Posts Tagged ‘Rooftop’
38th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
Another crpwded rooftop bar but I definitely feel more relaxed at this one. Yes, it has your business crowd, overdressed and trying to entertain clients, but the bar area keeps things moving. Good views looking south, clientele is people who like rooftop bars, mixed with midtown tourists staying in the hotel. Above average drinks at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
37th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
One of the few rooftop bars where there isn’t a lot of standing room…actually, there’s really just not much space. This rooftop is basically a bunch of tables and bench seating, filled with workers from the Fashion District and hotel guests. Service can be a little slow, but they’re friendly. Drinks are cocktails and wine, above average prices for each, taste fine.
39th St. btw 7th and 8th Ave.
Trying to get to this rooftop bar is like reenacting the Goodfellas Copacabana entrance scene. When you finally get to the elevator, you’re brought up stairs to a decent sized space where the drinks are, surprisingly, not outrageously priced. I mean, still above average, but not to a point of complaint. Views are pretty good, decent space even though they have VIP tables, and the crowd is 20’s-30’s mixed with tourists. they even have a TV for sports. Above average beers at above average prices, taste fine.
Grand St. and Thompson St.
Rooftop bar that pretty much has what most others do: great view (even though they’re all different of course), pool you can’t go in unless you’re a hotel guest, and pricey drinks that aren’t any different from ground floor bars or different enough to justify the high price. It’s smaller than most roof bars, and the crowd is a mix of hotel guests and people who like taking elevators to be seen. Staff is friendly, cocktails at cocktail prices (~13), taste alright.
Park Ave. btw 28th and 29th St.
The newer of the two Gansevoort hotel rooftops, and the lesser of the two. This one isn’t as pretentious, and maybe a buck cheaper on drinks, but it’s kind of like a Jersey Shore bar on a roof, with a lot of stairs and not as much open space. The crowd is really mixed, from young, to business kids, to coworkers, to an older crowd of guys mixed with mid 40’s Bon Jovi fans from Jersey. Average drinks and mixed drinks, above average prices, taste fine.
35th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
While there is an empty bar downstairs, make your way through the labyrinth of the top guest floor to a staircase (good luck finding it) into basically one big soft bench lined roof top that’s covered. Pluses, it’s big, not a lot of people, mixed crowd of all sorts, and a really good close-up view of the Empire State Building (as if you can’t see it from anywhere else in the city…). Negatives, it just feels a little run down. So if you want a quiet rooftop to relax, this might be for you. Average beers, average prices, taste fine.
26th St. and Park Ave.
This bar basically looks as if they took a rooftop studio apartment, gutted it, put some booths out and added a giant giraffe statue. All that aside (though its kind of peaceful), it’s pretty easy to get a table, though there is decent room outside of the seating area. Service is pretty good, crowd is a mix of business kids and hotel guests. Average beers and mixed drinks, slightly above average prices, taste fine.
38th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.
As far as rooftop bars go, this one is a good mix of lounge and bar, meaning you get the cozy mixed with people who go to lounges. Business kids, B&T’s and a 20-30’s crowd hang up here on the decent sized outdoor space that doesn’t provide a view of much besides the Empire State Building. A plus is a downstairs bar to wait in just in case it’s too crowded up top, which it usually is. Service is pretty good, average/above average/wine/cocktails for their respective average prices, taste fine.
39th St. btw 3rd and Lexington Ave.
Definitely one of the best looking roof tops I’ve been on, this place attracts your business kids, B&T’s, people on a date and hotel guests. There’s a good amount of space up here, and a handful of beers on tap. The only downside is that the service can be slow, even non-existent at times. Above average beers at above slightly average prices, taste fine.
23rd St. and 5th Ave.
Located on top of Eately, this roof top bar really doesn’t offer much in the view department for someplace that’s got great surroundings. Crowd is a mix of everyone really; older, business, 30’s, tourists, that all cram into the bar space or decide to grab a table for a meal. Service is pretty good, above average beers on tap, above average prices, taste fine.
Allen St. btw Houston and Stanton St.
While technically it’s on a roof (of a one story building), this outdoor patio (much better) draws a good crowd of business kids, B&T’s and over 30’s. On the rare chance you can score a seat (show up early), there’s a bunch of long tables, some short ones against the railing, with everyone else standing around in any possible space they can find. If you find your way here through the hotel and restaurant, you’re treated to above average/craft beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
Broadway btw 45th and 46th St.
Before you go in, place an over/under on how many people try to place one leg on the stationary part, the other on the rotating floor, and then grimace with surprise shock at how this could possibly hurt. Back to the review! Big rotating bar right above Times Square in the Marriott. It’s usually for tourists, hotel guests, or dates, all coming for the view (which is pretty good), all trying to grab one of the tables on the edge to take a few pictures, and then head out. Service is fine, average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.
46th St. btw Vanderbilt and Madison Ave.
Sometimes, not every roof top needs to have a bar. Some positives about this space is that the crowd is extremely diverse, from tourists/hotel guests to business people old and young, and the beers are priced around average. The negatives are there’s really not much to look at, the narrow space is extremely cluttered with furniture, and I wasn’t sure if I was going into the Fort Knox or a bar because that is a ridiculous amount of security/ear piece talking/dark hallways to get to this place. Beers are the high end of average while drinks are above average process, beers taste better than the drinks, service is good.
Delancey St. btw Clinton and Attorney St.
I guess it depends on what you come for, and that will determine your experience. IF you’re here for a band, there’s a good bar with average drinks at average prices. If you’re here for the bar, average drinks at above average prices (trust me, they took us behind the woodshed with our check). There’s also a rooftop where you can watch cars coming off the Williamsburg Bridge, if that’s your thing.
3rd Ave. and 29th St.
You’re either going to get one of two scenarios here: hoity toity right-out-of-college kids who think they’re in a club or people from an alumni association watching their team on one of the many TV’s. The drinks are good with average prices, the service does what it can to serve everyone quickly, and there are multiple levels to accommodate everyone, including a rooftop.
45th St. btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.
The second in the chain, rooftop bar included! Granted, it’s a small rooftop, but you take what you can get in midtown. The service was good, beers average prices and tasty, and apparently you can rent kegs for a party (or something like this was explained to me in a drunken stupor). The inside is as good as the original Perfect Pint, and the downstairs is a friendlier atmosphere than the yuppies on the roof.