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rooftop bar thats not toooooo swanky?

TampaNativeThatLovesNYC Apr 27, 2009 11:16 AM

I' m ok w some swank, just not so swanky i feel out of place. Any recs? I'm open to whatever, thank you! :)

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    mbs Apr 28, 2009 07:33 PM

    Tonic or red sky

    1. thew Apr 28, 2009 06:39 PM

      me bar - la quinta

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        mrnyc Apr 28, 2009 06:20 PM

        too bad the battery park ritz hotel (rise) bar just closed up - or so i just read.

        that was one of my favorite views. the sunset over jersey from up there was stellar.

        what where they thinking closing that just as the weather is getting nice?

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          balabanian Apr 28, 2009 09:37 AM

          The gansevoort hotel rooftop bar seems like it would be too swanky, but i have found it to be fine for me, and i'm not comfortable around too swanky either. It's a really spectacular setting, great views, great drinks.

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            BlueHerons Apr 28, 2009 07:30 AM

            One place I really love that isn't a bar is the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You can get a glass of wine or a beer and drool over the view.

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            1. re: BlueHerons
              kathryn Apr 28, 2009 09:30 AM

              Bring a hat and shades though. It get hot and sunny up there.

            2. PlomeekSoup Apr 27, 2009 05:50 PM

              The bar atop Hotel Giraffe ("Barna") has a nice feel, decent views, tapas menu, all without the swank. Nice bathroom accessible through the adjacent "Penthouse Piano Suite."

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              1. re: PlomeekSoup
                fein Apr 28, 2009 06:44 AM

                barna closed : (

              2. Spends Rent on Food Apr 27, 2009 03:11 PM

                Rare View isn't swanky - 37th and lex.

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                  LBNJNY Apr 27, 2009 02:22 PM

                  Brass Monkey in Meatpacking

                  1. LeahBaila Apr 27, 2009 01:31 PM

                    It's not a rooftop, but what about "The Frying Pan?"


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                    1. re: LeahBaila
                      Nancy C Apr 27, 2009 01:34 PM

                      How's the rooftop at the Library hotel (41st and Madison)?

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                        orthorunner Apr 27, 2009 07:44 PM

                        Not too swanky at all; generally low-key. I enjoyed it a lot when I went, though the cocktails are not particularly creative or expertly made considering the price (I think 13 or 15 apiece) Nice view of the city.

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                      quizkiddonniesmith Apr 27, 2009 12:09 PM

                      Sutton Place has a big rooftop bar, and the place is far from swanky. in fact its's the exact opposite: bridge and tunnel

                      The Delancey also has a decent non swanky rooftop bar.

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                        TampaNativeThatLovesNYC Apr 27, 2009 01:04 PM


                        1. re: TampaNativeThatLovesNYC
                          intrepid Apr 27, 2009 01:08 PM

                          empire hotel

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                            uwsgrazer Apr 27, 2009 08:01 PM

                            Have you been, how is it? It looked kind of complicated on the website, with different events going on different days of the week. I even noticed a reservations link. But I would love to hear it's a great and easy-going place to go for a drink.

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                              JungMann Apr 28, 2009 06:18 AM

                              I've only been to the rooftop at the Empire Hotel for a private party and it was anything but easy-going. There were bouncers, velvet ropes, and the requisite overpriced drinks to complete Meatpacking experience. There was less attitude than downtown, but not exactly the type of place I would go to relax.

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                                intrepid Apr 28, 2009 08:29 AM

                                i ve been weekdays only, its been relaxed

                        2. re: quizkiddonniesmith
                          cimui Apr 28, 2009 07:29 AM

                          i'm with quizkid on delancey lounge. it's a bit grungy in a good way, with a good mix of people, some of whom dress up and some who don't. (but there's lots of secondhand smoke...)

                        3. JungMann Apr 27, 2009 11:42 AM

                          I think hardly anyone would call the rooftop bar at the Hotel Metro swanky, though it does look a bit better than the bar atop the La Quinta Inn.

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