Quick Guide: 5 Chillest Rooftops in NYC

Get the view without the 'tude
by Toni-Ann Gardiner on Jun 16, 2013 in Roundups
Quick Guide: 5 Chillest Rooftops in NYC

NYC delivers the ideal backdrop for almost any night out — and on a dewy summer evening, there's really nothing better than enjoying a refreshing cocktail on a breezy rooftop. Unfortunately, your attempt at an easy night among the stars and skyscrapers can be too frequently hindered by long lines, rude bouncers and over-priced drinks. Here are five rooftops where you can enjoy the party and the view, no pretension required.

David Burke Garden and Treehouse Bar: Complete with canopies and stylish white couches, this chic rooftop serves quality cocktails and has a solid happy hour food menu to go with. Head over and up with a few friends, a first date, or a group of colleagues; the trendy ambiance provides the perfect environment for a widevariety of nights (23 Grand St.; 212-201-9119). 

Berry Park: The rooftop of this Williamsburg bar is your go-to spot for day drinking this summer. Its large deck, strong cocktails and awesome view of Manhattan makes it perfect for big groups. Extra bonus points for the atmosphere not being a complete hipster invasion (4 Berry St., Brooklyn; 718-782-2829).  

Pod 39 Hotel Rooftop Lounge: If you're in Murray Hill, you already know your options are limited — especially when trying to keep the night fun, yet low-key and inexpensive. This new rooftop on top of the Pod hotel is the solution to this common midtown Manhattan dilemma. The actual patio is small, but the view of the Empire State Building makes up for it. It's the right setting to get your first couple drinks before you start the rest of your night (145 E. 39th St.; 212-865-5700). 

Gallow Green: This true hidden gem — a green and luscious haven tucked atop the McKittrick Hotel — is where our friends at Sleep No More perform their innovative work all week. Whether you're coming to watch the theatrical piece or not, the rooftop is not to be missed (542 W. 27th St.; 212-564-1662). 

Night of JoyThough it's definitely hipster scene territory, the roof of this intimate bar still manages to remain unpretentious. The inside bar downstairs is reminiscent of a rich grandmother's well-kept parlour room, while the roof provides a smaller, more chill bar with a few scattered patio tables and couches, all romantically lit. Perfect for the times when you want to enjoy a drink and the NYC summer night, but pass on the high heels and long lines (667 Lorimer St, Brooklyn; 718-388-8693). 

Top: Pod 39; Bottom: Berry Park


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