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Rooftop bars with a tasteful crowd

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catewats Jun 8, 2009 09:24 PM

In a perfect world, there would exist a rooftop terrace with modestly priced drinks, a stunning view and a happy hour clientele devoid of business-card-wielding power drinkers speaking at high volumes. I understand we do not live in this perfect world, but am asking you fellow chowhounders for places you know that may come near to what my friend has requested for her pre-birthday dinner cocktail hour.

A few places sprung to mind, usual suspects like 230 Fifth, Plunge and Bar 13. But I am sure there are some gems out there that I don't know about that meet some of her criteria. So let the fun begin...

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    catewats Jun 9, 2009 02:50 PM

    Thanks everyone! Some of the places mentioned here I had heard of but forgotten about, like Rare and Top of the Tower. My roommate really likes The Delancey and is strongly recommending it as a place the birthday girl would love. But thanks to all of you, I have some great places to check out over the summer...

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      Jane A. Jun 9, 2009 12:57 PM

      There's the roof at the Beekman Tower Hotel - 1st Ave @ 49th St. Anyway the address is called 3 Mitchell Place, and the roof is called Top of the Tower. Been around forever - as far as I know, it's pretty low key as opposed to trendy.

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        taboo Jun 9, 2009 12:46 PM

        What about the roof at the top of the Giraffe Hotel? Also, not sure if the one at Petrossian restaurant is still there, but that was nice too.

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          snacks_in_the_city Jun 9, 2009 11:25 AM

          You can try Me Bar which is on the rooftop of the La Quinta hotel at 17 W. 32nd St. I haven't been this year, but on the couple of times I went last year, it was never crowded and was very lowkey.

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            notsochubbychubette Jun 9, 2009 09:03 AM

            a little less fancy, perfect pint...You can also get your own table on the roof with your ow tap!

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              banjolinana Jun 9, 2009 08:45 AM

              I think the rooftop at Rare in Murray HIll is pretty decent. Not SO large like 230 fifth to be monstrous but large enough that you aren't smooshed up next to Mr. Suit guy

              1. MMRuth Jun 9, 2009 04:59 AM

                Here are some threads that might help, including one recent one:

                http://search.chow.com/search?query=r...

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