In a city as crowded as New York, space is at a premium. Property owners are always looking for ways to use every square inch of their real estate. Rooftops are re-purposed into bars, restaurants, clubs, campgrounds, yoga studios, gardens, urban farms, and even pop-up movie theaters! So it’s no surprise that there are some gorgeous event venues as well. Here is a list of some of the best rooftops in NYC — and they’re all available to rent on Peerspace!
1. This amazing rooftop in the heart of Chelsea
This rooftop patio is a brilliant example of old-meets-new: a modern, relaxing space in the middle of the Chelsea Historic District. This 4,700 square foot patio provides plush lounge chairs, an 80” television, and a long bar with a built-in waterfall.
There is space here for 50, but it’s broken up into smaller vignettes by lots of beautiful landscaping. The surrounding neighborhood is home to over 200 art galleries, the famous Chelsea Market, and the High Line — an elevated garden and walking path built over an unused section of the New York Central Railway.
If you’re looking for a view, you’ve come to the right place; from your seat on the patio, you’ll be able to see the Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center, and the Empire State Building.
2. This private penthouse roof garden
When you think of the best rooftops in NYC, you probably think of panoramic views and the bright lights of the city. But this sweet little rooftop garden, with its abundant flowers and greenery, proves that even a small, intimate space can stand out.
Although it only accommodates 15 people, this deck still squeezes in both a lounging area and a dining nook tucked into the fully landscaped surroundings. The space includes the use of serving dishes, glassware, and candles, so it’s perfect for a small dinner party. And since it’s located in lower Manhattan, you can still catch a glimpse of the Empire State Building.
This is an ideal spot for a romantic photoshoot, anniversary dinner, proposal, or any small celebration. The rental includes the indoor space as well, but let’s be honest — with a rooftop this charming, you’re not going to want to go inside.
3. This killer Times Square rooftop/production space
The versatility of this 150-person production space in Midtown is truly impressive. Inside, you’ll find a modern kitchen and bar, plus A/V equipment like an HD Projector, PA system, and audio outputs so you can record speeches or lectures. Huge walls of windows let in tons of natural light.
Outside, a large terrace wraps around three sides of the building, with lounge furniture, picnic tables, and umbrellas, plus a view of Times Square. The central location near Bryant Park and the Theater District means there are plenty of subway stops nearby. And if you need to bring in lots of equipment, there’s also a freight elevator to make the job easier.
This space would be ideal for a conference, a large team meeting — maybe even a small trade show! Keep in mind that this venue is available during evenings and weekends only.
4. “The best rooftop in New York City”
The host says this is the best rooftop in NYC.. and for photography, he may be right. There are actually 5 rooftops here covering 4,000 square feet, with jaw-dropping panoramic views of the skyline. From here, it looks like you’re floating above the largest city in America.
The rental also includes a studio that can be used as a staging area, or for further photography. It includes a full bathroom with shower, makeup table, and AC for cooling off between shoots.
This popular photography location can be used for fashion shoots, architectural photography, and even some very dramatic wedding or engagement photos.
5. This FiDi rooftop
Wood, metal, and glass come together to provide a warm and cozy rooftop in lower Manhattan. While the space is partially enclosed, there are still impressive sightlines, meaning you get gorgeous views without feeling like you’re on display.
This 2,500 sq. ft. upscale casual deck has room for 75 people. It’s ideal for a cocktail reception or cookout on the two large gas grills. Lounge chairs and dining tables with umbrellas will ensure that your guests can relax in comfort.
This venue is located atop a residential apartment building, so keep in mind that events must be concluded by 9 pm.
6. This glamorous Parisian penthouse rooftop
If you’re looking for old New York glamour for you and 350 of your closest friends, look no further! This charming bar near Bryant Park is home to one of the best rooftops in NYC.
Located 25 stories above Times Square, the Art Deco indoor bar would be right at home in the 1930s. Soft pink and blue velvet furniture line the room. Gold accents, like the massive chandelier, glisten in the natural light streaming down from the huge windows overhead.
Outside, the large terrace wraps around the building, with long plush benches and plenty of greenery, plus a truly awe-inspiring view. While the inside bar provides a nod to the past, the outside is a thoroughly modern place to take in the ever-changing skyline.
7. This unique rooftop bar
Featuring small bistro tables and a classic black and white awning, this 430 sq. ft. roof deck is reminiscent of a small French sidewalk cafe.
Meeting rooms are also available in the building below, making this a great location for a conference, followed by socializing. A projector and bar are available, as well as a tent in the event of bad weather.
Just across the street from the Empire State Building, this NoMad District location is close to Madison Square Park, trendy bars and nightclubs, and boutique retail shops. And of course, there is plenty of public transportation in easy reach.