▷ The 17 Best Rooftop Restaurants In NYC 2023 | The COMPLETE Guide (2023)

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19. June 2022


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For many people, New York is worth visiting because it means getting to indulge in some of the best food options in the world.For others, their first visit to the Big Apple is amazing for all of the views: the skylines, the parks, the historic buildings.To us, what makes New York so special is that happy combination of the two! New York is filled with amazing rooftop restaurants.

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Whether you’re looking for great places to eat brunch with a view in NYC or to grab a drink at one of NYC’s rooftop bars, you have plenty of choices. You can even pick from among the best NYC hotels with views to make sure you fall asleep and wake up with a view, too.

To help you sort through the best rooftop restaurants in NYC, we’ve put together the following guide. In addition to that, I’ve added you some of my favorite spots that aren’t rooftops, but from which you can get a gorgeous view of the New York skyline.

The most beautiful restaurants with a view of the skyline in New York City

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    French Restaurant inFinancial District

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    The restaurant Manhatta is one of the best restaurants in town and is perfect if you are looking for a restaurant for a special occasion. Not only is the food here at the highest level – so are you! Located on the 60th floor, it offers you a magnificent view of the city!

    Price level: $$$$

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    The View

    American Restaurant inTheatre District

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    The View restaurant on the 48th floor is really unique: the entire platform rotates very slowly, so you can enjoy a fantastic 360° panoramic view over Manhattan. The food is tasty and served with great attention to detail on the plates. The restaurant is located in the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.

    Price level: $$$

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    Peak Restaurant

    American Restaurant inHudson Yards

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    Helmed by Executive Chef Chris Cryer (formerly Executive Chef at one of our favorite restaurants in Manhattan Seamore’s), Peak at Hudson Yards is a modern Americana la carte restaurant with breathtaking views of New York City and beyond. Peak will be located at the summit of the 1,296-foot tall tower. So, the name Peak couldn’t be more accurate, right?Express elevators will take guests from the lounge to the 101st floor in a heartbeat.

    The restaurant Peaksits one floor above the observation deck at Hudson YardsEdge.

    Occupying the entire 101st-floor, the restaurant will encompass a 110-seat dining room, a 45-seat cocktail bar which both will be offeringthe south-facing view of downtown, the harbor, and sunsets. A private dining room and an event space for up to 300. Perfect for weddings, fancy dinners, your unforgettable night out in New York, or a great place to have a drink after visiting the observation deck Edge at Hudson Yards.

    Price level: $$$$

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    Bar Blondeau

    Rooftop Bar inWilliamsburg

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    Right next to the Brooklyn Brewery (our favorite beer) is the Wythe Hotel with its rooftop bar “The Ides”. From there you have a great view on the skyline of Manhattan. And: the bar is totally relaxed: no bottle service (i.e. you don’t have to take off whole bottles of champagne and co.) and no dress code make for a relaxed atmosphere.

    Price level: $$$

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    Westlight NYC

    Rooftop Bar inWilliamsburg

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    Rooftop Bar Westlight at The William Vale Hotel

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    The Westlight in Brooklyn is considered one of the most beautiful rooftop bars in New York – and rightly so! It belongs to The William Vale Hotel and has a rooftop bar, a lounge area, a bar and a restaurant. What distinguishes the Westlight from many other spots is the unspoilt panoramic view of Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

    Price level: $$$$

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    The River Café in Brooklyn

    American Restaurant inDumbo

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    The River Café is a first-class restaurant that offers one of the best views of Manhattan due to its location on the East River. Predestined for a romantic candlelight dinner. If you want to eat here, you should definitely reserve a table. Preferably as early as possible. Attention dress code: It is a bit fancier and therefore at least jeans & jacket for men and elegant for women.

    Price level: $$$$

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    American Restaurant inMidtown Manhattan

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    At Columbus Circle, on the top floor of the Museum of Art and Design, is the great Restaurant Robert. In addition to an exquisite Thanksgiving dinner, you can enjoy the fantastic view of Central Park and Broadway and end the evening with a delicious cocktail.

    Price level: $$

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    Island Oyster

    Sea Food Restaurant inGovernors Island

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    Island Oyster is a small insider spot on Governors Island, where you can enjoy a great view of the southern tip of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Just right with a drink in your hand!

    Price level: $$

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    Rooftop Restaurant inFinancial District

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    Saga is one of the most exclusive and best restaurants with a view in New York. If you’re lucky enough to get a table, you’ll get a sensational view of the city – no wonder, it’s located on the 63rd floor of the Art Deco 70 Pine building.

    In my experience, only the Manhatta and the Peak offer similarly spectacular views from above.

    Price level: $$$$$

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    Electric Lemon

    Rooftop Bar inHudson Yards

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    On the 24th floor of the Equinox Hotel in the Hudson Yards you will find the rooftop bar Electric Lemon – I myself have been here several times and am thrilled every time. The atmosphere here is very special and the view over the Hudson River at sunset is amazing.

    The first area of the Electric Lemon Rooftop Bar consists of several lounge furniture and tables, then you will immediately notice the stylish outdoor bar and glass fireplace (and the view of The Vessel), which really comes into its own in the evening. Add to that a huge wire sculpture and a water basin – really nice!

    The larger area with lots of comfy lounge chairs is the part where you probably spend the most time. Especially if you’ve been out on the High Line, the Electric Lemon Rooftop Bar is a really nice spot to relax. They make you pay for it, too: Cocktails cost $19.

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    Italian Restaurant inDumbo

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    Celestine is wonderfully located right on the East River at the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO and offers you a sensational view of the New York skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Manhattan Bridge.

    If you are looking for a romantic and very special restaurant, you definitely have to check out Celestine!

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    Price level: $$$

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    This itinerary contains over 50 spots and highlights of the city, including a map that shows you the best way to travel each day, taking you to or past the many big attractions. In addition, we‘ve added our favorite places, from great breakfast spots to start your day right to small bars and restaurants and hidden insider spots.

    What awaits you here now is the perfect New York week, because this is what my itinerary would look like if I were visiting the Big Apple for the first or second time right now!


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    The Greens On The Rooftop At Pier 17

    Rooftop Restaurant inFinancial District

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    What The Greens On The Rooftop lacks in height, it makes up for in beautiful skyline, Brooklyn Bridge, and East River views. Set apart from the city and much closer to the river, this is an inviting, exciting way to take in the city.

    This is also another one of the best rooftop restaurants in NYC in terms of variety of food. Stop by for a snack – like their vegetable summer rolls and shrimp rolls – or for a full meal. If you’ve got space for a full-on entrée, the Crab Cake with a Sugar Snap Pea Remoulade is a lightly filling choice that pairs well with a sunset view.

    Price level: $$$

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    Ampia Restaurant & Rooftop

    Rooftop Restaurant inFinancial District

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    A trip to New York is an awe-inspiring experience, especially as you find yourself surrounded by buildings that stretch toward the sky in a way that few cities can match. That’s the charm and the appeal of Ampia, one of the best rooftop restaurants in NYC.

    Located in the Financial District, it features lovely little greenhouses that allow for an intimate evening out even when amongst so many titans of industry.

    Given the limited number, you’ll do best to reach out and reserve a greenhouse ahead of time. That effort is worth it because you’ll know you’re setting yourself up for a wonderful Italian-inspired dinner. We’re suckers for the self-named Ampia, a bright salad of Rocket Arugula and Maine Lobster with a Lemon Vinaigrette.

    Price level: $$$

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    Grand Banks

    Sea Food Restaurant inTribeca

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    Water, a great view of Manhattan and a great atmosphere – the location is simply the best. You are sitting on a historic ship called F/V Sherman Zwicker on the Hudson River and can enjoy New York from the water when the weather is fine. The place also serves great drinks and seafood.

    Price level: $$$

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    Rooftop Reds

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    The only problem with this beautiful view of the NYC skyline? It just happens to be interrupted by NYC’s only rooftop vineyard!

    Located in Brooklyn, Rooftop Reds is actually the world’s first commercially viable urban rooftop vineyard. That means in addition to getting a wide-open view of the NYC skyline, you’re also supporting one of the most innovative wine projects in NYC.

    And what would a glass of wine be without a great pairing? Rooftop Reds has this covered with a wide selection of gourmet cheeses to start the meal, then a partnership with nearby pizzeria Il Porto. If you’ve got a bold wine, pair it with Al Diavolo Pizza for a spice-forward blend.

    Price level: $$

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    The Water Club

    Rooftop Restaurant inKips Bay

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    Located on the East River, the restaurant scores with its prime location, relaxed rooftop bar and first class food. You can come here for brunch, dinner or just for good cocktails. And if the weather doesn’t play along, there’s a piano bar with a fireplace.

    Price level: $$$

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    Pilot Brooklyn

    Sea Food Restaurant inDumbo

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    As you know, we love the two-master “Grand Banks” at Piers 25 in Manhattan. The same operators now have a counterpart, the Pilot Brooklyn, at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Enjoy a sensational view of Manhattan with a drink in hand – or enjoy smaller (but delicious) seafood dishes!

    Price level: $$

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Does Pier 17 rooftop have food? ›

Our Restaurant & Bar is located on the west side of The Rooftop at Pier 17.

Which is the highest rooftop bar in NYC? ›

The Sky Room occupies the 33rd and 34th floors of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Times Square. This rooftop bar provides a stylishly modern venue with views of the Hudson River and the Empire State Building, setting the stage for a perfect rooftop bar view.

Does Pier 17 rooftop have seats? ›

Concerts on The Rooftop at Pier 17 are general admission standing, unless otherwise noted on the show's correlating Ticketmaster page.

How early should you get to Pier 17? ›

Fans are not allowed to campout on venue property overnight any days prior, but we welcome all ticket holders to arrive the day of their show when Pier 17 opens at 11AM.

What is the most exclusive nightclub in New York? ›

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What is the oldest bar in NYC? ›

The Ear Inn is New York City's oldest bar — and it hasn't changed much since the first drinks were poured.

Which view is better Top of the Rock or Empire State? ›

The views from the Empire State Building have a lot going for them, including clearer views of southern Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, but when it comes to staring down at the green lung of the city that is Central Park, Top of the Rock's views are far superior.

How much does it cost to go to the top of the Edge? ›

Premium Admission
  • Adult (21+) Ages 21 - 61. ONLINE FROM $75. ON SITE $78.
  • Adult. Ages 13 - 20. General Admission Ticket Only. ONLINE FROM $40. ON SITE $42.
  • Child. Ages 6 - 12 General Admission Ticket Only. ONLINE FROM $35. ON SITE $37.
  • Senior. Ages 62+ ONLINE FROM $74. ON SITE $76.

What buildings can you go to the top of in NYC for free? ›

They are: Empire State, Top of the Rock and One World Observatory Although they have incredible views there are other places from which you can enjoy the beautiful skyline without having to pay.

How many people fit in Pier 17 rooftop? ›

Pier 17 | BizBash. Flexible indoor and outdoor event spaces with capacity for up to 1,500 people.

Do you have to be vaccinated for Pier 17? ›


All ticketholders attending this concert on The Rooftop at Pier 17 will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, OR a negative COVID-19 test to be permitted entry.

How many people does the rooftop at Pier 17 hold? ›

The Rooftop at Pier 17 is a 3,400 person capacity venue in New York, NY. There are 4 upcoming events.

Does Pier 17 have a parking lot? ›

Pier 17 is located at 89 South St New York, NY 10038. Parking is available at multiple lots nearby, see below for options.

Is the Heineken Green Zone at Pier 17 worth it? ›

The Heineken Green Zone is the perfect upgrade for the ultimate fans. See your favorite artists from a reserved viewing area near the stage and take advantage of an exclusive bar during the show.

Why is the Pier 17 famous? ›

Located in New York City's founding neighborhood, Pier 17 is drenched in history. A stone's throw from the Financial District and The World Trade Center, the area has more recently been synonymous with Wall Street workers and tourists visiting the 9/11 Memorial.

What club do celebrities go to in New York? ›

Soho House New York

The truth of the matter is that the best parties from this brand are thrown in New York City, which means lots of celebrities' appearances for the functions. Soho House is strictly for members only, and it has been so for a long time.

Where do millionaires party in NYC? ›

These are some highly rated millionaires club in New York, NY:
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Which street is one of the most expensive and elegant streets in NY? ›

New York's Fifth Avenue has reclaimed its position as the world's most expensive retail street, with average annual rents of $2,000 per sq ft.

What is the most famous bar in the world? ›

There's a new cosmopolitan cocktail capital: Barcelona is home to Paradiso, the newly crowned world's best bar. For the first time since the World's 50 Best Bars list was created in 2009, a bar outside of New York or London earned the No. 1 spot on the list.

What is the oldest deli in NYC? ›

Katz's Delicatessen Katz's Delicatessen - NYC's oldest deli.

What is the famous tavern in New York? ›

1762. New York's oldest and most historic bar and restaurant, Fraunces Tavern® is a National Landmark building that once served as a watering hole for many of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.

What is the most exclusive area of Manhattan? ›

Hudson Yards remained NYC's #1 most expensive neighborhood for the fourth consecutive year. This year, the neighborhood actually reached a new pricing height of $5,102,000, which was the result of a 7% Y-o-Y price increase.

What time do you go out in NYC? ›

Although the city is known as The City That Never Sleeps, you need to be aware of the party timing. Parties in NYC usually start a bit earlier, between 10 pm and 11 pm. At 11:30 pm, parties are generally busy, with queues at the door – and it makes it a bit difficult to get into the place.

How to get into 1 Oak NYC? ›

The best plan is to order a table and bottle service. Or to get on the guestlist so you can guarantee you will get in without trouble. If you're on the guestlist there is almost no chance of a cover charge, even if you arrive late. And if you have a reservation, then you will get in.

Can you eat at the top of the Rockefeller Center? ›

The highest open-air terrace bar in New York is at Bar Sixty-Five at Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center.

Can I eat at Hyde Park? ›

Hyde Park has a variety of cafes and kiosks to choose from offering everything from ice creams and baked items to sandwiches and hot meals.

What is the name of the restaurant at St Pete Pier? ›

Teak, an elevated casual dining restaurant named after a fine tropical hardwood, is the marquee eatery in the elegant building at the end of the Pier. Located on the fourth floor of the Pier Point structure, Teak offers dining imbued with a Florida flair, lovely views of Tampa Bay.

How long do people spend at the Top of the Rock? ›

Guests can stay on the observation decks as long as they like during operating hours. On average, people spend about 45 minutes to an hour at Top of the Rock.

How much time do you need at Rockefeller Center? ›

including queing, Id allow at least 2hours.

Do you need to be vaccinated to get into Rockefeller Center? ›

In accordance with NYC mandates and to be fully implemented by September 13, 2021, Top of the Rock Observation Deck and the Rockefeller Center Tour will require proof of vaccination for all guests 12 years and older who wish to visit.

Can you wear shorts to Hyde Park Steakhouse? ›

No jeans , shorts, t-shirts or flip flops!!

Can you eat at Hell's Kitchen? ›

However, not only is the infamous Hell's Kitchen restaurant a real place, it's actually just part of Gordon Ramsay's growing cooking empire. If you want to taste what the celebrity chef has to offer, you don't have to subject yourself to angry yelling.

Can you walk through Hyde Park at night? ›

Hyde Park is open from 5:00 am until midnight all year round.

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