View A Space: Unique NYC Rooftop Lounges

Its summer and while many people look to beat the heat at local beaches and pools, others prefer to cool down with their favorite drink high atop the city's skyline in one of NYC's rooftop lounges.  No stranger to rooftops, or any other parts of a building, we've compiled a list 5 rooftop lounges to put on your summer "To-Do" list.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Roof Garden Cafe

Take a tour of the largest and most comprehensive art museums in the world and then head upstairs for one of the most cultural rooftop drinking experiences you will find - complete with an art installation by artist Imran Qureshi.  You can expect to find some of the best views of Central Park from this rooftop lounge and an artistic drink selection inspired by Qureshi's home country.

The Lounge at Pod 39 Hotel

For the budget-friendly traveler or the money-conscious New Yorker, the Lounge at Pod 39 offers spectacular views of the Empire State Building, great drink prices and bar treats from Salvation Taco in a rooftop terrace with Spanish flair.



Ravel Hotel Rooftop Bar

Sometimes leaving the city limits gives you the best views of the city.  This holds true in Long Island City's Ravel Hotel Rooftop Bar, which features a 6,000 sqft. garden terrace and panoramic views of the Queensboro Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.

La Birreria

If beer is more your style, you'll enjoy this massive rooftop beer garden featuring innovative house-made ales brewed on premises and unobstructed views of the Flatiron and Empire State Buildings.

La Piscine at the Americano

Take the external glass elevator to the 10th floor of the Hotel Americano for this rooftop pool bar.  Sip specialty cocktails while taking in spectacular views of Chelsea, including the High Line and cool off in the 4-foot rooftop pool while listening to live music.

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