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It's More Fun on a Roof

Enhance your summer with our exhaustive rooftop-drinking guide.


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La Piscine
Hôtel Americano, 518 W. 27th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-525-0000
La ­Piscine feels like a barbecue on your friends’ deck, if your friends included the Lion veteran Joseph Buenconsejo (who mans the grill). Patrons keep refreshed with $16 caipirinhas, while a selection of ten mezcals fuels the more adventurous. Just be sure to keep partakers away from the pool.
The View: the High Line, the Hudson, and the Empire State Building
The Menu: Greek-influenced fare: your branzinos, your lamb chops glazed with rosemary, etc. Drinks: Come for the mezcal, stay for the mixed drinks and the rosé bottle service.
The Hours: Daily (6 p.m.–midnight) Reservations are required for dinner.

Brooklyn Crab
24 Reed St., nr. Conover St., Red Hook; 718-643-2722
It's not really on the roof, but there are two decks boasting unrivaled views of the Harbor, plus succulent seafood fare is what Brooklyn Crab. It's brought to you by the folks behind the rooftop bar Alma in Brooklyn. Besides a raw bar, they're offering soups, salads, sandwiches, steak, and probably other things beginning with S, in addition to promising family friendly fun like miniature golf, ping-pong, and something named "cornhole."
The View: Ms. Statue of Liberty herself.
The Menu: Seafood by the seashore (sorta) will cost you, but isn't it worth it to feel like you're on vacation?
The Hours: Su–Th (4 p.m.–10 p.m.), Fr–Sa (4 p.m–11 p.m.)

The Ides
Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave., at N. 12th St.; 718-460-8000
An indoor and outdoor space on the sixth floor of Williamsburg's new pride and joy, run by Andrew Tarlow, the restaurateur also of the downstairs restaurant Reynards. Have a seat at the bar or on one of the indoor red banquettes, or take it out to the terrace, with views of Manhattan that you could only see if you were not actually in the borough..
The View: The Manhattan skyline, as seen from Brooklyn.
The Menu:No food, cocktails will run $10-$12.
The Hours:W–Su (7–1 a.m.)

Sanctuary Hotel; 132 W. 47th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-234-7000
Get out of Times Square by going up—up to the penthouse of the Sanctuary Hotel for a turf-and-cedar accented midtown oasis. Sip on signature cocktails while trying out one of the 150 seats, including a communal table seating twenty.
The View: The lovely buildings of midtown from the tenth and eleventh floor of the hotel.
The Menu: The food is French fare with an American twist: risotto with champignons, steak tartare, and the like. Drinks ($12–$16 for cocktails) are simple and refreshing, like the vodka, Cointreau, and lychee Cloudtini, the rum and ginger Sanctuary Star, and the gin, raspberry, and mint Aura.
The Hours: Su–W (4 p.m.–midnight), Th–Sa (4 p.m.–late)

The Rooftop at NoMad
NoMad Hotel, 1170 Broadway, nr. W. 28th St; 212-253-5410
A fancy rooftop restaurant for those who like their tasting menus in the sky. On weather-appropriate days $125 (beverages are extra) will get you five courses of a seasonal menu by chef Daniel Humm. Reservations will only be taken online beginning at 11 a.m. on the day of. So good luck!
The View: Sweeping north to the Empire State Building and west toward the Hudson River. If you're feelin' fancy, you can rent the cupola out for private parties. It holds eight to ten people.
The Menu: Seasonal rustic fare.
The Hours: Daily (6 p.m.–10 p.m.)

Tavern 29
47 E. 29th St., nr. Park Ave. South; 212-685-4422
Housed in a converted brownstone, the spot has a formal first-floor room named for Teddy Roosevelt (who once lived a mere ten blocks away, we're informed), and a more casual second floor named for Alexander Hamilton. While the indoor space aims for a dark, romantic feel, the rooftop is a different story: a German beer garden with rows of umbrella-covered picnic tables.
The View: Not really much, a sliver of building. But who needs a view when there's the charm of a beer garden ... in the sky!
The Menu: New American and a bit pricey: think hanger steak, seared scallops, goat-cheese-and-chorizo fritters, sliders. Also, be aware that there is no bar on the roof: You'll have to bring your beverages up from one of the downstairs bars.
The Hours: M–Th (2 p.m–10 p.m.), F (only in summer; 11 a.m–11 p.m.), Sa–Sun (11 a.m–11 p.m.)

Rooftop Lounge at Pod 39 Hotel
145 East 39th St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 800-742-5945
The two-story roof space of the micro-hotel—formerly in the landmarked Allerton House—is all about being festive, with terra cotta columns and benches, Mexican tiled tables, and, best of all, specialty tequilas. Also, oh yeah, panoramic views. Perfect for when you're sipping those tequilas.
The View: Panoramic, from the seventeenth floor.
The Menu: For boozers: specialty tequila cocktails and a selection of beers on draft
The Hours: Opening early July, hours will be daily, 2 p.m.–midnight.

Rooftop Lounge at Renaissance Hotel
Renaissance Hotel New York Hotel 57; 130 E. 57th St. at Lexington Ave.; 212-753-8841
It's the first year this 2,400-square-foot outdoor lounge of the boutique hotel has been open to civilians, and we're luckier for it. On the sixteenth floor of the hotel, you'll feast upon views of the Chrysler Building, while imbibing a beverage or two under the stars.
The View: Manhattan, in general. The Chrysler Building, in specifics.
The Menu: standard cocktail fare and hors d'oeuvres.
The Hours: Su–Th (5 p.m.–11 p.m.)

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