Featuring a glass retractable roof, this rooftop bar on the 21st floor of the Strand Hotel offers year-round dramatic views of NYC’s skyline – including its neighbor, the Empire State Building.
The atmosphere is sophisticated yet comfortable. The drink menu boasts an impressive selection of martinis and house specialties.
Plush lounge seating lines the aisle to the bar along with bar stools that overlook the skyline facing a glow bar. This spot is ideal for an evening out with friends.
Reviews: Top of the Strand is widely considered one of the best rooftop bars in New York City. Reviews from both the Yelp and TripAdvisor community give great praise for the sleek, yet unpretentious vibe.
Fifteen floors up Hotel Indigo in the Lower East Side, the view is spectacular and includes amazing unobstructed views of Lower Manhattan, including the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower).
Mr. Purple elicits a sleek and surprisingly unpretentious vibe.
The long narrow bar features two terraces- one of which features a pool perfect to sit beside and sunbathe, while the other offers a dining area complete with fuchsia-purple chairs.
A younger, hipster crowd command the space; mostly mid-’20s to mid-’30s.
In addition to their glowing cocktail menu, which features affordable drinks in comparison to its surrounding competitors, the food menu is not to be missed.
Cocktails are all $16, a glass of wine is $13+ and beers begin at $6 a bottle.
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Reviews: Many guests compliment this rooftop bar for its extremely casual vibe, something rare amongst many of the rooftop bars in the city. They also seem particularly satisfied with the drink prices.