Sip to support your neighborhood gathering place! Despite all restaurants and bars following the COVID-19 mandated shut-down, licensed spots of lubrication may now offer cocktails to-go with the State Liquor Authority’s blessing.
NYC’s top restaurants and bars are unveiling their best outdoor drinking spots, including people-watching terraces and rooftop perches touting sweeping skyline views. From buzzy hotel hotspots to low-key first-date hideaways, raise a glass to the best rooftop bars in NYC.
1. Sugar Monk
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Sugar MonkTamara Beckwith
While it’s a shame not to enjoy the high-level Harlem drink-making magic inside this cozy, sexy speakeasy, for a few hours a night, you can still enjoy the voodoo of a smoky Marie Laveau (bourbon, amaro, cardamom, orange bitters and a poof of applewood smoke) or one of its other nine bottled cocktails to-go in 12-ounce or 25-ounce sizes ($40-$75). Orders can be placed online Tuesday through Saturday at SugarMonkLounge.com between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., with final pickup at 8 p.m.
2292 Frederick Douglass Blvd.; 917-409-0028
2. Existing Conditions
The 16 outstanding cocktails to-go here might almost make you feel like the world is semi-normal while you sip. Grab your credit card and pick up a bottled Cruise to Nowhere (clarified guava, blanc vermouth, pineapple rum and aquavit) on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. Drinks are fridge stable for up to three days, but pop ’em in the freezer for an hour before serving in order to reach proper cocktail temperature.
35 W. 8th St.; 212-203-8935
3. The Jeffrey
Enlarge ImageBerry Daiquiri and Epic Crash drinks at The Jeffrey.
Berry Daiquiri and Epic Crash drinks at The Jeffrey.Brian Zak/NY Post
If you’re Midtown house-bound, The Jeffrey is offering your choice of nine different $10 made-to-order, single-serve sippers. We particularly like the much-needed tropical getaway feel of the Banana Stinger with Ancho Reyes, rye, Giffard Banane du Brésil and mole bitters. Order by phone during their current hours of noon to 10 p.m. — and have a credit card handy.
311 E. 60th St.; 212-355-2337
4. Hunky Dory
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Its name alone is a hopeful salve, but grab-and-go bottled cocktails from Hunky Dory, like the Smoky Mountain Songbird (mezcal, turmeric, lemon and madeira), are the right tonic for the times. Each of the rotating cocktails on offer costs $10-$12 and provides up to two servings, however, “We also scale them up and sell them by the pint or quart,” says owner Claire Sprouse. Be sure to check HunkyDoryBK.com for the daily updated cocktail menu, and for instructions on how to place your order via Venmo. Cocktails are made and delivered to your door in Crown Heights and Prospect Heights on Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.
Gotham’s top-notch cocktail haunts come tucked in restaurant basements, stuffed behind unmarked storefronts and hidden in hot-dog shacks. Rarely do you find quality drinks in the pool-soaked terrain of rooftop bars—until now. Enter Tim and Nancy Cushman, the husband-and-wife team behind Boston’s high-flying Japanese spot O Ya, who bring smart tippling to the roof deck of Gramercy’s Park South Hotel.
GALLOW GREEN The transportive vibe of Sleep No More, Punchdrunk’s interactive theater piece at the McKittrick Hotel, carries over to the venue’s rooftop bar. Named for a Scottish field where accused witches were hanged, Gallow Green has the feel of a garden party thrown at an abandoned farm.
JULIETTE When you tire of Williamsburg’s dive bars, head up the stairs of this French bistro for a glass of vin on the wooden terrace that’s dotted with trees. The roof deck is now more conducive to drinkers: The same menu is offered as in the restaurant below, and DJs are occasionally spinning.
This massive rooftop beer garden, located 14 stories above the Italian megastore Eataly, offers a direct line to one of the world’s most exciting new beer regions: an unprecedented stash of beers from the Boot, as well as innovative house-made ales reflecting trends on both sides of the Atlantic. Hops-heads will geek out over the three proprietary cask-conditioned ales brewed on the premises. But you don’t have to be a beer nerd to appreciate the views of the Flatiron and Empire State Buildings while sipping on the unpasteurized, unfiltered suds.