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5 Best Rooftop Spots in The Theater District


BY: HILARY SHEINBAUM @mustloveicecream

It’s hot out there! Summer in NYC calls for rosé and a view of the concrete jungle from above. If you’re looking for a refresh before a Broadway show, these 5 drinking and dining spots in the Theater District are perfect for seeing one of Manhattan’s most luminous sights, Time Square, from a different perspective.

The Skylark

The Skylark

1. The Skylark200 W. 39th Street, 30th Floor

30 stories above the Theater District, The Skylark serves small plates ranging from charred edamame and shishito peppers to crispy cauliflower, buffalo chicken meatballs and more. There’s an elaborate wine and beer menu, as well as a cocktail list with all kinds of spirits, including tequila and gin — but the summer specialty is the venue’s “Rosé Your Way” menu, offering frosé with gummie and seasonal fruit toppings, frosécolada (rosé blended between two layers of frozen toasted coconut coladas) and frozen angels popsicles made with coconut rosé sangria.


2. Broadway Lounge & Terrace at New York Marriott Marquis: 1535 Broadway

With flatbreads, chicken wings, hummus bowls and pita, there’s plenty to eat at the Marriott’s Broadway Lounge & Terrace while enjoying a view of Times Square anytime between noon to midnight. On the eighth floor, this little-known outdoor space offers signature cocktails such as The Ball Drop (Grey Goose, Belleruche Rosé, blackberries and lime, muddled fresh) in addition to The Metropolitan (Absolut Citron, Chambord, pomegranate juice, fresh lemon juice) and other creative concoctions ranging from tequila to rum based beverages.


St. Cloud at the Knickerbocker

3. St. Cloud Rooftop at The Knickerbocker: 6 Times Square

On the 17th floor with indoor and outdoor seating, St. Cloud at The Knickerbocker hotel serves small sharable plates, like sliders, alongside a menu of craft bottled beers and cocktails. If you’re hungry after the show and looking for a late-night spot to satisfy a growling tummy, this rooftop bar with lush living greenery on the walls is open until 1 a.m. seven days a week.


Haven Rooftop

4. Haven Rooftop at the Sanctuary Hotel132 West 48th Street

While enjoying the view of the bustling streets below, enjoy Haven Rooftop’s prix fixe theater menu or order from a selection of crab cakes, Havenly Chicken, lobster rolls, salads and sliders a la carte. The drink menu is comprised of specialty sips like Star Sangria (malbec, Torres Orange, Torres Brandy, peach liqueur and fruit), the Haven Mojito (Bacardi, mint, ginger liqueur, ginger beer) and the Supernova (Makers Mark, blackberries, mint, vanilla bitters, lime juice), to name a few. Eating and drinking outside is a no-brainer during a nice day, but diners can also enjoy the sunshine and sky from enclosed areas on the rooftop.


Magic Hour. Photo: Warren Jagger.

5. Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge at Moxy Times Square: 485 7th Ave.

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge is a carnival-themed venue 18 floors high in the sky. The indoor and outdoor setting is a little scandalous with topiary animals posing in humorous, adult-inspired positions, perfect for a post-show giggle. One side of the rooftop deck faces the Empire State Building, while the other hosts a carousel-inspired seating area and a put-put golf course called “Fore Play.” Popcorn is readily available for snacking, but other edible bar items include french fries, tuna tartare, and chicken satay. The cocktail menu ranges from standard Palomas to drinks with lighthearted names such as WE WERE ON A BREAK! (Grey Goose Vodka, elderflower liqueur, cucumber juice) and LOW BATTERY (Bacardi Superior Rum, mandarin, mint, Red Bull Orange) to raise spirits after a weightier play.