Take Happy Hour to New Heights at These Rooftop Restaurants in New York City

Rooftops in Manhattan are a strange breed. Entirely forgotten in winter months, they come alive in the spring to the point where scoring a coveted spot from which to admire a Manhattanhenge sunset becomes near impossible. But that's part of the appeal. Walk up to a NYC rooftop on any given summer day or night, and you'll be greeted with a happy crowd of sunset enthusiasts all with a tiki cocktail and a beef slider in hand.

In a way, rooftops in New York City are like the frosé of restaurants. Don't expect high cuisine (except for in rare occasions). Don't even expect a table—as real estate is limited, you may have to enjoy your lobster roll sans chair. But what NYC rooftops lack in gourmet fare and personal space, they more than make up for in handcrafted cocktails and unparalleled views.

Are you in the mood for tacos and a mezcal cocktail overlooking the Hudson River? How about countryside Italian and biodynamic wines in the heart of Flatiron? Or maybe you'd prefer your small bites and margarita overlooking the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn? Whatever you're in the mood for, we have the perfect rooftop restaurants in New York City for you.