Food & Drink

NYC’s Best Rooftop Brunches, and What You’re Ordering at Them

Published On 09/24/2015 Published On 09/24/2015
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Gallow Green

Gallow Green


What you're getting: Everything. It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet, bud.

Located on the top of McKittrick Hotel (home of Sleep No More), Gallow Green borderline will make you feel like you're at someone’s private wedding reception; it's a lush, roof-located al fresco space with ample greenery, wood picnic tables, and even a badass old train car with additional seating. Add in a bluesy band to serenade you while you take in the views of the the High Line and Hudson River and a spread of fried chicken, scrambles, and avocado toast (plus a separate table just for the buttermilk biscuits and cinnamon rolls) and we're off to a good start on this whole rooftop brunching thing.

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What you're getting: Roasted banana-stuffed French toast

Every section in Juliette isn’t without its French bistro-style charm, but they thankfully subtly work it in so you don’t feel like you’re eating at Hard Rock Cafe Paris. Once you make your way through the garden room and patio, grab a table amongst the vines on the rooftop. Then move in hard on brunchiness that includes a spicy lamb burger, Tartine’s croquet monsieur, and a lemon zest Dutch pancake.




What you're getting: Hangover Burger

What’s better than brunch at a beer garden? Brunch at a beer garden that’s also on a roof. Enter Tavern29: while it doesn’t offer the 360 sprawling views, it easily maintains that NYC vibe by plopping its picnic table-lined deck on top of a 19th century townhouse with views of Park Ave. Plus, nothing's more New York than a back alley rooftop that rotates 30 craft beers on tap and has both fried chicken & sausage gravy biscuits.

Hotel Chantelle

Hotel Chantelle

Lower East Side

What you're getting: Pancake-crusted breakfast sausage lollipops. And several drinks, probably.

We could go on and on about the bevy of savory and sweet items that fills the menu at this LES spot, including the breakfast pizzas and s’more toast. But, let's be honest: you're here for insane drink specials. This is one of the boozier brunches in the game with 92-cent cocktails (NINETY-TWO-CENT COCKTAILS, GUYS) served alongside your French fare. Stay here long enough, and we doubt this will be the only French thing you do all day, if you know what we mean. (If you don’t, we mean French kissing.

Northern Territory

Northern Territory


What you're getting: Ham & cheese toastie

This low-key Brooklyn spot has a very spacious rooftop on its third floor, which you’ll be happy to know is plenty high enough to take in expansive views of the East River and Manhattan skyline. Once you saddle up at one of the wooden booths or tables that line the joint, we suggest pairing your toastie, banana pancakes, or chimichurri steak & eggs with an MOA Breakfast beer. It just makes good sense.

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Penthouse 808 at Ravel Hotel

Long Island City

What you're getting: Lobster Benedict

Big is the name of the game up here, because the rooftop is HUGE. Like, REALLY HUGE (8,000sqft to be exact). And since you’re smack-dab in Long Island City, the views of the Manhattan skyline and the adjacent Queensboro Bridge don’t disappoint. Also not disappointing: washing down your Benedict, truffle grilled cheese, and maple bacon with $4 mimosas and Bloody Marys.

The Standard, High Line

Top of the Standard


What you're getting: Foie gras French toast

Unless they decide to offer bunch on top of One World Trade, this wins for one of the highest brunches in the city. It also takes the swanky cake; it is Meatpacking, after all. So if you’re in the mood to brunch yourself all Sex and the City-style, let it ride with small plates of smoked salmon tarts, bacon-wrapped shrimp, and Mother of Pearl cocktails as you take in unparalleled 360 views of the city (and New Jersey!).

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Carroll Gardens

What you're getting: Huevos Oaxaca

While you’re slamming pork butt tacos from Alma’s third-floor rooftop, Manhattan looks like but a teeny dot in the far off distance. Actually, that’s not true at all, but you can eye the island in its breathtaking entirety from this Carroll Gardens Mexican eatery. Best part: it’s open year-round, meaning you can still catch those views in the dead of winter thanks to the heat insulation and a roof cover.

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Upstairs at the Kimberly


What you're getting: Kobe burger

The Kimberly Hotel’s outdoor lounge takes rooftop brunching up a few notches, not to mention 30 stories. (See what we did there?) Seriously, they class it up quite nice here with an outdoor fireplace, front-and-center views of the Chrysler Building, and leather couches that provide the perfect soft landing after wrecking a Kobe burger and its “Hangover Remedy” with smashed avocados, bacon sun-dried tomatoes, and fried eggs.

Berry Park

Berry Park


What you're getting: Avocado BLT

This weekend brunch fills up with Brooklynites faster than a new flea market, and with good reason. Its casual outdoor deck offers some pretty killer views of the Midtown Manhattan skyline, which looks far more impressive after copious amounts of imported beers, duck fat fries, and Bavarian pretzels. Why this place stays full post-brunch hours is hardly a mystery.

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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. Juliette 135 N 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (Williamsburg)

Despite its bustling location right off Bedford Ave, Juliette is a quaint French bistro that serves unfussy but elegant food in a large, romantic space. The multi-room restaurant includes a bar area, an indoor garden room with plants hanging from the ceiling, and a large rooftop patio. The dinner and brunch menus stick to classic French dishes like croque monsieur, steak tartare, and crispy duck confit, but you'll always find a burger with pomme frites. Affordable drinks, like house red and white wines, make Juliette a great spot for group meals, especially birthday dinners.

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3. Tavern29 47 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016 (Murray Hill)

Right off the NoMad portion of Park Park, Tavern29 is a solid spot for post-work drinks. The bar features more than 25 craft beers on tap, a solid wine list, whiskey flights, and incredible happy hour deals. The kitchen serves elevated bar food like three-cheese mac & cheese, sliders, and flatbread, so it's the kind of place where drinks can easily transition into dinner. Located in a converted townhouse, the space includes two bars and a rooftop beer garden with communal tables.

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4. Hotel Chantelle 92 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Although it's not an actual hotel, you're gonna want to stay at this Lower East Side establishment for a nice long time, thanks to their gorgeous rooftop seating area, dinner seven nights a week, and live music serving as a perfect backdrop for a relaxing night.

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5. 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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6. Penthouse808 8-08 Queens Plaza S, Long Island City, NY 11101 (Queens)

Perched above the Ravel Hotel in Long Island City, Penthouse 808 has a vibe that's skewed slightly more Miami than post-industrial LIC. Clocking in at 9,500sqft, the swanky indoor/outdoor rooftop offers unbeatable views of Manhattan and the Queensboro Bridge. The fusion menu takes cues from Japanese and Hawaiian cuisines, featuring sushi, robata skewers, and poke.

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7. Top Of The Standard 848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014 (East Village)

Come for the view, but stay for the bacon-wrapped shrimp. This rooftop bar serves up unparalleled 360 views of the city (and New Jersey!) and a Sex And The City-style brunch including small plates of smoked salmon tarts and Mother of Pearl cocktails.

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8. Alma 187 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

A three-floor situation with a heated roofdeck, Alma offers a casual Mexican menu and the year-round option of outdoor seating. Winter who?

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9. Upstairs At The Kimberly 145 E 50th St, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown East)

Located atop the Kimberly Hotel, Upstairs is 3,000 square feet of culinary bliss perched 30 stories above Manhattan. They dub their signature Rum Service cocktail the manliest drink alive for its capturing of the fragrant nuances of tobacco-infused honey, and its resulting two-vice combination.

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10. 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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