Booze With a View: NYC’s Best Rooftop Hotspots

by Nicole Vullo of Nitetables

Nothing’s better than having a drink with friends…except for having one (or more) while perched at the perfect table at one of the city’s most popular open-air bars.We’ve rounded up nine New York warm-weather wonders where you can sip, eat and/or dance beneath the stars and skyline.

HOTEL CHANTELLE (92 Ludlow St.) Ooh la la! If not for the sight of the nearby Williamsburg Bridge, the gorgeous top floor of this chic, three-floor rest-lounge would have you swearing you were in Paris. Thanks to the clear, retractable roof, Hotel Chantelle and its brasserie decor (think old-fashioned standing street lamps and pretty, striped garden furniture) can be enjoyed year-round. Come for happy hour and enjoy 1/2-price artisanal cocktails at the bar (try the Clementine or the Delancey); once you get a buzz going, we bet you stay for dinner. As the hour grows later, bottles abound, and the place fills with stylish Lower East Side types. John Legend, Charlotte Ronson and Tilda Swinson have all partied here, and the Soho International Film Festival folks like it so much they held two of their recent 2012 Filmmakers Lounges on the premises.

Sample Deal: Hotel Chantelle’s $500 Executive package offers a party of eight free admission, a VIP table and two bottles of Ultimat vodka.

SKY ROOM (330 West 40th St.) The name says it all! Located on the 33rd and 34th floors of the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Times Square, this sophisticated, two-level lounge/club (pictured above) never lets you forget that you are partying in the middle of it all. Indeed, it’s the highest rooftop lounge in the city and features five distinct lounge areas with cabanas, terraces, private rooms — one even boasts a greenhouse-like ceiling. And the exotic, eccentric decor (think illuminated furniture and illuminated floor tiles) is almost as dazzling as the 360-degree city views.

Sample Deal: Sky Room’s $400 Birthday Bash package offers a party of 6 free admission, along with a VIP table, a bottle of Perrier Jouet Grand Brut, a half-bottle of Corzo tequila and a birthday cake.

HUDSON RIVER CAFÉ (697 West 133rd St.) From May through October, this West Harlem restaurant/lounge/club is one of the most desirable locations in the city, thanks to an abundance of outdoor space on the Hudson River. Come Memorial Day weekend, the tents that keep patrons warm through the winter will come down, allowing unobstructed views of outrageous sunsets. After dark, drinking, dancing and general revelry ensues, thanks to DJs spinning a wide range of music: hip-hop, Latin, house and more.

Sample Deal: For only $100, Hudson River Cafe’s Couples Nite dinner package offers you and a date each comped admission, as well choice of an appetizer, entrée and dessert, and unlimited house champagne.

HUDSON TERRACE (621 West 46th St.) Already regarded as one of city’s best-loved rooftops,  thanks to luxe VIP cabanas with stunning views of midtown and the Hudson River, this upscale nightclub is about to become even more of a draw. On May 5, when Hudson Terrace opens its retractable roof for the first time this season, they’ll also unveil formidable upgrades to their sound and lighting systems. Expect a bash to rival the New York Giants’ recent Super Bowl Victory Party! (Psst: The NiteTables launch party, with performances by Kat Deluna and Joe Budden, was held here too.)

Sample Deal: Hudson Terrace’s Grey Goose Package provides free admission and reserved cabana for up to 10 guests, along with 3 bottles of Grey Goose vodka and a bottle of Gabrielle for $1,150.

COPACABANA (268 West 47th St.) Having relocated to its new Midtown West location last year, the world-famous Copa ups the ante with its recently opened an top-floor, open-air lounge. (Although, thanks to a retractable cover, patrons can “raise the roof” whatever the weather.) Outfitted with lush leather couches, its own bar area and the Copa’s trademark Cuban-style decor, this is sure to be a hotspot for Summer 2012.

Sample Deal: One of our most popular packages, the $200 Copa’s Buenos Noches package gets the party started with free admission and a reserved table for five guests, along with a bottle of Absolut & Flavors.

BAR 13 (35 East 13th St.) Want to party below 14th Street but don’t want to deal with the doorman and velvet rope drama that usually comes with it? Consider Bar 13. This high-energy, no-pretension bar/lounge/club is always a good time, and it’s especially hopping when the roof is open for business (and pleasure!). Enjoy the warm weather atop Union Square without having to descend stairs to get another drink: The outdoor deck’s got its own bar.

Sample Deal: Bar 13’s Stepping Out package offers a party of four people, free admission, a reserved table and a bottle of Absolut for $250.

NAKED LUNCH (17 Thompson St.) As anyone who’s ever walked along Thompson Street on a beautiful evening knows, this place throws parties that spill out onto the sidewalk! Naked Lounge is always a vibrant scene, but revelers turn it up to 11 during spring and summer when the oversized windows and doors are thrown open. The girls — and guys! — here just wanna have fun while sipping their cucumber mojitos (the house specialty) and singing along to the best music of the 80s, 90s and today. Bachelorette parties welcome!

Sample Deal: The Party Time package offers three bottles of Ketel One, two bottles of house champagne, admission for 15 guests and reserved seating for $825.

TONIC EAST (411 Third Ave.) You don’t have to wait for nightfall to enjoy the roof atop this laid-back Murray Hill eatery/lounge. This space is as good for savoring an after-work libation as it is for tipsily toasting to the greatest city in the world — especially while gazing up at the nearby Empire State Building. A DJ is usually on hand spinning familiar hits and, starting this spring, Tonic East will hold an all-day happy hour on its roof from noon to 8 p.m.

Sample Deal: Don’t like to share? Book Tonic East’s Rooftop Open Bar Patio Party, and your group can have the entire roof to yourselves! The package is good for 20 people and perfect for a company party, birthday or bachelor/bachelorette bash. This $1,500 ($75 per person) package includes three-hour, top-shelf open-bar privileges (draft and bottled beer, wine and soda included) and a full buffet (includes your choice of three appetizers, two salads, two entrees and two side dishes).

TRAFFIC (701 Ninth Ave.) Located in Hell’s Kitchen, it’s a comfortable after-work spot for drinks and eats during the spring and summer. Decorated with a modern industrial feel, Traffic features three floor-to-ceiling garage doors that, when opened, create a completely open-air space. Additionally, a large island bar allows for service on all sides and is flanked by two communal cocktail tables.

Sample Deal: Traffic’s $160 Green Light Girls Night package offers four gal pals six appetizers, a bottle of Castello Di Gabbiano Pinot Grigio and a bottle of Colores del Sol Malbec. NOTE: this must be booked 24 hours in advance.

This is a guest blog from our friends at Nitetables. Check out their website for exclusive deals on nightlife throughout NYC (and LA, too!)


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