Gorgeous warm weather in NYC means you have two things on your mind... rooftops and lobster rolls. So to help you maximize your opportunity for both, here's a quick list of seven places where your lobster roll-filled rooftop drinking dreams can come true:
This swanky rooftop takes you 30 stories above Midtown, where along with some dope-ass views, you'll find lobster rolls served with old bay chips.
This two-story tavern also has a rooftop beer garden where you can get your hands on their Maine lobster roll, which gets paired up with a side of some parmesan truffle fries. The rolls are available Monday through Friday from 11am to 1am and again Saturday and Sunday from 4pm to 1am.
Get some fantastic views of the neighborhood at this Meatpacking District seafood destination while you chow on a lobster roll (pictured above) and sip a cocktail or six.
Long Island City
Topping off The Ravel Hotel, this 8,000sqft lounge with outdoor cabanas overlooking the Manhattan skyline and the Queensboro Bridge sounds like a damn good place to brunch with lobster rolls and $4 mimosas, bellinis, and bloodies.
Lower East Side
Lobster rolls and $5 cocktails are clearly the way to go for brunch at this rooftop, lined with benches, decorative light posts, and greenery.
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This vast, greenery-lined rooftop bar is one of New York's largest rooftop gardens, filled with one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and palm trees. While 230 Fifth is perfect for outdoor drinking in the summer for obvious reasons, it's also open year-round thanks to heat lamps and inflatable igloos, making the winter rooftop scene just as enticing.
Everything about this rooftop club atop Chelsea’s Dream Hotel is polished: the black leather couches, the well-heeled clientele, and the $19 cocktails like the vodka-based 50 Shades of Bleu and the tequila Strawberry Fields. DJs from around the world drop beats until 4 AM every night (except Sunday, when it closes at midnight), but definitely plan ahead as reservations are strongly recommended.
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.
The Skylark is sleek, sexy, and has killer views -- essentially, what you come to expect from a Midtown rooftop haunt. From a partner behind city favorites like The Lambs Club and Jimmy at the James, Sklark maintains a refined air that's bolstered by contemporary copper light fixtures, dark woods behind the bar and mod sofas arranged along wall-to-wall windows. Mixologist Johnny Swet crafted the cocktail list, with twists on classlics like a Manhattan spiked with American oak extract. Asian and American flavors zigzag on the bar menu, featuring avocado toasts and Peking duck wontons, but the real fun is had with indulgently quirky items like mac & cheese cupcakes.
Located at the top of a building in the Meatpacking District, CATCH offers panoramic views of the city skyline and a relaxing space to sip cocktails and enjoy good weather.
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.
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.