8 Rooftops to Watch the Sunset in NYC

Watching a summer sunset in NYC never gets old—especially in Manhattan. With countless rooftop bars and museums to choose from, it can be overwhelming to pick a place to relax at during dusk. Haute Living has carefully crafted a list of eight haute rooftop spots to indulge in the summer sunset and of course, sip on cocktails.


Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar at The Met
1000 5th Avenue
(212) 535-7710

It doesn’t get better than watching a stunning sunset with panoramic views of Manhattan while sipping on martinis at the Roof Garden Café at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Stay after the sunset and try out one of their specialty sandwiches and salads for the perfect ending to a relaxing summer evening.

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The Empire Hotel Rooftop Bar and Lounge
44 West 63rd Street
(212) 265-7400

With the Upper West Side as the sunset’s backdrop and swanky bar décor, The Empire’s 12th floor offers a memorable evening of gorgeous views and delectable eats. Extending your stay—and booking a room— will seem tempting after such a luxurious night.

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Soaked Lounge
150 Lafayette Street
(212) 389-1000

For a swanky twist on childhood classics, check out the spiked lemonades, cold-pressed juices and specialty popcorn while you watch the sunset at Soaked Lounge, The Mondrian SoHo’s rooftop bar. This Tribeca favorite has mastered the art of summer relaxation to say the least.

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Bookmarks Rooftop Lounge at the Library Hotel
299 Madison Avenue
(212) 980-9476

For those who love nothing more than curling up with a good book in the summer, Bookmarks at the Library Hotel is the perfect choice. Sip on literary-themed cocktails while you read your favorite novel among Manhattan’s romantic sunset glow.

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Hudson Terrace
621 West 46th Street
(212) 315-9400

Head over to the upbeat Hudson Terrace for unbelievable views and themed summer happy hours, like Tiki Thursdays and Champagne Fridays. The timeless views of the Hudson, along with food from the grill and refreshing AC, will make it tough to watch the sunset anywhere else.

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mad46 Rooftop Lounge
Madison Avenue at 46th Street
(212) 885-6095

Relax in the luxurious cabanas and order bottle service while you indulge in sunset views of Midtown on the 19th floor of the Roosevelt Hotel. Be on the lookout for their famous summer movie series that pairs crowd favorites with specialty cocktails.

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The Jane Hotel Rooftop
113 Jane Street
(212) 924-6700

See what all the hype is about at the recently-opened rooftop of the historic Jane Hotel on Thursday through Sunday nights. While you’re admiring the beauty of the Manhattan sunset, you can enjoy their dusk-themed drinks, like the lavender and white peach bellinis.

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Top of the Strand
33 West 37th Street
(646) 368-6385

See the New York skyline during dusk at The Strand’s rooftop bar, complete with a retractable glass roof. The intimate lounge offers a full menu of drinks and entrées that turns a sunset viewing into a perfect summer night.

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