Mr. Purple is the restaurant/bar on top of Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side. They do lunch, brunch, and dinner, and there are two terraces where you can sit outside. There’s also a little pool. You probably aren’t going to swim in it, but it’s nice to know that you could. This place isn’t as cheesy as a lot of the rooftop bars you see out there, but it does get crowded. So, unless you come early, you might have some trouble at the door.
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Good Thanks is an Australian coffee shop on the Lower East Side where you can get breakfast all day.
For barbecue on the Lower East Side, go to Randall’s. It’s counter-service, there’s a full bar, and they make some good sandwiches on bialys.
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The rooftop bar at the Public Hotel on the LES has a great view and a big outdoor patio. You just might have to wait in line to get in here.
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Grill Café At The Standard
The Grill Café is a casual, all-day American spot in the Standard Hotel in Meatpacking with outdoor seating that’s ideal for people watching.
The Wheelhouse is a casual neighborhood spot where Bushwick people drink beer and eat variations of grilled cheese sandwiches.
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Westlight is the cocktail bar and restaurant on top of the William Vale hotel in Williamsburg.
Rooftop Reds is a reservation-only rooftop wine bar in the Brooklyn Navy Yard with hammocks and cornhole.
A.R.T. is the rooftop bar at the Arlo Nomad, and it’s pretty low-key for how nice the views are. Stop by for a drink before a show at MSG.
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