When clients come to town, one of my favorite activities is to take them out for drinks-with-a-view. In the cooler months, cozy, indoor, skyline panoramas will do – with my fail-safe favorite being the revolving View Bar at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. In summer however, getting outside and staying out there for the evening is the best way to share my love of the lights of the city with clients. This summer, as more hotels open in NYC, and the rooftop bar becoming something of a hotel must-have, there are now tons to choose from and less stringent door policies. And the modern roofbar isn’t just a drinks-only deal anymore: most are now offering up enough foodie-centric light bites to make any drink date slide easily into dinner – without a change of venue.
Here are a few spots to try when it’s time to take in the town – and show it off to clients:
570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street
It’s Manhattan’s largest outdoor hotel terrace, so there’s plenty room for lounging. The views across 42nd Street can’t be beat and the breeze off the Hudson makes it literally one of the coolest spots in town on a hot summer night.
132 West 47th Street
Though the official opening isn’t till mid-June, you might want to keep this 9th floor lounge in mind, particularly as great spot (complete with cabanas) for pre- or post- Broadway show cocktailing.
653 11th Avenue
Sitting high atop Kimpton’s stylish Ink 48 hotel, the two-year old Press Lounge’s unobstructed views of Manhattan and the Hudson are award-winning – in fact, ABC News.com rated it as one of the top 22 rooftops in the world – and it’s generally regarded to be one of the prettiest rooftop spaces in town.
700 Fifth Avenue at 55th Street
Cozy, quiet and smack in the middle of mid-town, the views over 5th Avenue can be enjoyed from intimate tables and casual banquettes, all done up in pan-Asian style. There’s indoor and outdoor space that’s open year-round so you can drop in and sit outside eve in December if that’s your thing.
848 Washington Street
If you’re going to drop in at cocktail hour, know it’s one of the toughest doors in town, but pop in earlier in the day, say around their 2 pm opening time, when the door policy is considerably looser and you can sip mai-tais by the pool like you own the joint.