The Best Rooftop Lounges in NYC
The best rooftop lounges in NYC are the watering holes of the affluent, young, hip denizens of the city – and with this list, you’ll know where to find them
By Jonathan Hackman
For those who have never been, the rooftop lounges in NYC may seem like some mythical fabrication of network sitcoms. Like the Playboy mansion, it exists, but subconsciously you’ve accepted you’re probably not going. How wrong you are. Not only are rooftop lounges in NYC accessible—and every bit as wonderful as depicted in the media—there are a plethora to choose from. Here are a handful of the best NYC has to offer:
Salon de Ning: Located off 5th Ave., this hotspot looks straight out of turn of the century Shanghai. It’s sophisticated, it’s chic and it offers an impressive blend of East and West decorum. Whether you’re going to meet new people or impress someone you’re with, it’s a place worth being seen.
A 60 Thompson Hotel: This terrace atop the Sixty Thompson in SoHo is open to hotel guests or private parties. The view is impossible to beat, and atop this building you’ll find yourself rubbing elbows with the rich and famous. This one is an A-lister’s favorite.
The Press Lounge: The Press Lounge is located on the 16th floor of the Kimpton Hotel’s 11th Ave. property. Again, the view is amazing, and while some lounges can feel cramped and confining, the Press is wide open and spacious with a stylish modern look.
Gansevoort Park Rooftop: So you’re in NYC—that’s no excuse not to enjoy a dose of Miami nightlife. This triple decked roof features an indoor/outdoor pool, lounge areas, and balconies with unparalleled views of the Empire State Building. It’s an impressive feat to get yourself upstairs, but if you do be prepared for one of the hottest rooftop lounges in NYC.