Broken Shaker is a rooftop bar, but it isn’t a place where you’ll have to shout over loud music while someone spills a vodka Red Bull on your new shoes. It gets packed, sure - but it feels less like a typical rooftop bar and more like a house party in a nice, beach-themed apartment that you somehow got invited to. It’s on top of the Freehand Hotel on Lexington Ave, and there’s a big indoor space with plenty of tables and bars on either side, as well as a large wraparound terrace with even more tables. You can either sit and order food (like a burger with yucca fries and a tray of uni), or you can just grab a drink at one of the bars and enjoy the views. That said, you should get here early, or mentally prepare for a long wait. The good news is, it’s worth it.
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We wish there was a Daily Provisions on every corner, so that we would never be far from their excellent breakfast and lunch.
Old Town Bar
Over a century of Big Apple history lies within these walls, as does a pretty excellent burger. Come have a beer and pretend your horse is outside.
Gramercy Tavern is an incredible restaurant. But you already know that. The bar is the move you want to make here, and you want to make it often.
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Earl’s Beer & Cheese
Earl’s menu of pig and cheese heavy snacks pairs perfectly with the small but righteous selection of draft beers that they have on tap. Head up north sometime to check it out, and also visit Earl’s sister restaurant around the corner, ABV.
What we have found at Blind Tiger is a New York City bar that actually has an extensive microwbrew selection AND excellent food. Unfortunately, the place gets very crowded at times.
The Polynesian is a tiki-themed rooftop cocktail bar in Midtown from the people behind Carbone and The Grill.
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Simon & The Whale
Simon and The Whale is the main restaurant at the Freehand Hotel, and it’s the sort of place where you can eat great food and run into an ex.
Rooftop Reds is a reservation-only rooftop wine bar in the Brooklyn Navy Yard with hammocks and cornhole.
The Rooftop At The Jane
The Rooftop at The Jane closes early for a bar (10 p.m., usually), but it’s a great low-key spot for outdoor drinks near the Meatpacking District.
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