NYC's 10 Best Rooftop Bars

Cocktails are more delicious with a view

New York City: The living ain’t always easy.

But what we lack in laundry convenience, we make up for in cocktails with a killer view.

Now that it’s firmly spring, let the rosé flow. These are the ten best spots for sipping in the skyline.

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Pod 39

April Bloomfield’s Salvation Taco may be the best-known amenity at this Murray Hill hotel, but we like to think the framed roof deck is the real star.

145 E. 39th St. (at Lexington Ave.); 212-865-5700 or

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Refinery Hotel

Over in the Garment District you’ll find this year-round lounge (thanks to a retractable glass roof) with an up-close look at the Empire State Building.

63 W. 38th St. (at Sixth Ave.); 646-664-0372 or

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The Roof At Viceroy New York

For a straight-shot view of Central Park, hit up this recent edition to the Midtown hotel scene.

124 W. 57th St. (at Seventh Ave.); 212-707-8008 or

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Roof Garden Café At The Met

Or just nestle right up to the tree line.

1000 Fifth Ave. (at 82nd St.); 212-535-7710 or

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The Terrace At Sixtyfive

To look down on basically all of Manhattan, you gotta head to 30 Rock. The newly renovated Rainbow Room just opened its wraparound terrace, and holy 65th floor is it spectacular.

30 Rockefeller Plaza; 212-632-5000 or

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The Empire Hotel

Consider this your go-to nightcap spot after an evening at Lincoln Center.

44 W. 63rd St. (at Columbus Ave.); 212-265-7400 or

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Gallow Green

Less about the view and more about the garden-like ambiance, this is the ideal place for enjoying the afternoon breeze over a gin punch bowl.

542 W. 27th St (at Tenth Ave.); 212-564-1662 or

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Catch Rooftop

Enjoy the open skies of the Meatpacking District atop this seafood restaurant's renovated space. Pro tip: Book a table for an early dinner before the, ahem, late-night types descend. (You know the ones.)

21 Ninth Ave. (at W. 13th St.); 212-392-5978 or

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Northern Territory

News flash: The Wythe isn’t the only game in town. (In fact, the crowd is pretty obnoxious.) When you’re in Brooklyn, hit up this Greenpoint gem instead.

2 Franklin St. (at N. 14th St.), Brooklyn, 347-689-4065 or

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Penthouse 808

To see the skyline head-on, look no further than Queens. The Ravel Hotel’s terrace restaurant has views of that, the Queensboro Bridge and the Silvercup Studios sign.

8-08 Queens Plaza S. (at Vernon Blvd.), Long Island City; 718-289-6118 or

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