New York can be experienced in many ways, but one that is definitely nice is to see New York from higher altitudes with a drink in your hand.

Here is a list of New York’s best roof top bars.

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Impressive views of the Hudson River, New Jersey and Midtown’s mighty skyscrapers. Comfortable sofas and chairs to admire the view from.
653 11th Avenue 48 Street West

230 Fifth
Open year around with spectacular view of the Empire State Building, Chrysler and the Statue of Liberty. It has room for 600 guests and is more reminiscent of a beach with its palm trees and white striped umbrellas. 230 Fifth has its own landscaped garden on the roof so the mint leaf in your mojito is guaranteed fresh.

Top of the Strand
From Top of the Strand you get a spectacular view towards south of the Empire State Building, which is just three blocks away. The rooftop bar has a glass roof so you can hang out here even if it rains.
Strand Hotel, 22 West 37 street

The Empire Hotel
At the height of the Empire Hotel famous neon sign on the 12th floor is their rooftop bar that’s open year round. Here we are treated to the great views of Lincoln Center, Broadway and Columbus Avenue.
44 West 63rd Street, Upper West Side

Hotel Gansevoort
Their roof top bar have a nice lounge feeling and cool views of The Standard Hotel and the roof tops of the Meatpacking area. The hotel is ideally located in the Meatpacking with a roof top pool that shimmers in different colors and has underwater music. The pool is only for guests so you are better off if you check-in and can use it on hot summer days.
18th 9 Avenue
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Roof Garden Cafe
You get the best view of Central Park and all the grand houses around it from the roof at The Metropolitan Museum. Open during the summer months.
1000 5th Avenue