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The Best Rooftop Bars and Restaurants in NYC for Summertime

Whether you want a high-class experience or just a delicious meal with a gorgeous view, New York City is the place to be in terms of rooftop bars in the summertime. While every corner in Manhattan seems to have a rooftop restaurant, there are also a variety of places to enjoy tasty appetizers with a cocktail in hand from Brooklyn to The Bronx. 

In the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan, Cantina Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge centers on Mexican cuisine, with Tuesday and Wednesday Taco and Margarita deals that make it one of the most affordable rooftop locations in the city. In addition, they have quite the generous happy hour time from 4-7 PM, with $8 sangria and $6 beers. 230 Fifth, in the heart of Manhattan, is also known as one of the cheapest spots to dine and brunch, with stunning views of the Empire State Building and seating for about 1,000 people on the terrace. While it is difficult to find somewhere in the city genuinely categorized as “cheap,” 230 Fifth does offer one of the best brunch experiences from 11am-4pm all weekend long, advertising a “brunch party” for $45 including an entree, bottomless mimosas, coffee, and DJs all day. On weekdays, this bar also has amazing happy hour deals that not only include cheaper drinks, but also $10 burgers.

If you are less in the party mood and instead want to indulge in a gourmet feast from the comfort of a luxury lounge, Westlight in Brooklyn is the place to be. While this menu is far from affordable, customers can treat themselves to entrees such as an herb roasted organic chicken or grilled ora king salmon, paired with a signature Westlight cocktail, all while experiencing 360 degree views of New York City. Guests can sit inside and peer out of the glass walls, or enjoy the outside deck and share a plate of local bass ceviche or shrimp dumplings with friends. 

New York City locals across all five boroughs have compiled comprehensive lists of the best rooftop spots across the big apple, so make sure you visit these three top spots and more while the warm weather lasts!


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