What better place to get a view of New York City than the rooftop of a 30-story building? May is just around the corner, so rather than being trapped in a concrete complex, step out and enjoy some fresh air and a breathtaking view of the skyline. Here are four rooftop restaurants for a special day or night on the town.
SERRA FIORITA by Birreria
200 Fifth Ave.
Serra Fiorita, on the top floor of Eataly in Flatiron, might be the closest you can get to Naples in New York City. The offerings, from potato gnocchi ($18) to heartier dishes like the Hudson Valley Steelhead Trout ($26), are delicious, and the experience is elevated by the greenery of the outdoor space.
92 Ludlow St.
This Lower East Side spot is just as trendy as it is delicious, and the upbeat vibes on its rooftop, especially during brunch, make it perfect for ushering in the spring. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time in order to avoid waiting for a table. Once you’re seated, enjoy the outdoor patio while nibbling on their Bananas Foster Waffles ($15) or the Truffle Grilled Cheese ($16).
60 W. 37th St.
SkyLawn’s rooftop comes with a host of activities that other restaurants traditionally lack, like board games, Jenga and Connect Four. It offers a few light meals like flatbreads ($17) and a green salad with heirloom tomatoes, onions and poppy seed vinaigrette ($10). The best part of Skylawn, though, is its summer series of ultra-cozy movie nights every day at 6:30 p.m. Take in astonishing city views and munch on movie snacks like popcorn shrimp ($12) and corn dogs ($12).
Restoration Hardware Rooftop Restaurant
9 Ninth Ave.
Furniture store, restaurant and rooftop. This iconic interior design concept, new to the Meatpacking District, occupies the space where the bistro Pastis stood before it closed. It certainly does the lot justice. Try not to sink into the cloud-like couches you come across on your way to the top floor, where a beautiful rooftop restaurant awaits you. Order the kale caesar salad ($18) or the RH Burger ($24). Trust me.
A version of this article appears in the Monday, April 29, 2019, print edition. Email Celina Khorma at [email protected]