Schmoozing and boozing is all the classier when enjoyed several stories above New York City, preferably within view of one of its major architectural landmarks. On a nice spring or summer evening, take in a tipple at these “top” spots.
Aiming to impress out-of-towners and locals alike? You gotta go Upstairs. The modern space is magical after dark, alight in the glow of the surrounding skyscrapers, with a picture-perfect perspective on the Chrysler Building.
145 East 50th Street, Penthouse Level, New York, NY 10022 (212-702-1600)
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VU Bar at La Quinta Inn
Here’s a location that’s secret even among seasoned New Yorkers—who knew we even had La Quinta in the city? Upon arrival at the hotel, head straight back to the elevators and zip up to 14 and you’ll soon be sipping in the shadow of the Empire State Building.
17 West 32 Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10001 (212-991-8842)
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Penthouse 808 at The Ravel Hotel
What better way to take in the midtown skyline than from across the East River? This lounge-y penthouse is every bit as swank as those hotel rooftops in Manhattan, without the in-the-city ‘tude.
8-08 Queens Plaza South, Queens, NY 11101 (718-289-6118)
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At the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge, the Delancey caps its three floors of evening entertainment with a rooftop bar that’s lush with greenery—a welcome hit of foliage in a particularly gritty area of the city.
68 Delancey Street, New York, NY 10002 (212- 254-9920)
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Come to this spot to day-drink among Williamsburg hipsters in the open air and linger over the impressive beer list and reasonably priced brunch, then stay to gawk at the sunset over Manhattan.
4 Berry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718-782-2829)
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With 72 brews on draft, 102 bottles and even 10 cans available, they got that “authority” thing right for sure. Oh, and the bar is also right across the street from midtown’s big ole bus depot, with the colorful people-watching—from above—that you’d expect in that location.
300 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018 (212-510-8415)
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