Summer in New York City means steamy crowded streets and sweaty jam-packed subway cars. But relief — and an ice cold drink — is only a rooftop or open-air bar away.
Whether you fancy a view of the Manhattan skyline from another borough or the pulse of a hotspot high above Midtown, there’s something for everyone.
Gallow Green atop the McKittrick Hotel
(542 W. 27th St.)
Check out this lush Chelsea oasis for brunch where live music and plenty of greenery welcome guests each weekend. Food options include an omelet station, salad bar and whole roasts like suckling pig and salmon.
(132 W. 47th St.)
Soak up the sun or lounge in the shade high above the streets of the Theater District while sipping on Haven’s playful summer special: the Frosé — a rosé wine slush.
Profundo Day Club at the Ravel Hotel
(8-08 Queens Plaza S., Long Island City)
If you’re in the mood for something a little more special this summer, look no further than the exclusive-feeling, ticket-only Profundo in Long Island City. Depending on the event of the day, entry ranges from $25 up with access to the pool and day beds. Call ahead for reservations to the space’s Penthouse 808 Asian restaurant.
Leaf Bar & Lounge
(133-42 39th Ave., 10th Floor, Flushing)
Leaf Bar & Lounge in Downtown Flushing — the self-described “only cocktail lounge” in the area — can be found on the 10th floor of the Hyatt Place Hotel. The bar offers guests an array of unique small plates like cheeseburger spring rolls and a truffle oil dressed grapefruit salad.
McCarren Hotel Rooftop Bar
(160 N. 12th St., Brooklyn)
Overlooking McCarren Park in Williamsburg, the rooftop bar at this hotel has daily “Sunset Happy Hour” specials from 5-7 p.m. to compliment its panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. Current customer favorites include the St-Germain Spritz, an iced cocktail of sauvignon blanc wine, St.Germain liqueur and club soda.
Kimoto Rooftop Garden Lounge
(216 Duffield St., Brooklyn)
The Japanese-inspired lounge and restaurant in Downtown Brooklyn that offers “sophisticated (and) playful” sushi dishes opens at noon each day in summer. Diners can also indulge in a wagyu beef “Dragon Burger,” roast duck sliders and Caribbean jerk wings. The space also boasts a rock garden, more than 300 plants and views of the Statue of Liberty.
Pine Bar + Grill
(1634 Eastchester Road, Bronx)
An Italian-American grill that brings “Manhattan-style ambiance to the Bronx,” Pine Bar + Grill mixes traditional pizzas and pastas with signature drinks like the Bourbon + Berries, mixed with homemade barrel aged honey-infused bourbon, muddled berries, cranberry juice and seltzer.
(60 Van Duzer St., Staten Island)