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Event Coordinator, I research great places to eat for a living
Gallow Green is located in Chelsea in the same building as Sleep No More, and has a buzzing but non-douchey crowd and vibrant atmosphere. The best part is the lush decor, and it feels a bit like you are drinking at a cabana bar on an island beach. There can be a bit of a wait during peak times, but it's one of my favorite destination bars during the summer.
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Culinary cook & avid restaurant goer. Yep, I go to bed thinking about breakfast. Food buyer @servedbystadium.
This might sound B&T-y, but this place is sooo worth it, at least once in a blue moon. It is the quintessential NYC summer rooftop bar, because in NYC "exclusive" fashion, you need to know a member to get in. But once you visit, you'll just fall in love with the beautiful Hudson River views, and pool (!) - one that is much less congested than that at the Gansevoort next door. Don't ask me how to swing an invite, although it is well known that this members-only club (which offers a full service bar, restaurant, movie screening room and game rooms) caters to creative types. Drinks are standard prices- $15 for the uppity cocktails but bonus points considering that you can get some of them in a bulk via a $60 pitcher. My personal fave is the Eastern Standard - vodka, lime,
cucumber, and mint - a very refreshing summer libation.
Passionate cook specializing in Asian cuisine
Hah! $60 pitchers...that does definitely sound like something you only find in New York.
about 2 years ago
When life gives you limes, just add tequila
SoHo House is the best! Always worth the price, in my opinion.
The pitchers are definitely pricey, and I'm not a member so I don't go very often but when I do- I must admit, it's such a high flying time!
Media sales in NYC, love exploring new places with my clients
It doesn't get overly crowded during the weekdays, which leads me to believe it still has somewhat of a hidden gem status (as much as that's possible for a rooftop bar). That's probably a good thing since it is a relatively small space. It's beautifully decorated and has nice options both for sitting with a group or standing at the bar. They also have surprisingly good fare if you're in the mood for appetizers.
Food writer and lover of all things chocolate
One of my favorite rooftops in the city. And yes, the appetizers are great!
The Rare rooftop is perfect for an afterwork happy hour, and gets a little more lively and upbeat later on in the night. It usually has a good crowd though and doesn't get too packed, which is probably due to not being quite as "loungey" as many other rooftops. The drinks are somewhat expensive like most rooftops, but not totally unreasonable (~$12 cocktails), and they also have very good appetizers.
Marilyn La Jeunesse
Writer & self-proclaimed foodie
The key feature of the Refinery Hotel Rooftop Bar is their cinematic view of the city. You could almost reach out and touch the Empire State Building, it is that close. While mainly outdoors, the bar also has a glass room for cold or rainy nights. While the cocktails are hand-crafted and delightfully unique, the prices are somewhat unfriendly with a range between $14 and $18. Despite the discouraging prices, the Refinery Hotel is perfect day or night and is a terrific spot to bring out-of-state friends who are dying to see the famed city skyline.
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