The winter weather isn’t enough to keep a New Yorker from the city’s many rooftops, but some are a little more equipped than others when it comes to battling the season’s chill—and we’ve mapped them out for you!
Some bars are only decorated for the holiday season, but there are quite a few that keep the magic up all winter long. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran at rooftop partying, or just want to see them all decked out for winter, check out these beautiful heated NYC rooftop bars. You’ll find everything from fireplaces and blankets, to fire-pits and igloos.
Of course, all restaurants have COVID-19 safety measures in place including socially distanced tables, thorough cleaning procedures, and mask requirements upon entry. In addition, you can refer to their websites for more specific details.
1. Mr. Purple, LES
Where: 180 Orchard Street, 15th floor
The Chalet at Mr. Purple is a wintry rooftop ski lodge returning this season! There will of course also be seasonal cocktails and tasty meal offerings.
Where: 230 Fifth Avenue
The glowy Rooftop Igloo Bar is back with their cozy igloos, and plans to add even more to the space as the season progresses. As has been standard in the past, each igloo can accommodate 4-10 guests and they must be reserved in advance. Plus, there you can enjoy your choice of movies in them this year!
3. PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown, Midtown
Where: 210 West 55th Street
PHD Terrace has transformed into a Midsummer Night’s Dream for the winter with a gorgeous garden and plenty of lights. There’s even a flower tunnel and swing! Try their Winter Warmer Margarita made with with Milagro tequila, lime, cinnamon syrup and strawberry puree.
4. Haven Rooftop, Midtown
Where: 132 West 47th Street
Haven Rooftop at Sanctuary Hotel has become a wintery ski chalet for the season. Cozy into the warm atmosphere decorated with dazzling fairy lights as you sip on a craft cocktail.
5. The Rooftop at Pier 17 , Seaport District
Where: 89 South St, New York
The seasonal conversion of “The Greens” will feature 28 individual dining cabins for guests to enjoy throughout the winter months. Each cabin is 12′ x 10′ and can seat up to 10 people. The cabins promise to bring customers winter décor, spacious banquette seating, a virtual fireplace, heaters, and floor-to-ceiling views of New York City.
6. Eataly’s SERRA Stellata by Birreria, Flatiron
Where: 200 Fifth Avenue
The concept for Eataly’s Serra by Birreria winter rooftop has just been announced. Titled SERRA Stellata – In the Woods, this themed experience is a “woodland wonderland.” The space with beautiful shades of icy blue, forest décor, and a sparkling ceiling was designed by Milkway Studio. The winter atmosphere will pair wonderfully with their warm cocktails and hearty food menu.
7. Cedar Cabins at Arlo Soho, Soho
Where: 231 Hudson Street (SoHo)
New York City’s Arlo SoHo Hotel has transformed into a cozy cabin oasis for the season. This year’s experience keeps guests warm and toasty in their heated cedar cabins with winter cocktails like their apple cider mule, and delicious food.
8. Winterly at Summerly, Williamsburg
Where: 97 Wythe Avenue
Better known as Summerly, this rooftop at the Hoxton Hotel has transformed into a winter wonderland! Snuggle beside a Christmas tree while you dine under starry lights and try one of their warm winter cocktails!
9. Electric Lemon, Hudson Yards
Where: 33 Hudson Yards 24th Floor
This restaurant at the Equinox Hotel will surely keep you warm with their stunning, massive fire pits! Enjoy soulful food and this sleek location great for a winter dining.
10. The Pink Snow Lodge at Magic Hour
Where: (Moxy at Times Square) 485 7th Ave
This rooftop might be the most instagrammable yet! Fully equipped with a ski lift carousel, Moxy Times Square has transformed their rooftop into an après-ski lodge. The entire rooftop glows pink and keeps customers warm with outdoor heat lamps! There’s even pink hot chocolate on the menu as well as spiked cider and more winter-themed treats!
featured image source: Courtesy of Michael Kleinberg
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