The Best New Rooftop Bars and Outdoor Patios in NYC
Now that warmer weather is finally here, it’s time to hit the city’s newest rooftop bars and outdoor patios. From outdoor omakase to an award-winning cocktail spot and relaxing rooftop lounges – these newcomers need to be on your summer bucket list.
The Turf Club
Williamsburg’s boutique hotel The William Vale introduces its new pop-up, The Turf Club, open every weekend throughout the summer. Situated above rooftop Westlight, the rooftop lawn boasts 360-degree views of the city, while offering a menu by Andrew Carmellini’s Noho Hospitality Group. Take a seat in your beanbag, pair your cocktail with a lobster roll and enjoy the sunset…
The Turf Club at The William Vale, 111 North 12th Street, NY 11249
Just when you think Barano can’t get any better (those semolina pancakes with lemon curd won us over), the Italian restaurant unveils a brand new patio with unparalleled views of the Williamsburg Bridge. To go with your view, the menu includes new brunch dishes such as salmon pizza with avocado mascarpone and sunflower seeds; Italian pork sandwich with spicy giardinera and aioli; and Nonna’s Pop Tart with rhubarb jam. But whatever you order, make sure you get the pancakes to share.
Barano, 26 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Taking inspiration from Palm Springs in the 1950s, the outdoor patio at The Springs is a huge resort-like oasis with a colorful design and never-ending lounge sofas. With both a fountain and vintage food truck located outside, this hot newcomer is practically designed for warm weather. Order the Lawn Flamingo cocktail alongside eggplant rollatini sticks and you’re all set for the afternoon.
The Springs, 224 Franklin Street, NY 11222
Arlo Roof Top
Making a comeback for the season, Soho’s Arlo hotel has reopened its rooftop with a different name, menu and design. The new Arlo Roof Top (previously the Good Story) now includes lounge-style seating and an outdoor bar, offering brand new cocktails by Milos Zica (formerly of speakeasy Employees Only). We recommend the “West Side”, a refreshing cocktail with citrus vodka, lemon juice, mint, and soda.
Arlo Roof Top, 231 Hudson Street, NY 10013
If you haven’t heard of Miami’s famous cocktail bar Broken Shaker, you’ve either been living under a rock or couldn’t care less about cocktails. The award-winning cocktail bar is one of New York’s most anticipating openings of the year, serving standout drinks at the Freehand Hotel’s rooftop. Views of the city, poppyseed bagel cocktails and tropical vibes – stop reading, and start standing in line.
Broken Shaker, 23 Lexington Avenue, NY 10010
The popular beer hall Clinton Hall is taking over the city, opening its fifth location in Williamsburg. As anything in this cool neighborhood, the new outpost is much more laid-back and chilled than the Manhattan locations, featuring a secluded outdoor beer garden with communal tables and games. Supersized Jenga? Challenge accepted.
Clinton Hall, 247 Metropolitan Ave, NY 11211
Roof Top at Exchange Place
Ok – it’s not in New York, but you can’t beat the beautiful views of Manhattan. The large rooftop lounge at Hotel Hyatt House offers shared seating cabanas, shareable dishes, and not-so-shareable cocktails such as “Under the Stars” (vodka, raspberry purée and prosecco rosé).
Roof Top at Exchange Place, 1 Exchange Place, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Sushi by Bou
It’s not all about rooftop bars and swanky cocktails – dinner is important too. The city’s affordable omakase destination Sushi By Bou takes the experience outside, offering an eight-seat bar outside Jue Lan Club. Be sure to make a reservation.
Sushi by Bou, 49 West 20th Street, NY 10011
The team behind Williamsburg’s Spritzenhaus brought their beer hall to Manhattan back in April, patiently waiting for warmer weather to arrive. Now, the garage-style walls along the exterior have swung open, transforming the large space into a breezy beer garden.
Grünhaus, 101 Rivington Street, NY 10002
Featured image: The Springs