimate rooftop escape with sleek upholstered seating, working fireplaces, and warm wood floors. Located on the roof of The James Hotel in Soho, the bar boasts unparalleled 360-degree views of the city skyline. Grab a chaise lounge poolside in the summer or sip the mezcal, honey, lemon, and smoked sea salt Pure & Simple indoors when the weather turns cold.

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11. Cantina Rooftop 605 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036 (Hells Kitchen)

A great spot for a low-key date, Cantina showcases the Manhattan skyline as it's meant to be seen, from a bright and lively rooftop restaurant. The view is excellent at sunset, but we’d definitely recommend this spot for brunch -- the house margarita is tasty, and the food is genuinely excellent, especially the tacos.

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12. Roof at Park South 125 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016 (Murray Hill)

The Roof at Park South is ready and waiting to serve you up fantastic views of the city and a huge bar, over which you'll be receiving drinks like the Baby in a Corner (10yr Scotch, St. Germain, and Zwack 20).

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13. Berry Park 4 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

If it's warm out, you're definitely gonna want to snag a seat on this 100+ rooftop bar, where you can gaze upon awesome views of the NYC skyline, while sipping on a variety of German suds and sharing some small bites.

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14. Pod 39 Rooftop Bar 145 East 39th St, New York, NY 10016 (Murray Hill)

A hotel rooftop lounge equipped with an extensive bar, cocktail list, and great views of the city.

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15. Northern Territory 12 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Check out this Australian joint, where you can enjoy all of the fun parts of a rooftop grilling party (gigantic shrimp on skewers, cold beer) without the gross parts (soot and grease on your pants, nowhere to wash your hands). Try the awesome Southern Collins cocktail, and be sure to order the pavlova for dessert.

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