No August newsletter is complete without a hit list of the latest rooftops in New York. It’s our summer guilty pleasure. Because nothing says New York better than sipping a cocktail perched upon Manhattan’s stunning skyline, your nose level with the Empire State building. Our 2018 vintage must-see list should help cure your summer FOMO. Don your sunglasses and get ready: 3 rooftops, 3 neighborhoods, 3 vibes! Follow the guide.
The most chic: Elsie Rooftop
1412 Broadway, Times Square
The new kid on the block. Elsie Rooftop just opened at the beginning of the month. A tribute to Elsie de Wolfe, a New York icon and tastemaker for whom America invented the term “interior designer” in the Roaring ’20s. A sleek decor, meticulously crafted cocktails, a gleaming bar under a large glass roof and an elegant terrace wrapping around three sides. A design statement said to reflect Elsies’ style. The whole space is gorgeous. Apart from the neighborhood (Times Square…), it’s flawless!
The most Caliente: Vida Verde
248 W 55th St, Midtown West
A festival of colors in this Mexican bar with strong artistic vibes. Beware, you’re not coming at Vida Verde for a panoramic view of New York’s skyline. There’s no such thing here. But you’re definitely coming for the gigantic, colorful, hand-painted graffiti by street artist Marka27. You also come to try their “margarita market”, a plethora of margaritas with original flavors like apricot and thyme or frozen pomegranate and hibiscus. Delicious.
The most chill: River Lounge at Pier 17
89 South St, Financial District
Ok, so, it’s not technically a rooftop. But with its breathtaking view over the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, we thought you wouldn’t mind this small exception to the rule. Laid back atmosphere and sea spray on this East River wharf. The bar of Pier 17 has a sweet taste of the holidays. And it’s also a hotspot for summer events: every week they organize outdoor concerts, film screenings and (free) yoga classes. Keep an eye on their calendar!