230 Fifth Ave., 20th fl., New York, NY, 10001
at 27th St.
By Lacritique on 12/1/2011
Since when you could you not even have a SEAT at a bar without being required to spend $250 minimum on a bottle? Well that's the deal at 230 Fifth and they push until you get up. You can stand room only at the bar if you prefer not to spend the $250. My girlfriend talked her way into a table till the rest of us arrived and we were harassed at every round. Since when was buying $15 drinks for each person in a party of five not enough for a waitress or venue to make money? But yep, that's the deal. All while listening to not so hip music with not so high fidelity sound. The views are great, but if you want to enjoy them you better buy bottles. I tried to get a table that was empty for hours and the waitress kept telling me "I have to keep it available" even after I offered to get up if she sold it. I left after 2 and she still hadn't sold it...I don't think she sold it all night. There were other empty tables as well. Since when is it not good business sense to use the real-estate for some thirsty patrons rather than leave it vacant?! Duh! Maybe we would've bought a bottle if we could sit there gettin' lit and spending $15 per drink for at least a couple rounds!! Can I say DUH again?! I'll never recommend or go back!
By Maria73 on 11/30/2011
I went there early in the evening on Saturday with a couple of friends. I had been there for drinks before, and I remembered having ordered drinks from the bar, so that is what I did. Shortly afterwards a hostess asked us to leave the table because we should have ordered our drinks from her. I apologized and explained my mistake, but she insisted that we should leave and took us to a dark and unheated area where nobody else was sitting. I asked her whether we could stay in a nicer place, and she said that we could stand at the bar (also unheated, and equally empty). I was feeling bad for my friends because they were tired and needed to sit down, so I went up to one of the managers and explained what had happened. I admitted it had been an honest mistake, but he was inflexible. Instead of doing the dencent thing, which would have been allowing us to sit down until we finished our drinks and then order more from our hostess (there were still several empty tables), he insisted that we would have to stand in the cold until we finished the drinks we had ordered from the bar. We felt like children who were being punished for bad behaviour, it was very humiliating. We eventually agreed to sit down in the unheated area because my friends needed to rest, but as soon as we finished our drinks we decided to leave and spend our money elsewhere. My guess is that they want to weed out tourists and attract a fancier crowd, but that is no excuse for such inconsiderate behaviour.
By svernisie on 8/2/2011
One of the best rooftop bars I've been to. It's absolutely spacious, has a FANTASTIC view of the Empire State Building and other Manhattan beauties, and the service was great. You can choose to stand by the bar, or have a cocktail server come and grab drinks for you at the seating area. Highly recommended for any event - first date, girls night out, and the cocktail server even told me it's very romantic in the winter (rooftop bar open year round? They give out snuggies!). Can't wait to go back again.
By donna2585 on 5/3/2011
Love this place. + no cover + free coat check + huge roof deck with stunning views + plush red SNUGGIES available on said roof deck for chilly nights (have another drink and ignore your inner hypochondriac) + strong drinks + surprisingly not snobby - $12-15 drinks... I guess that's expected - DJs are good, but not great
By michael4532 on 4/29/2011
I love to take out-of-towners here. It's a nice place to have a celebration too. If price is not an option, and/or you got yourself someone to pick up the bill, 230 Fifth is a New York experience without the touristy part. I have never been here on a weekend night or at "hot" times, but I can only imagine - the daytime/weeknight cranked up - I know better :) The food really depends on the dish, I love the Short Rib Beef Rendang. It is absolutely delicious. You can even have an enjoyable brunch here. The view is stupendous and could really make a good night/weekend. This place is what Manhattan does best - wowing to no end. It is worth a visit, undoubtedly, even for one overpriced drink.
By hipsterkate on 4/27/2011
Sunday evening. Beautiful weather - 80 degrees. Rooftop lounge with oh-so spectacular views of Manhattan. Casual yet classy. All this just makes me super happy! I didn't go on a Saturday night, so we easily found a table. The service was good and the atmosphere relaxing. I noticed some people in shorts and some in party wear and I liked the mixture. I can totally see myself in this place again for a chilled out conversation with friends, while sipping some wine. I was told that on weekends they do enforce their dress code. No hats, shorts, t shirts, baggy jeans etc. But very casual on a Sunday! Cons: Expensive drinks
By mikethesituation on 4/26/2011
The 230 Fifth Garden is probably one of the best outdoor bars in the city. It is one the largest outdoor bars you can actually walk around, watch people and pick who you want to mingle with. During the warm climate months is always filled with professional and college types. Selection of beers is pretty small 3 to be exact.But full bar selection. Atmosphere is comfortable and casual and being on 5th and 27th your close to more bars to wander around to. Great place for groups and conversation
By lancethesaint on 4/26/2011
Phenomenal views of the city!!! Honestly one of the best I have seen. I came here after a very nice dinner at Eataly. It's a very nice bar which is located on 5th Ave. It's right near the subway, and well worth it. You have 2 choices to drink at. The bar/lounge inside ,and outside . You can only enjoy the view outside, so I suggest you go up there.They offer heaters and robes on colder nights. They recently got their palm trees in again this past weekend! There are a bunch of chairs, benches and tables where you can lounge at while sipping your cocktails. You have an awesome awesome view of all the major buildings in NY, This is a great place to unwind from a long day at the office. We stayed for about an hour or so just soaking up the views, talking and taking photos. Drinks here are a bit steep, but it evens out once you take a look out onto the deck. It's very worth it. (Meaning.... PREGAME!) There is a dress code so no hats, That was a killer for me...
By zerotosixty on 4/23/2011
This is a great place to visit during the evening/night. You'll be in love with the great views of the city this venue has to offer! The particular night I visited, we didn't have to pay a cover and the drinks were priced accordingly...The quality of everything was impressive as well. Do be aware that there is an enforced dress code at the entrance. While its definitely not white shirt and tie affair, its more of a trendy, semi formal place. This place was nice for meeting people too...There wasn't music being blasted in all directions so you're able to actually have conversations with people! I really loved my time visiting this venue! I would also like to note that I came here during the summer...the whole atmosphere is probably much different during the winter...
By taxtherich on 4/21/2011
Probably my favorite rooftop bar in NYC. Awesome views of the Empire and Chrysler . I like the crowd here - for some reason, a lot of foreigners come here, out of towners, etc. with a mix of some local folks. I've always met or spoken to some interesting people here. No cover, which is a plus. Plenty of tables and seating. Drinks are decently priced. And their finger food such as the fries and calamari taste fresh. Actually prefer week nights here, it's less packed and little more chilled out. They do enforce the dress code here. So if you look sloppy don't bother and ID is required even if you think you look older than 21 years old. Overall cool place.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.