While other cities may have great restaurants, what distinguishes NYC as the make-or-break food capital of America is the scene—no other city presents a fully revolving culinary universe quite like our town. With that in mind, we present our list of the top 25 places to dine and imbibe this summer.
With the weather warming and folks flocking to the streets for summer, we suggest a selection of vantage points with uniquely New York perspectives.
Bar 54 at the Hyatt Times Square
Staking its claim as the city’s highest rooftop roost, Bar 54 tops the Hyatt Times Square (135 W. 45th St., 54th Floor). On a clear day, you can see south to 1 World Trade Center, east to Midtown and the East River, and west to sunset over the Hudson, preferably with one of mixologist Julie Reiner’s concoctions in hand.
The Roof at the Viceroy New York
Literally and figuratively, the crowning glory of the fashionable new Viceroy New York is The Roof (124 W. 57th St., 29th Floor), a lounge with luxury yacht decor and a 1,200-square-foot outdoor terrace. Brought to you by the nightspot gurus at the Gerber Group, this lofty perch has sweeping Central Park views, DJ music, beach photographs, small-batch spirits, local craft beers and cocktails nearly as magical as the panorama.
Upstairs at the Kimberly
Retractable glass ceilings and walls glide open, exposing Upstairs at the Kimberly (145 E. 50th St., 30th Floor) to 360 degrees of Midtown skyscape. The Chrysler Building looms in the near distance, while the entire skyline embraces patrons as they gaze out and sip something delicious.
From club veteran Tim Spooches comes the rooftop restaurant and club Hotel Chantelle (92 Ludlow St.), which features greenhouse glass that retracts to offer an outdoor dining experience—perfect for private parties—alongside eats like lobster rolls and tuna tartare from Executive Chef Seth Levine.
Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar
Culture vultures, nature-lovers and cocktail enthusiasts flock to the Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Ave., Fifth Floor) from May through late fall. Visitors can toast American artist Dan Graham’s site-specific steel-and-mirrored-glass installation, done in collaboration with Swiss landscape architect Günther Vogt.