Spring Rooftops that are worth the visit this season

The warmer weather is a sign that rooftop season is officially here in the city. … An oasis from the hustle and bustle of the busy Manhattan street, these rooftops are open to everyone looking for a good time and an even better view. Don’t believe us…just take a look below:

Located in the heart of New York City at the top of Dream Hotel Midtown, PHD Terrace is an indoor/outdoor all-year-round rooftop oasis perfect for after-work drinks, weekly programming and private events, with a retractable roof. With breathtaking panoramic views of Manhattan and Times Square, PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown is the ultimate destination for a temporary escape from the hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan.

Infamously known for the annual holiday pop-ups & weekly Aperitivo Tuesday programming, PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown was fully transformed for the winter months into a whimsical European garden, Midwinter Night’s Dream, with décor elements including: over the top floral installations, a floor-to-ceiling swing, and a tunnel of lights that was coined ‘the perfect sport for the holiday Instagram’.

The expansive rooftop with an East and West terrace has a wide cocktail and culinary program. Signature and famed items include: ‘Instagram-Famous’ Mega Moscow Mule, 20 Pound Spiked Hot Cocoa, Flaming Mac n Cheese Balls, Buttermilk Tacos and Crispy Chicken, 14” Boozy Cookie Skillet, among others. (210 W 55th Street, New York, NY; 646.756.2044)

Perched 18 floors above the city, Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge boasts five carnival-themed distinct environments and is the largest indoor/outdoor all-season hotel rooftop in New York City. With a fully retractable roof perfect for any season, the venue has two indoor/outdoor main areas: The East side, overlooking the Empire State Building, has elegant garden-party fixtures, while the west is more overtly carnival-esque, offering a rotating carousel for seating.

Tucked into a corner is the hotel’s most Instagrammed feature: Foreplay, a miniature putt-putt course that, instead of windmills, has follies of colossal-size animals in flirty poses. In between the two spaces, the venue’s gallery-like entrance hall features whimsical topiary animals in naughty positions, and a small interior lounge has a sexy urban-industrial vibe, with wire mesh panels riveted to the ceiling and walls.

A menu of shareable light bites is rooted in the world of state fair — including a Jumbo Soft NY Pretzel, Disco Waffle Fries with Nacho Cheese, Crispy Zucchini with Aioli, Chicken Tenders with Mikes Hot Honey, and Magic Hour Sliders, among others — while an impressive list of over-the-top cocktails are available including the Disco Ball For All, Popcorn Anyone, and High Octane that can be shared amongst a group of friends. (485 7th Avenue, New York, NY; 212.268.0188)

Located in the heart of Meatpacking and nestled atop the CATCH NYC restaurant, the acclaimed indoor/outdoor penthouse is known for its panoramic views of the city skyline, ultra-chic atmosphere and thriving nightlife. Guests can enjoy dishes from the full a la carte menu or simply sip cocktails in a sophisticated setting.

Open for brunch on the weekends and every night of the week, CATCH Roof transforms from rooftop dining room to destination nightlife location, offering the absolute best of both worlds. Come early and dine al fresco on the outdoor terrace and stay late to enjoy the nightlife scene at this notoriously chic Meatpacking haunt.

Roof at Park South is a seasonal rooftop cocktail bar and garden oasis above the Park South Hotel. Roof at Park South provides a unique sky-high experience with quintessential summer cocktails to pair with a delicious bar menu from James Beard Award Winning Chef Tim Cushman — the perfect complements to unobstructed views of the city skyline, making it the best outdoor celebration destination. Expect a new menu and a refreshed look when the roof reopens on May 1st, with a sneak preview week kicking off on April 22nd.

This stunning rooftop bar with both indoor and outdoor seating, boasts unobstructed views of the iconic Empire State Building and the busy streets below of Manhattan’s historic Garment District. The outdoor terrace is comfortable and relaxed with couches and low tables to sit back, chill out and take in the breathtaking surroundings and blue skies.

With an extensive list of signature, seasonal cocktails, NY classics, and a speciality “mocktail” list paired with a simple but delicious food menu, Refinery Rooftop offers guests the ultimate outdoor dining experience during the warm weather. As part of the I Give A Sip campaign, this springtime Refinery Rooftop features the signature Spring Freezer cocktail made with Tito’s Vodka, elderflower, raspberry, lemon, topped with prosecco.

From every signature cocktail sold, $1 will go towards GrowNYC to improve New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities and empower all New Yorkers.

The Lookup, the newest concept from Chris Barish and wife Julie Mulligan of Black Tap Craft Beer & Burgers, the international restaurant sensation home to award-winning burgers and world-famous CrazyShake™ milkshakes officially opens on Wednesday, May 15 (weather permitting) at the soon-to-be Kixby Hotel at 45 W. 35th St. in Midtown, NYC.

The Lookup will also offer elevated bar food items ($8-$20) such as unique dips like Whipped Green Chile Beer Cheese and Sriracha Carrot Hummus, seasoned popcorn such as Truffle Parmesan and Caramel & Black Pepper , Rosé infused Meyer Lemon Shrimp Cocktail, pressed bar sandwiches with vegetarian options, in addition to rotating desserts.

Mondrian Terrace is located on the 15th floor of the Mondrian Park Avenue. Overlooking the corner of Park Avenue and 30th Street, the terrace offers impressive views of New York City.

Sip on signature cocktails paired with delicious small bites as you watch the sunset over downtown Manhattan. With both indoor and outdoor seating, Mondrian Terrace is the perfect spot for an after work drink, celebration with friends, or casual nightcap during the longer summer evenings.

Created in collaboration between Merchants Hospitality and Public Agenda, Ophelia is an opulent rooftop lounge atop the Beekman Tower in Midtown East. Set 26-stories above the bustle of the city, Ophelia offers 360-degree views of the East River and Manhattan skyline alongside signature cocktails. Designed to resemble an illuminating “jewel box” immersed in the skyline, Ophelia features restored elements from its original architecture and thoughtfully layers design elements from the 1920s and 30s.

The lounge features two outdoor terraces as well as indoor greenhouses, ideal for enjoying in the stunning views. Try new spring/summer cocktails crafted by Amir Babayoff including the Aegean Paloma with ouzo, grapefruit rose, pink peppercorn, and rosewater, and the A La Espanola with Nolet’s Gin, edinburgh rhubarb, ginger gin liqueur, juniper berries and Fever Tree tonic.

Embrace the warmer weather with signature cocktails and sweeping Hudson River views at A.R.T. SoHo (Arlo Roof Top). Kicking off May 1st, A.R.T. SoHo will unveil a new thoughtful spring/summer menu of creative, art-inspired original cocktails, large format drinks serving 4–8, in addition to frosé and boozy ice-pops to beat the heat. This season, the brand will be debuting A.R.T. SoHo’s sister rooftop bar, A.R.T. NoMad, at 11 E. 31st Street.

Midtown’s upscale Chinese restaurant DaDong has a stunning second-story Garden Terrace perfect for al fresco dining and drinking. The 150-seat picturesque terrace features an outdoor bar, dining and lounge space with awesome views of midtown Manhattan.

Guests can kick back under wooden pergolas while enjoying frosé or oysters from their Raw Bar. A tranquil reflecting pool is at the center of the terrace, surrounded by potted greenery, and water sculptures by Chinese artist Zheng Lu.

Located on the fourth floor of the Yotel Hotel is Social Drink & Food, a gorgeous outdoor rooftop terrace available to hotel guests and locals alike. Offering spectacular views of midtown, the space is decorated with green turf floors, rainbow colored furniture, and beautiful shrubbery. Social Drink & Food features modern Mediterranean dishes from sister restaurant Green Fig along with creative cocktails, beer, and wine. For an extra dose of fun, guests can play a round of mini golf while the sun sets on their new course.

Located on the 21st floor of Hotel 50 Bowery sits The Crown is a rooftop bar & lounge. Commanding some of the only sweeping views of downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, and even the far off silhouettes of Queens and New Jersey, from Chinatown, The Crown offers guests two different outdoor terraces and multiple vantage points to take it all in.

A variety of Asian-inspired cocktails and a small menu of rotating globally-inspired small bites complement the expansive views, while the large copper-accented indoor lounge offers respite from the sun and weather. The Crown is truly a unique addition to the Chinatown neighborhood, and is inspired by its rich history.

Rooftop bar JIMMY at The James is getting ready to debut its new spring menu, created by Co-Owner and Mixologist Johnny Swet. The atmosphere is intimate and refined, with lingham wood floors, swank modular furniture, dark cinnamon glazed tile walls, and a working fireplace — all surrounded by 14’ windows with panoramic views of Midtown, Wall Street, the Hudson River, and the bridges spanning the East River.

The lush green space reopens with the annual Herb Festival on Saturday, April 20.

The McKittrick’s perennial rooftop bar Gallow Green undergoes a dramatic transformation each year, from a cozy mountainside escape known as The Lodge at Gallow Green in the colder months, to a whimsical secret garden for the spring and summer.

The space is inspired by its downstairs neighbor, Sleep No More, the richly detailed 360-degree experiential retelling of Macbeth. Is outfitted as a Scottish train station overgrown with flowers, herbs and hanging vines, withboth open air space and protection from the elements to accommodate guests rain or shine.

Visitors to Gallow Green enjoy an all-new seasonal selection of potent handcrafted cocktails, share plates, fresh pizzas and weekend brunch expertly prepared by the hotel’s Executive Chef, Pascal Le Seac’h.

Situated up on top of the Sanctuary Hotel, far away from all the hustle and bustle of Midtown down below, is a year round fully enclosed and elevated oasis. Haven is surrounded by breathtaking views of Manhattan and offers guests delicious food and craft cocktails. Bar favorites include sliders, tuna tartare, and Buffalo wings, or dine on Steak Au Poivre with peppercorn sauce or Branzino.

Don’t forget to pair your meal with one of their signature cocktails. Whether you’re in the mood to frolic in the sun with a cold cocktail or you want to party with a bunch of friends in the city that never sleeps, Haven Rooftop is a chic and festive restaurant and bar that offers a DJ, flat screen TVs, and a night to remember.

Downtown Louisville’s only rooftop restaurant and lounge, 8UP offers panoramic views of the city skyline. Serving a menu of contemporary American cuisine, the restaurant also boasts an impressive selection numbering over 100 bottles of bourbons, whiskies, and ryes. Inventive cocktails include the elegant Fit for the Queen devised of Castle & Key gin, honey, lemon, earl grey, and rosemary as well as the elevated take on the classic Bourbon & Coke made from the specially made Wathen’s 8UP Private Select bourbon, Mexican coke reduction, and cherry bark-vanilla bitters.

Offering 360 degree views of the city and Maumee River, The Heights presents guests with unique hand-crafted cocktails and cuisine. Located atop of the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel, the restaurant boasts a menu from Chef Aaron Lawson featuring a selection of street tacos, char-grilled dishes, and wood-fried pizzas like the Short Rib Pizza topped with chili BBQ, smoked tomatoes, white cheddar cheese, and red onion or the oven-roasted Braised Lamb served with grilled bread, butter fondue, and tomato jam.

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