Enjoy Rooftop Season All Year Long At These 8 Haute Spots

Although it’s hard to believe that fall has finally arrived, New Yorkers are not ready to give up their rooftop vibes just yet. Despite the impeding weather, city dwellers can still enjoy rooftop views during the colder months at these 7 all year round rooftops.

Bar Hugo at Hotel Hugo

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Bar Hugo, located at Hotel Hugo, in SoHo, features stunning floor-to-ceiling window views of Lower Manhattan that span One World Trade, the Hudson River and beyond. So whether it’s a crisp fall evening or a New York City snow day, guests can sip on premium craft cocktails that are named after iconic NYC landmarks (like Chrysler) while taking in the sunset over the Hudson and dancing into the evening. The sophisticated lounge also presents one-of-a-kind art pieces that create an intimate setting soaring 20-stories above the SoHo neighborhood.


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Opheliathe art-deco inspired lounge 26 floors high in the historic Beekman Tower in Midtown East, is open year-round and perfect for capturing breathtaking views during any season. The lounge features a main bar area as well as an enclosed wraparound terrace with 360-degree views of the East River and city skyline. Velvet seating and unique curiosities give the lounge a warm, cozy vibe, making it the ideal spot for sweater weather. Ophelia will be introducing new fall cocktails like the Honey & Smoke with whiskey, lemon, simole syrup, benedictine, & egg white as well as additional programming for the season such as Sundays at Ophelia serving as an escape from football Sundays featuring a special menu with hearty items that are sure to cure your Sunday scaries like the short rib Benedict and smoked salmon on mini potato cakes.

Serra D’AUTUNNO at Eataly Flatiron

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Just in time for the beginning of fall, Eataly has launched Serra D’AUTUNNO by Birreria featuring their take on the Italian countryside. The rooftop has been completely transformed with an ambiance featuring fall leaves on the ceiling, cozy vibes, and tons of apples. The highlight of the rooftop experience comes in the form of edible cocktail Mela Forte made with vodka, walnut liquor, Meletti Amaro, and apple cider. This delicious creation is served in a Fuji apple and garnished with cinnamon sticks and nepitella, an herb that is growing in Eataly’s vertical garden and made in collaboration with Farm.One.

Westlight in The William Vale

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A stunning rooftop located 22-stories above WilliamsburgWestlight offers panoramic views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. The space features world-class craft cocktails and an elevated menu of small plates and bar bites from chef Andrew Carmellini‘s NoHo Hospitality Group. The indoor space includes vibrant lounge seating ideal for larger or intimate groups that is illuminated by the city lights in the evening. 

Mr. Purple at Hotel Indigo Lower East Side

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You can always feel the good vibes coming from this buzzy LES hot spot at Hotel Indigo Lower East Side. The space features both indoor and outdoor space making it the perfect option for all-year round rooftop entertainment. Using downtown New York as a backdrop, the interior space is complemented by two terraces. Mr. Purple offers a rotating selection of modern and classic cocktails, universal wine offerings, small-batch spirits, and regionally brewed craft beers. Signature sips include refined twists on classic cocktails like the GG Manhattan and Old Fashioned, in addition to craft cocktails carbonated and bottled in-house.

PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown

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Located in the heart of NYC at the top of Dream Hotel Midtown, PHD Terrace is a welcoming, all-year round rooftop oasis perfect for after-work drinks, weekend revelry and private events. With breathtaking panoramic views of Manhattan and Times Square, PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown is the ultimate destination for a temporary escape from the hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan. As the temperatures drop, PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown undergoes state of the art seasonal enclosures on the East and West terraces, turning the rooftop haven into an expansive indoor lounge to also be enjoyed during the colder months. A menu of signature cocktails and elevated bites such as: Mega Moscow Mule, Flaming Mac n’ Cheese Balls, Buttermilk Tacos and Crispy Chicken, among others are offered.

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge at Moxy Times Square

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Perched 18 floors above the city, Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge boasts five carnival-themed distinct environments and is the largest indoor/outdoor all-season hotel rooftop in New York City. With a fully retractable roof perfect for any season, the venue has two indoor/outdoor main areas: The east side, overlooking the Empire State Building, has elegant garden-party fixtures, while the west is more overtly carnival-esque, offering a rotating carousel for seating. Tucked into a corner is the hotel’s most photographed feature: Foreplay, a miniature putt-putt course designed by TAO Group, that, instead of windmills, has follies of colossal-size animals in flirty poses. In between the two spaces, the venue’s gallery-like entrance hall features whimsical topiary animals in compromising positions, and a small interior lounge has a sexy urban-industrial vibe, with wire mesh panels riveted to the ceiling and walls.

Winter Room at The Roof

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This winter, head up to the top of the Viceroy Central Park to visit their seasonal pop-up: Winter Room at The Roof. This wintery lodge up in the sky is not the only sight you’ll be taking in. That soon-to-be snowy Central Park view brings the Winter Room to a whole other level of seasonal greatness. Think white snowy branches climbing along all corners of the room, large seasonal floral arrangements, lounge areas outfitted with fuzzy blankets and comfy pillows. You’ll see lots of white and sparkly eye-popping moments evocative of a classic New York Winter. The pop-up menu brings some deliciously warm cocktails to the mix as well as a selection winter lodge-like dishes, like hot fondue and Belvedere-spiked hot chocolate.