Food & Drink

Lobster Rolls, on Rooftops: 7 Places to Get 'Em

Published On 05/06/2015 Published On 05/06/2015
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1. 230 Fifth 230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010 (Flatiron)

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.

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2. PHD Rooftop Lounge 355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011 (Meatpacking)

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.

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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. The Skylark 200 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018 (Midtown West)

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.

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5. CATCH Roof 21 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014 (Meatpacking)

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.

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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. 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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