Countless New Yorkers will find themselves on a rooftop at least once in the coming months. But it’s no secret that sometimes a pretty view comes at the expense of a solid food and beverage program. These rooftop bars give you some of the most unparalleled panoramas in the city—without sacrificing when it comes to food and drink.
STK Downtown’s fun, energetic rooftop vibe in the Meatpacking started up again on May 2 with new furnishings and a redesigned layout. If you’re looking for a time to stake out a seat, brunch is especially popular. From the monkey bread (think a fluffy bread topped with maple glaze and coffee ice cream) to the mini burgers, you could spend all weekend enjoying the menu items and views of the Hudson River and High Line. 26 W. Little 12th St., 646-624-2444
A DJ adds to the fun vibes on the rooftop of the McCarren Hotel & Pool, where guests can complement their craft cocktails with seasonally-inspired dishes like soft shell crab sliders and oysters on the half shell. Even with the views of Manhattan, you’ll want to stay put in Brooklyn. 160 N. 12th St., Brooklyn, 718-218-7500
The Refinery Rooftop feels like a friend’s luxe apartment with its sprawling patio dotted with comfy seating and plants. The grilled tacos or lobster tater tot nachos off chef Jeff Haskell’s new menu would perfectly complement cocktails like a Rockaway Lemonade or Venetian Spritz. 63 W. 38th St., 646-664-0310
Perched on the 18th-floor penthouse of the Marriott Courtyard Herald Square, the Monarch Rooftop Lounge spans nearly 5,000 square feet, which means you don’t have to crowd a bar to order your Watermelon Cooler or Passion Mojito. It also means you don’t have to fight for a table to enjoy truffle fries and tiger shrimp dumplings with your friends. 71 W. 35th St., 212-630-9993
YOTEL’s modern boutique hotel aesthetic is perfect for the fun vibe of Social Drink & Food, a terrace bar and restaurant on the fourth floor of this Hell’s Kitchen hotspot. The street food-themed menu from chef Kfir Ben-Ari features favorites like fish ‘n’ chips and chicken shashlik (skewers that also include tomatoes, onions, and pita). You can take in the bohemian vibe with drinks such as the Fig Caipirinha and Rosewater Martini. 570 10th Ave., 646-449-7790
The hip vibe at at Mr. Purple is equal parts sophisticated and low-key. Sling back a sparkling negroni and order street tacos or a veggie flatbread to snack on as you get ready to party against a dazzling downtown Manhattan backdrop. 180 Orchard St., 212-237-1790
The Roof at Park South boasts a menu of food and drinks worthy of any standalone restaurant. Tim Cushman, who runs the kitchens of o ya and Covina in the hotel, also overlooks the menu for the Roof, which includes pizzas, shrimp cocktail, burgers, and more. Besides the cocktails from beverage director Ted Kilpatrick, there will be growler service and pop-up bars with visiting guests. 124 E. 28th St., 212-448-0888