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 New York's largest outdoor rooftop garden, filled with everything from one-of-a-kind furniture pieces to palm tress. While it's perfect for outdoor drinking in the summer for obvious reasons, it's also open year-round thanks to heat lamps and inflatable igloos, making winter rooftop drinking just as easy.
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 boasts wraparound window-side seating, an amazing roof deck, and mac 'n cheese cupcakes. Yes, mac 'n 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, complete with 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.