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The Gansevoort Meatpacking hotel offers 360-degree views of Manhattan.
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Where to Eat and Drink Poolside in New York

Refreshing cocktails, views for days, and staycation-worthy hotels — all available poolside

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The Gansevoort Meatpacking hotel offers 360-degree views of Manhattan.
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Finding outdoor spaces to dine and drink has never been more popular in New York City than in the past year. When there’s a pool involved? Good luck. But with a little planning, there’s still time to cool off poolside with a refreshing cocktail during the hot days ahead. Here is a list of 10 New York hotels that boast rooftop pools that are going heavy on the views. Some are open only to hotel guests, while others are offering day passes that will seem cheap during 90-degree weather.

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Gansevoort Meatpacking Hotel

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While enjoying 360-degree views of Manhattan, visitors at this Meatpacking District hotel can order from a poolside menu with summery dishes like a caprese grilled cheese or the roasted chicken salad with mixed greens, heirloom tomato, baby corn, and hearts of palm. The drink list is filled with classic cocktail options.

Outdoor furniture is set up around a pool with a patterned floor. In the background is a bar.
The Gansevoort Meatpacking hotel’s rooftop affords 360-degree views of Manhattan.
Gansevoort Hotel

Located on the Modernhaus Soho Hotel’s 18th floor, this rooftop bar and pool deck serves seasonal cocktails by mixologist Johnny Swet. Salt cod croquettes, piri piri chicken, and other global bar fare comes from Michelin-starred chef George Mendes. The venue is open daily throughout the year. Book a reservation via email (reservations@jimmysoho.com) or Resy.

An aerial photograph of a hotel pool, whose water is dark blue and surrounded by reclining people with their feet in the water
Jimmy’s is located on the 18th floor of the Modernhaus Soho Hotel.
Jimmy

Dream Downtown Hotel

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The Dream’s downtown location is doing its best to turn a second floor pool into a beach club — it even brought in sand. Day passes are $80 per chaise lounge on weekdays. On weekends, poolside loungers can reserve a seat for $100 or a cabana for $100 for two daily seatings. A selling point for some, the pool is often filled with whimsical floats. The menu here includes avocado toast, a fried chicken sandwich, and poke.

A line of reclining chairs are covered with ornate patterned umbrellas beside a clear pool on a sunny day
Sand was been brought in to help recreate the tropical vibes of the Dream Downtown Hotel’s rooftop.
Dream Downtown, Dream Downtown Hotel

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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Amid its rooftop pool deck and plunge pool, registered hotel guests can order from Harriet’s Rooftop and Lounge while taking in views of the Manhattan skyline. The menu here includes cocktails, sustainable wines and local beers, and seasonal bites like a watermelon ginger salad and grilled shishito peppers. Reserve pool seating through the 1 Hotels App or emailing 1bb-poolreservations@1hotels.com.

A set of umbrellas and brown reclining chairs sits next to a clear pool. In the background, a city skyline is visible on a clear day.
1 Hotel is located on the waterfront near Brooklyn Bridge Park with views of the Manhattan skyline.
1 Hotel

Sixty LES Hotel

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The guest-only pool at this Lower East Side hotel is artsy with Andy Warhol’s visage looking up from the bottom and is surrounded by plush seating, cocktail tables, and an outdoor shower. The hotel’s Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya prepares small plates for poolside dining and drinking.

A set of a half-dozen orange reclining chairs sits beside a clear pool
The guest-only pool at the Sixty LES Hotel.
Sixty LES

Mr. Purple

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Mr. Purple, the Hotel Indigo’s popular nightlife spot, boasts a heated pool with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. For refreshing drinks, consider a vodka-based cocktail with ginger, jalapeño, and lemon juice or spritz with vodka, prosecco, lime juice, and club soda. The food menu includes dishes to snack on, including guacamole, cheese-and-charcuterie boards, and the Mr. Purple Burger. Pool access is limited only to hotel guests during weekdays and is offered by reservation only during weekends with a required spending minimum.

The William Vale

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If a staycation is in the cards, there’s worse places to start than the William Vale’s pool. The venue, located on the hotel’s fourth floor outdoor terrace, offers stunning views of Manhattan and food from New York favorites Andrew Carmellini and Noho Hospitality Group. It’s a pool that’s keen on keeping the space uncrowded and serene. To eat, there’s crispy shrimp tacos, a grilled hot dog, and a grilled chicken sandwich.

Several palm fronds are visible in front of a pool of water on a clear day
Food from Andrew Carmellini’s restaurants are available at the William Vale.
The William Vale

McCarren Hotel & Pool

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For the uninitiated, McCarren’s outdoor pool comes with a bit of a scene. On weekends it’s a place to be seen, and usually fills up by the afternoon. Since demand here is very high, there’s a ticket system via the hotel’s website. A day pass can start at $100 per person and go up toward $200 or so for a larger bed. Food options in the pool area include raw oysters, salmon belly pastrami, and pan con tomate.

The Rockaway Hotel

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Hotel guests have daily access to this heated pool, with loungers having first come, first served availability. Definitely pre-book a reservation for the poolside or garden cabanas by contacting the front desk via email at hello@therockawayhotel.com. The hotel’s Poolside Dining House offers a menu all day long, including access to a raw bar and full cocktail program.

Several sets of light wooden furniture sit on a pool deck outdoors
Poolside at the Rockaway Hotel.
Kyle Knodell/Rockaway Hotel

TWA Hotel

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At what was formerly the TWA Flight Center, JFK’s only onsite airport hotel has its rooftop pool-cuzzi and observation deck overlooking one of the airport’s runways. Pool reservations are required for TWA Hotel guests and food and drink orders can be put in through the pool’s bar. Cocktails have aviation-themed names, from the Mile-High Margarita to Vodka Is My Co-Pilot, complete with dry vermouth and olives.

White chairs are set up at an outdoor pool with clear water and a clear sky
TWA Hotel’s poolside bar overlooks a JFK runway.
Eric Laignel/TWA Hotel

Gansevoort Meatpacking Hotel

Outdoor furniture is set up around a pool with a patterned floor. In the background is a bar.
The Gansevoort Meatpacking hotel’s rooftop affords 360-degree views of Manhattan.
Gansevoort Hotel

While enjoying 360-degree views of Manhattan, visitors at this Meatpacking District hotel can order from a poolside menu with summery dishes like a caprese grilled cheese or the roasted chicken salad with mixed greens, heirloom tomato, baby corn, and hearts of palm. The drink list is filled with classic cocktail options.

Outdoor furniture is set up around a pool with a patterned floor. In the background is a bar.
The Gansevoort Meatpacking hotel’s rooftop affords 360-degree views of Manhattan.
Gansevoort Hotel

Jimmy

An aerial photograph of a hotel pool, whose water is dark blue and surrounded by reclining people with their feet in the water
Jimmy’s is located on the 18th floor of the Modernhaus Soho Hotel.
Jimmy

Located on the Modernhaus Soho Hotel’s 18th floor, this rooftop bar and pool deck serves seasonal cocktails by mixologist Johnny Swet. Salt cod croquettes, piri piri chicken, and other global bar fare comes from Michelin-starred chef George Mendes. The venue is open daily throughout the year. Book a reservation via email (reservations@jimmysoho.com) or Resy.

An aerial photograph of a hotel pool, whose water is dark blue and surrounded by reclining people with their feet in the water
Jimmy’s is located on the 18th floor of the Modernhaus Soho Hotel.
Jimmy

Dream Downtown Hotel

A line of reclining chairs are covered with ornate patterned umbrellas beside a clear pool on a sunny day
Sand was been brought in to help recreate the tropical vibes of the Dream Downtown Hotel’s rooftop.
Dream Downtown, Dream Downtown Hotel

The Dream’s downtown location is doing its best to turn a second floor pool into a beach club — it even brought in sand. Day passes are $80 per chaise lounge on weekdays. On weekends, poolside loungers can reserve a seat for $100 or a cabana for $100 for two daily seatings. A selling point for some, the pool is often filled with whimsical floats. The menu here includes avocado toast, a fried chicken sandwich, and poke.

A line of reclining chairs are covered with ornate patterned umbrellas beside a clear pool on a sunny day
Sand was been brought in to help recreate the tropical vibes of the Dream Downtown Hotel’s rooftop.
Dream Downtown, Dream Downtown Hotel

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

A set of umbrellas and brown reclining chairs sits next to a clear pool. In the background, a city skyline is visible on a clear day.
1 Hotel is located on the waterfront near Brooklyn Bridge Park with views of the Manhattan skyline.
1 Hotel

Amid its rooftop pool deck and plunge pool, registered hotel guests can order from Harriet’s Rooftop and Lounge while taking in views of the Manhattan skyline. The menu here includes cocktails, sustainable wines and local beers, and seasonal bites like a watermelon ginger salad and grilled shishito peppers. Reserve pool seating through the 1 Hotels App or emailing 1bb-poolreservations@1hotels.com.

A set of umbrellas and brown reclining chairs sits next to a clear pool. In the background, a city skyline is visible on a clear day.
1 Hotel is located on the waterfront near Brooklyn Bridge Park with views of the Manhattan skyline.
1 Hotel

Sixty LES Hotel

A set of a half-dozen orange reclining chairs sits beside a clear pool
The guest-only pool at the Sixty LES Hotel.
Sixty LES

The guest-only pool at this Lower East Side hotel is artsy with Andy Warhol’s visage looking up from the bottom and is surrounded by plush seating, cocktail tables, and an outdoor shower. The hotel’s Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya prepares small plates for poolside dining and drinking.

A set of a half-dozen orange reclining chairs sits beside a clear pool
The guest-only pool at the Sixty LES Hotel.
Sixty LES

Mr. Purple

Mr. Purple, the Hotel Indigo’s popular nightlife spot, boasts a heated pool with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. For refreshing drinks, consider a vodka-based cocktail with ginger, jalapeño, and lemon juice or spritz with vodka, prosecco, lime juice, and club soda. The food menu includes dishes to snack on, including guacamole, cheese-and-charcuterie boards, and the Mr. Purple Burger. Pool access is limited only to hotel guests during weekdays and is offered by reservation only during weekends with a required spending minimum.

The William Vale

Several palm fronds are visible in front of a pool of water on a clear day
Food from Andrew Carmellini’s restaurants are available at the William Vale.
The William Vale

If a staycation is in the cards, there’s worse places to start than the William Vale’s pool. The venue, located on the hotel’s fourth floor outdoor terrace, offers stunning views of Manhattan and food from New York favorites Andrew Carmellini and Noho Hospitality Group. It’s a pool that’s keen on keeping the space uncrowded and serene. To eat, there’s crispy shrimp tacos, a grilled hot dog, and a grilled chicken sandwich.

Several palm fronds are visible in front of a pool of water on a clear day
Food from Andrew Carmellini’s restaurants are available at the William Vale.
The William Vale

McCarren Hotel & Pool

For the uninitiated, McCarren’s outdoor pool comes with a bit of a scene. On weekends it’s a place to be seen, and usually fills up by the afternoon. Since demand here is very high, there’s a ticket system via the hotel’s website. A day pass can start at $100 per person and go up toward $200 or so for a larger bed. Food options in the pool area include raw oysters, salmon belly pastrami, and pan con tomate.

The Rockaway Hotel

Several sets of light wooden furniture sit on a pool deck outdoors
Poolside at the Rockaway Hotel.
Kyle Knodell/Rockaway Hotel

Hotel guests have daily access to this heated pool, with loungers having first come, first served availability. Definitely pre-book a reservation for the poolside or garden cabanas by contacting the front desk via email at hello@therockawayhotel.com. The hotel’s Poolside Dining House offers a menu all day long, including access to a raw bar and full cocktail program.

Several sets of light wooden furniture sit on a pool deck outdoors
Poolside at the Rockaway Hotel.
Kyle Knodell/Rockaway Hotel

TWA Hotel

White chairs are set up at an outdoor pool with clear water and a clear sky
TWA Hotel’s poolside bar overlooks a JFK runway.
Eric Laignel/TWA Hotel

At what was formerly the TWA Flight Center, JFK’s only onsite airport hotel has its rooftop pool-cuzzi and observation deck overlooking one of the airport’s runways. Pool reservations are required for TWA Hotel guests and food and drink orders can be put in through the pool’s bar. Cocktails have aviation-themed names, from the Mile-High Margarita to Vodka Is My Co-Pilot, complete with dry vermouth and olives.

White chairs are set up at an outdoor pool with clear water and a clear sky
TWA Hotel’s poolside bar overlooks a JFK runway.
Eric Laignel/TWA Hotel

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