Five Best NYC Rooftop Bars

Summer is almost here. And that means locals and visitors alike will begin to pack the best NYC rooftop bars for as long as the season’s sunny days allow. Here’s where to soak up the sun while enjoying the best cocktails (and some of the best views) in Manhattan.

Bar SixtyFive at The Rainbow Room

Distance from Hotel 48LEX: 10 minutes on foot

Located atop Rockefeller Center, Bar SixtyFive (right next to the iconic Rainbow Room) offers cocktails, small bites, and the city’s highest bar — not to mention outstanding and unparalleled city views.

La Birreria at Eataly

Distance from Hotel 48LEX: 17 minutes by subway

Fourteen floors above Fifth Avenue, La Birreria at Eataly offers the best Italian eats and wine in the city, plus handcrafted cocktails, with views of the Empire State Building. The venue changes with the seasons, always offering a fun, Italian-themed atmosphere. This month, don’t miss Serra Fiorita, a flowering greenhouse that evokes Italian springtime traditions, like sipping on a spritz cocktail.

The Roof at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Distance from Hotel 48LEX: 18 minutes by subway

See the latest exhibits, then head up to this artsy NYC rooftop bar to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine with Central Park and the Midtown skyline as your stunning backdrop. This summer’s Roof Garden commission is by Polish artist Alicja Kwade, who has created a steel-and-stone sculpture that evokes a miniature solar system.

Catch Roof

Distance from Hotel 48LEX: 22 minutes by subway

New Yorkers love seafood, and they often head to Catch to enjoy it. The sister restaurant to our own Lexington Brass, this popular Meatpacking eatery also offers a rooftop lounge and outdoor terrace that serves the same menu as below, but with better views.

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