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19 Sun-Soaked Rooftops for Eating and Drinking Outdoors in NYC

The best spots for making the most of rooftop season

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Outdoor dining set-ups have considerably leveled-up over the last year of the pandemic, from cordoned-off sidewalk stools to full-blown outdoor dining rooms. But for the few months of warm New York weather known as rooftop season, some of the best outdoor seats to be found are atop breweries, bars, and restaurants. Below, Eater maps 19 shaded, sky-high spots in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2017.

A number of NYC restaurants are offering outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery service. The type of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the NYC Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

For more New York dining recommendations, check out the new hotspots in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, and our guide to brunch spots, food halls, and Michelin-starred restaurants offering outdoor dining.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Zona De Cuba

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558 Grand Concourse
The Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 292-1400
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The palm tree-lined rooftop at Zona de Cuba is open for outdoor dinner and brunch service. The Cuban destination in the Bronx is serving up Caribbean staples including oxtail stew, grilled steak, and bite-sized mofongitos. Reservations are encouraged, and plan well in advance as seats on the rooftop book up fast.

2. The Heights Bar & Grill

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2867 Broadway
New York, NY
(212) 866-7035
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On the second level of this Morningside Heights bar sits a rooftop that can be partially enclosed, making it a solid choice if rain is in the forecast. The Heights is ideal for sipping pint-sized frozen margaritas, which come in flavors like mango, passion fruit, raspberry, strawberry, and peach. No reservations.

3. Cantina Rooftop

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605 W 48th St
New York, NY
(212) 957-1700
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Enjoy modern Mexican fare with a view at this Hell’s Kitchen rooftop, which remains open year-round. The colorful patio offers margarita pitchers along with tacos, enchiladas, and several guacamoles. Reservations are available for parties of six or fewer.

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Cantina Rooftop
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4. Sushi Lab Rooftop Times Square

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Inside Sanctuary Hotel, 132 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 432-0000
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Midtown’s Sushi Lab, located at the Sanctuary Hotel, expanded last year with a rooftop restaurant, where customers can order tuna tacos and wagyu beef rolls at a plant-filled sushi counter. The menu of Japanese small plates includes sushi, sashimi, small plates, and omakase sushi sets at two price points ($60 and $120). Reservations are required for entry.

Six stools at a rooftop bar, with lanterns and plants hanging from the ceiling Sushi Lab Rooftop

5. Serra by Birreria

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200 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 229-2560
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Fourteen floors above Eataly in the Flatiron District sits Serra, a rooftop greenhouse and bar bringing seasonal Italian fare, floral cocktails, and lots of plants. A menu of skewers and housemade pastas are new to the restaurant this season. Reservations available through OpenTable

6. RH Rooftop Restaurant New York

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9 9th Ave
New York, NY 10014
(212) 217-2210
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Restoration Hardware’s swanky, leaf-lined rooftop space features spacious, socially distanced lounge seating around granite tables. The restaurant is open for dinner and brunch and menu items include lobster rolls, truffle fries, and a kale Caesar salad. Reservations are available on OpenTable.

7. Broken Shaker at Freehand New York

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23 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 475-1920
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Award-winning rooftop cocktail bar Broken Shaker is back with its signature experimental concoctions, including a Cinnamon Toast Crunch-infused bourbon cocktail and a bright Rooibos tea and and vodka drink named Per My Last Email. Reservations are available on OpenTable.

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Broken Shaker’s outdoor space
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8. Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co.

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1150 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 725-3061
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For a breezy, rooftop vibe and a solid lineup of craft beers, consider Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co. Located a block from the Pulaski Bridge, this brewery and bar sells a handful of IPAs and sour wild ales made in-house, along with bottles and cans from local breweries. There’s traditional beer garden snacks, including pretzels and bratwurst, for staving off a buzz.

9. Berry Park

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4 Berry St
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 782-2829
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Live-streamed soccer games and flowing European beer options scream summer at Berry Park. This first come, first served Brooklyn beer bar offers $10 picklebacks, frozen cocktails, and beers available by the half-liter. Limited reservations are available when the bar opens on Saturday and Sunday.

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Berry Park, before the pandemic
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10. Make Believe

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190 Allen St
New York, NY 10002

Sometimes sprawling out in a velvet pink banquette is all that will do, and in those moments, there’s Make Believe. “Open eight days a week,” this tropical-themed bar with a retractable roof is tucked away on the seventh floor of the Sixty Lower East Side Hotel. Reservations are available a month in advance through Resy.

11. cloudM New York Bowery

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189 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

CloudM spans the entire 21st floor of the Bowery location of the trendy CitizenM Hotel with a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces. Sky high views of Midtown to the north and the Financial District on the south side serve as a backdrop for guests ordering martinis or glasses of rosé. The bar also partners with local artists for musical acts and in the past collaborated with dim sum favorite Nom Wah on the food menu.

12. Night of Joy

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667 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

This Williamsburg bar is a great next-best if waiting for a table at Llama Inn, located right across the street. And if what you’re looking for is floral drinks on a low-key roof, Night of Joy might just be the best. The lavender cocktail, made with gin, is not to be missed, though the bartenders here will make most drinks on request.

13. Llama Inn

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50 Withers St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 387-3434
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The plant-filled rooftop at Williamsburg’s popular Peruvian restaurant Llama Inn has reopened for brunch and dinner service. The rooftop has its own bar, which is serving several cocktails and an impressive lineup of piscos. Don’t miss the restaurant’s popular quinoa dish, made with bacon, cashew, avocado, and banana. Reservations available through Resy.

14. Elsewhere

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599 Johnson Ave #1
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Giant Bushwick music venue Elsewhere is gearing open to reopen its rooftop for the spring and summer season. It’s not clear what the cocktail and food menus will look like, but the rooftop bar has offered frozen margaritas and Red Bull-spiked Painkillers in the past. Reservations are strongly encouraged for groups of four or more. Note: Elsewhere reopens April 30.

15. LLoHi Roof Bar

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314 Scholes St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(347) 566-3662
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LLoHi opened its doors atop an East Williamsburg warehouse last winter. This rooftop bar may have been a bit early to the party, but now that the weather has come around, its ready to go with with indoor and outdoor seating, rain protection, a few heaters, and lots of room to spread out. A short food menu advertises Funyun smash burgers, pork rib dumplings, and fried pickles. Reservations available online.

16. The Greens

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89 South St
New York, NY 10038
(917) 512-7540
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Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport is gearing up for another summer season. The rooftop hangout, dubbed the Greens, has socially distant mini-lawns that come with an umbrella and multiple lawn chairs, where customers can order cocktails and food from the Pier’s rooftop restaurant, R17. Reservations available in 90-minute blocks, with a $20 to $40 fee. Note: Opens May 3.

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17. Ampia Rooftop & Gnoccheria Wall Street

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100 Broad Street, 2nd Fl Entrance on Bridge Street b/t Broad St and, Whitehall St
New York, NY 10004
(212) 422-4102
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This sprawling rooftop restaurant comes from the team behind Gnoccheria, which operates a restaurant on the ground floor of the same building. The menu is seafood-heavy, with lobster and octopus appearing in ravioli, bowls of gnocchi, and atop paninis. Reservations available through OpenTable.

A rooftop deck lined with several greenhouses, which each contain a set of tables and chairs Ampia

18. Rooftop Reds

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Building 275
Brooklyn, NY
(703) 582-8609
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In addition to some stellar dining options, Brooklyn Navy Yard is home to rooftop winery Rooftop Reds, an open-air space that — in non-pandemic times — includes corn hole, hammocks, and movie screenings. For now there’s lots of picnic tables, views of the Manhattan skyline, and weekly wine tastings and tours available by reservation through Eventbrite.

19. The Rockaway Hotel

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108-10 Rockaway Beach Dr
Queens, NY 11694
(718) 474-1216
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Located on the sixth floor of the Rockaway Hotel, the aptly named Rooftop offers views of Jamaica Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and, farther afield, the Manhattan skyline. The restaurant and bar is open for brunch and dinner, with oysters, clams, and other shareable seafood dishes on deck. Reservations available online.

A line of wooden chairs faces a window with a view of the Atlantic Ocean in a brightly lit bar with hanging plants The Rockaway Hotel [Official]

1. Zona De Cuba

558 Grand Concourse, The Bronx, NY 10451

The palm tree-lined rooftop at Zona de Cuba is open for outdoor dinner and brunch service. The Cuban destination in the Bronx is serving up Caribbean staples including oxtail stew, grilled steak, and bite-sized mofongitos. Reservations are encouraged, and plan well in advance as seats on the rooftop book up fast.

558 Grand Concourse
The Bronx, NY 10451

2. The Heights Bar & Grill

2867 Broadway, New York, NY

On the second level of this Morningside Heights bar sits a rooftop that can be partially enclosed, making it a solid choice if rain is in the forecast. The Heights is ideal for sipping pint-sized frozen margaritas, which come in flavors like mango, passion fruit, raspberry, strawberry, and peach. No reservations.

2867 Broadway
New York, NY

3. Cantina Rooftop

605 W 48th St, New York, NY
Cantina Rooftop
Cantina Rooftop
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Enjoy modern Mexican fare with a view at this Hell’s Kitchen rooftop, which remains open year-round. The colorful patio offers margarita pitchers along with tacos, enchiladas, and several guacamoles. Reservations are available for parties of six or fewer.

605 W 48th St
New York, NY

4. Sushi Lab Rooftop Times Square

Inside Sanctuary Hotel, 132 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
Six stools at a rooftop bar, with lanterns and plants hanging from the ceiling Sushi Lab Rooftop

Midtown’s Sushi Lab, located at the Sanctuary Hotel, expanded last year with a rooftop restaurant, where customers can order tuna tacos and wagyu beef rolls at a plant-filled sushi counter. The menu of Japanese small plates includes sushi, sashimi, small plates, and omakase sushi sets at two price points ($60 and $120). Reservations are required for entry.

Inside Sanctuary Hotel, 132 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036

5. Serra by Birreria

200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Fourteen floors above Eataly in the Flatiron District sits Serra, a rooftop greenhouse and bar bringing seasonal Italian fare, floral cocktails, and lots of plants. A menu of skewers and housemade pastas are new to the restaurant this season. Reservations available through OpenTable

200 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010

6. RH Rooftop Restaurant New York

9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Restoration Hardware’s swanky, leaf-lined rooftop space features spacious, socially distanced lounge seating around granite tables. The restaurant is open for dinner and brunch and menu items include lobster rolls, truffle fries, and a kale Caesar salad. Reservations are available on OpenTable.

9 9th Ave
New York, NY 10014

7. Broken Shaker at Freehand New York

23 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010
Chairs and tables arranged next to a brick wall
Broken Shaker’s outdoor space
Alex Staniloff/Eater [Official Photo]

Award-winning rooftop cocktail bar Broken Shaker is back with its signature experimental concoctions, including a Cinnamon Toast Crunch-infused bourbon cocktail and a bright Rooibos tea and and vodka drink named Per My Last Email. Reservations are available on OpenTable.

23 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010

8. Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co.

1150 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

For a breezy, rooftop vibe and a solid lineup of craft beers, consider Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co. Located a block from the Pulaski Bridge, this brewery and bar sells a handful of IPAs and sour wild ales made in-house, along with bottles and cans from local breweries. There’s traditional beer garden snacks, including pretzels and bratwurst, for staving off a buzz.

1150 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

9. Berry Park

4 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY
Berry Park
Berry Park, before the pandemic
Berry Park [Official]

Live-streamed soccer games and flowing European beer options scream summer at Berry Park. This first come, first served Brooklyn beer bar offers $10 picklebacks, frozen cocktails, and beers available by the half-liter. Limited reservations are available when the bar opens on Saturday and Sunday.

4 Berry St
Brooklyn, NY

10. Make Believe

190 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

Sometimes sprawling out in a velvet pink banquette is all that will do, and in those moments, there’s Make Believe. “Open eight days a week,” this tropical-themed bar with a retractable roof is tucked away on the seventh floor of the Sixty Lower East Side Hotel. Reservations are available a month in advance through Resy.

190 Allen St
New York, NY 10002

11. cloudM New York Bowery

189 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

CloudM spans the entire 21st floor of the Bowery location of the trendy CitizenM Hotel with a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces. Sky high views of Midtown to the north and the Financial District on the south side serve as a backdrop for guests ordering martinis or glasses of rosé. The bar also partners with local artists for musical acts and in the past collaborated with dim sum favorite Nom Wah on the food menu.

189 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

12. Night of Joy

667 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This Williamsburg bar is a great next-best if waiting for a table at Llama Inn, located right across the street. And if what you’re looking for is floral drinks on a low-key roof, Night of Joy might just be the best. The lavender cocktail, made with gin, is not to be missed, though the bartenders here will make most drinks on request.

667 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

13. Llama Inn

50 Withers St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The plant-filled rooftop at Williamsburg’s popular Peruvian restaurant Llama Inn has reopened for brunch and dinner service. The rooftop has its own bar, which is serving several cocktails and an impressive lineup of piscos. Don’t miss the restaurant’s popular quinoa dish, made with bacon, cashew, avocado, and banana. Reservations available through Resy.

50 Withers St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

14. Elsewhere

599 Johnson Ave #1, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Giant Bushwick music venue Elsewhere is gearing open to reopen its rooftop for the spring and summer season. It’s not clear what the cocktail and food menus will look like, but the rooftop bar has offered frozen margaritas and Red Bull-spiked Painkillers in the past. Reservations are strongly encouraged for groups of four or more. Note: Elsewhere reopens April 30.

599 Johnson Ave #1
Brooklyn, NY 11237

15. LLoHi Roof Bar

314 Scholes St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

LLoHi opened its doors atop an East Williamsburg warehouse last winter. This rooftop bar may have been a bit early to the party, but now that the weather has come around, its ready to go with with indoor and outdoor seating, rain protection, a few heaters, and lots of room to spread out. A short food menu advertises Funyun smash burgers, pork rib dumplings, and fried pickles. Reservations available online.

314 Scholes St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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16. The Greens

89 South St, New York, NY 10038
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Pier 17 in the South Street Seaport is gearing up for another summer season. The rooftop hangout, dubbed the Greens, has socially distant mini-lawns that come with an umbrella and multiple lawn chairs, where customers can order cocktails and food from the Pier’s rooftop restaurant, R17. Reservations available in 90-minute blocks, with a $20 to $40 fee. Note: Opens May 3.

89 South St
New York, NY 10038

17. Ampia Rooftop & Gnoccheria Wall Street

100 Broad Street, 2nd Fl Entrance on Bridge Street b/t Broad St and, Whitehall St, New York, NY 10004
A rooftop deck lined with several greenhouses, which each contain a set of tables and chairs Ampia

This sprawling rooftop restaurant comes from the team behind Gnoccheria, which operates a restaurant on the ground floor of the same building. The menu is seafood-heavy, with lobster and octopus appearing in ravioli, bowls of gnocchi, and atop paninis. Reservations available through OpenTable.

100 Broad Street, 2nd Fl Entrance on Bridge Street b/t Broad St and, Whitehall St
New York, NY 10004

18. Rooftop Reds

Building 275, Brooklyn, NY

In addition to some stellar dining options, Brooklyn Navy Yard is home to rooftop winery Rooftop Reds, an open-air space that — in non-pandemic times — includes corn hole, hammocks, and movie screenings. For now there’s lots of picnic tables, views of the Manhattan skyline, and weekly wine tastings and tours available by reservation through Eventbrite.

Building 275
Brooklyn, NY

19. The Rockaway Hotel

108-10 Rockaway Beach Dr, Queens, NY 11694
A line of wooden chairs faces a window with a view of the Atlantic Ocean in a brightly lit bar with hanging plants The Rockaway Hotel [Official]

Located on the sixth floor of the Rockaway Hotel, the aptly named Rooftop offers views of Jamaica Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and, farther afield, the Manhattan skyline. The restaurant and bar is open for brunch and dinner, with oysters, clams, and other shareable seafood dishes on deck. Reservations available online.

108-10 Rockaway Beach Dr
Queens, NY 11694

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