The Crown is the type of place where you might see someone walk in dressed in a full puffy NASA spacesuit (which is something we've actually witnessed). Pretty much anything goes at this rooftop bar on the 21st floor of the Hotel 50 Bowery in Chinatown. This spot has two outdoor areas with a huge indoor space in between where you and a few friends can dance while a DJ spins some Southern hip hop. But, despite all the room, it can still get packed here. Cocktails are $18, and if you bring your pseudo-celebrity friend who constantly wants to seem important, you might be able to convince them to order bottle service, which starts at $500. The next time you want to be outside with 360-degree views of Manhattan while wearing that outfit you'd put on for the Met Gala (or whatever you feel comfortable in), head to The Crown.
photo credit: Kenny Yang