Nothing's better than having a drink with friends…except for having one (or more) while perched at the perfect table at one of the city's most popular open-air bars or lounges. We've rounded up nine New York warm-weather wonders where you can sip, eat and/or dance beneath the stars and skyline with a great deal.
HAVEN ROOFTOP at Sanctaury Hotel (Midtown West) Nestled in the heart of Manhattan just off Times Square in the bustling Theatre District, HAVEN is a rooftop cocktail lounge and restaurant that offers a welcome retreat from the hectic streets below. For the winter season, the space transforms into an alpine ski lodge with custom built chalets. The roof is covered by a transparent tent for viewing the winter sky and heated by personal fireplaces.
Dinner packages ($45/Person) from the menu of Chef Madison Belem
Drinks packages ($300 for a group of 8) are available every night.
EMPIRE HOTEL ROOFTOP (44 W 63rd St.) Located on the 12th floor of this luxury boutique hotel, the Rooftop Bar @ Lounge offers stunning views of New York City. The venue features both an afterwork scene which transitions to late night with live Djs. You can often enjoy live music performances, particularly jazz early in the evening.
Sample Deal: The Empire Starter package offers one bottle of choice (Absolut, Stoli, Tanqueray, Bacardi, Jameson or Jack Daniel's), skip the line privledges, admission for 6 guests and reserved seating for $300.
THE DL (95 Delancey St.) The DL is a three-story restaurant, bar, and rooftop lounge located at 95 Delancey Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side. The menu offers a collection of reimagined comfort food with a modern twist. The ideal location for a relaxed dinner, a few drinks or a late night treat, The DL offers something for everyone and brings a unique dining destination to the area. The second floor private room is available for special event upon request. The rooftop lounge is the Lower East Side's newest hotspot for both afterwork and evening.
Sample Deal: The Rooftop Birthday package offers one bottle of choice (Stoli, Absolut, Jameson, Jose Cuervo, Tanqueray), one bottle of Veuve Cliquot Champagne, admission for 8 guests and reserved seating for $480.
HOTEL CHANTELLE (92 Ludlow St.) Ooh la la! If not for the sight of the nearby Williamsburg Bridge, the gorgeous top floor of this chic, three-floor rest-lounge would have you swearing you were in Paris. Thanks to the clear, retractable roof, Hotel Chantelle and its brasserie decor (think old-fashioned standing street lamps and pretty, striped garden furniture) can be enjoyed year-round. Come for happy hour and enjoy 1/2-price artisanal cocktails at the bar (try the Clementine or the Delancey); once you get a buzz going, we bet you stay for dinner. As the hour grows later, bottles abound, and the place fills with stylish Lower East Side types. John Legend, Charlotte Ronson and Tilda Swinson have all partied here, and the Soho International Film Festival folks like it so much they held two of their recent 2012 Filmmakers Lounges on the premises.
Sample Deal: Hotel Chantelle's $650 Executive Package offers a party of eight free admission, a VIP table and two bottles of Ultimat vodka.
SKY ROOM (330 West 40th St.) The name says it all! Located on the 33rd and 34th floors of the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Times Square, this sophisticated, two-level lounge/club (pictured above) never lets you forget that you are partying in the middle of it all. Indeed, it's the highest rooftop lounge in the city and features five distinct lounge areas with cabanas, terraces, private rooms — one even boasts a greenhouse-like ceiling. And the exotic, eccentric decor (think illuminated furniture and illuminated floor tiles) is almost as dazzling as the 360-degree city views.
Sample Deal: Sky Room's $400 Birthday Bash package offers a party of 6 free admission, along with a VIP table, a bottle of Perrier Jouet Grand Brut, a half-bottle of Corzo tequila and a birthday cake.
HUDSON TERRACE (621 West 46th St.) Already regarded as one of city's best-loved rooftops, thanks to luxe VIP cabanas with stunning views of midtown and the Hudson River, this upscale nightclub is about to become even more of a draw. On May 5, when Hudson Terrace opens its retractable roof for the first time this season, they'll also unveil formidable upgrades to their sound and lighting systems. Expect a bash to rival the New York Giants' recent Super Bowl Victory Party! (Psst: The NiteTables launch party, with performances by Kat Deluna and Joe Budden, was held here too.)
Sample Deal: Hudson Terrace's Rooftop Party package provides free admission and reserved cabana for up to 15 guests, along with two Bottles of Grey Goose Vodka, a bottle of Herradura tequila and a bottle of House Champagne for $1,150.
COPACABANA (268 West 47th St.) Having relocated to its new Midtown West location last year, the world-famous Copa ups the ante with its recently opened an top-floor, open-air lounge. (Although, thanks to a retractable cover, patrons can "raise the roof" whatever the weather.) Outfitted with lush leather couches, its own bar area and the Copa's trademark Cuban-style decor, this is sure to be a hotspot for Summer 2012.
Sample Deal: One of our most popular packages, the $500 Copa's Buenos Noches package inludes four bottles of vodka, two bottles of champagne and accomodates up to 20 people on your guest list.
BAR 13 (35 East 13th St.) Want to party below 14th Street but don't want to deal with the doorman and velvet rope drama that usually comes with it? Consider Bar 13. This high-energy, no-pretension bar/lounge/club is always a good time, and it's especially hopping when the roof is open for business (and pleasure!). Enjoy the warm weather atop Union Square without having to descend stairs to get another drink: The outdoor deck's got its own bar.