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Jun 6, 2007 10:52 AM

Best rooftop bar in Manhattan?

Looking for ambience and also a place that serves good food.

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  1. I had been looking forward to the rooftop at The Library Bar, but I found their waitstaff to be very rude and pushy. So I would definitely avoid The Library Bar (midtown east).

    I had heard decent things about the one on Delancey St. Perhaps someone else could weigh in on that rooftop?

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    1. re: Liquid Sky

      I like the Delancy St. space, but it's usually so clogged with second hand smoke that it's hard to just chill and enjoy a drink. Do they serve food? I don't remember them doing that.

      230 5th was, last I went (about three months ago), a beautiful space with really pricey, not always well made drinks and so-so food. You can't beat the view, but you can sure beat the prices.

      The bar on the Metropolitan Museum roof has the kind of snack items you find in a European train station, but it's a great view and friendly space, and the wine menu isn't bad. The only downside: they close really early.

    2. the bar at the penninsula hotel is beautiful - although I haven't been there in a while. I don't remember how good the food was but it is an amazing view.

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      1. re: monkey2

        I was just at the pentbar at the penisula and while I can't comment on the food since I only had drinks I can say this: Very nice view but get there early cuz the tables are near impossible to get. Also, a bottle of Amstel Light was $13. Speaking of good views... the last time I paid $13 for a light beer there was a blonde and a pole on stage....

        1. re: Fallon

          Whoa... a little too much info there... ha ha. But seriously, YES the views from Peninsula are great. In general, their prices are extremely inflated. I remember having afternoon tea there for $45 per person. I mean, it was decent but not THAT GOOD.

      2. rise bar at the ritz carlton in battery park city.

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        1. re: steve h.

          I heard that the bar in the ritz at battery park city was great - I keep meaning to try it!

        2. Second the rise bar at Ritz downtown. One hitch: it is capacity controlled, so try to get there as close to opening as posssible.

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          1. re: Upperwestsider

            Is RISE enclosed? Or are you out there in the open air? (I actually prefer the latter!)

            P.S. When is a good time to get there to beat the crowds?


            1. re: Liquid Sky

              out in the open air. the balcony mostly faces the sw, which is the statue of liberty and the "new" new jersey skyline. great to watch the sunset.

              so-so drinks, but totally worth it.

              1. re: mrnyc

                Excellent... thanks!

                I'm guessing RISE gets mobbed post-work hours (5:30 pm onward...)?

          2. park avenue summer when it opens today should fit the bill. Craig Koketsu is the chef in charge so food is pretty awesome

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            1. re: scanditrash

              Oh wow. I think I'd better go check this out to make sure it's safe for other Chowhounds to go.