As sad as we are to see summer come to an end, now is actually the best time to get out and enjoy some alfresco entertainment. (Hello, cocktails and a skyline view.) So if you haven?t yet checked out this summer?s latest rooftop scene, here?s your chance.
Haven Rooftop at the Sanctuary Hotel
Overlooking Times Square, this glass-encased deck has been quite the nightlife hit, but we recommend sampling the light-bites menu (of tuna tartare and charcuterie) earlier as a pre-theater dinner alternative to all the surrounding generic Italian joints. 132 W. 47th St.; 212-234-7000 or havenrooftop.com
Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel
This faux hotel (home to the Sleep No More experience) recently added a quaint rooftop patio to its vintage-themed repertoire. To sip on old-fashioned punch in the garden-like bar, reservations are required, but show tickets are not. 530 W. 27th St.; 212-564-2243 or mckittrickhotel.com/gallowgreen
Renaissance New York Hotel 57
This Midtown mainstay has undergone several design upgrades, the latest of which is a new rooftop lounge facing the Chrysler Building. Out of respect for the guests, it?s open only Sunday through Thursday (from 5 to 10 p.m.) but is ideal for a post-work cocktail. 130 East 57th St.; 212-753-8841 or renaissancehotel57.com