I've been to nearly every NYC rooftop bar - Part 1

These are the 7 best for summer 2022

Panorama Room

Best reason to go to Roosevelt Island

Photo: Noah Fecks / Panorama Room

the Panorama Room, located 18 floors atop the Graduate hotel, lives up to its name with all-encompassing views of the east side of Manhattan, Queens, and parts of Brooklyn.

Plus, there are excellent food offerings marrying low and high-brow delights, including caviar nachos and truffle fries.

Bar Blondeau, Williamsburg

Best for gawking at the Manhattan skyline without being in Manhattan

Photo: Liz Clayman / Bar Blondeau

It’s only six floors up, but Bar Blondeau, located atop the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, offers a stunning view of Manhattan from across the East River.

Gallow Green, Chelsea

Best for drinking in a garden with a view

Photo: Noah Fecks for The McKittrick Hotel

Set above The McKittrick Hotel (not an actual hotel), famous for housing the interactive performance “Sleep No More,” Gallow Green is a verdant and lively spot that offers frozen rosé/vodka drinks and margarita flights, as well as an array of classic cocktails to go along with the views over Chelsea rooftops and the High Line.

Overstory, Financial District

Best for a pre- or post-dinner drink

Photo: Courtesy of Overstory

Sixty-four floors up, Overstory is brought to you by the people who gave us Saga, the elegant restaurant one floor down, and Crown Shy, the elegant restaurant on the ground floor of this Downtown Manhattan skyscraper.

RT60, Times Square

Best for rocking out with the views

Photo: Courtesy of RT60

The servers at this 34th-floor bar sport name tags that also include their favorite bad or musical artists. You might see Depeche Mode, Prince or Led Zeppelin and it ends up becoming a conversation starter.

No surprise that RT60 sits atop the new Hard Rock Hotel near Times Square.

The Ready, East Village

Best for feeling like you’re at a backyard party

Photo: The Ready NYC

Located atop the Moxy in the East Village, the rooftop bar has a raucous vibe, like you just arrived, mid-party, at a friend’s backyard beer-laden bash—and if that friend had, by chance, a retractable roof and tableside coolers filled with cans of beer and bottles of wine.

Daintree, Midtown

Best for sipping a martini in the sky

Photo: Daintree

Thirty floors up in Midtown—just two blocks south of Bryant Park—sits Daintree, a sophisticated plant-laden lounge (with indoor and outdoor seating options) that puts its boozy focus on one particular drink: the martini.

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