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Best rooftop bar: VICEROY Hotel

The Roof at the Viceroy Hotel
The Roof at the Viceroy Hotel

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James Taylor was absolutely right when he sang, “Let's go up on the roof where the air is fresh and sweet” – and the newest, best place to do just that is the rooftop bar at the Viceroy Hotel, located on scenic West 57th St.

If you’ve been to any of the many Viceroy Hotels, you know what to expect – high-end, classy surroundings yielding a memorable experience. The NYC location follows in its predecessors’ footprints providing custom cocktails and a perch from which the city dazzles!

Take the express elevator up to the top floor and step into paradise – you can choose either indoor or outdoor seating and revel in the glorious view of the glass-faced Billionaires’ Building, Essex House, and of course, Central Park. The “postcard come alive” experience has patrons compulsively taking and emailing pictures with their phones.

Choose a custom cocktail from the many on the menu which are categorized as “classic” or “house”. Classic favorites include such “worldly” options as Moscow Mule (Stolichnaya vodka + fresh lime juice + ginger beer) and the Chicago Martini with its blue cheese stuffed olives. House choices are tempting and daring with monikers like Monkey Business (monkey shoulder scotch + aperol + cointreau + fresh lemon juice), Without Fear (Jameson black barrel whiskey + apricot liqueur + fresh lemon + Angostura bitters), and Trouble Maker (Belvedere vodka + bonal + strawberry + cucumber soda).

Albeit limited, the bar menu offers a few must-tastes. Kelly our server, recommended the Crispy Artichokes and she was right! The flavor is palate-pleasing in a most unexpected way. Crab Toast is a welcome new addition to the usual bar fare and the Housemade Kettle chips pair well with the oversized pretzels available on each table.

When the sun sets, the rooftop servers offer blankets to those chilly patrons who just can’t get enough of the view!

If you’re hungering for more to eat, try Kingside, the hotel’s streetside restaurant. Chef Marc Murphy melds French and Italian cuisines – and along with Chef Steve Eakins - produces an assortment of unique options for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, and delivery.

As James Taylor crooned, “Get far away from the hustling crowd and all the rat-race noise down in the street…You got the stars above and the city lights below, let's go up on the roof.”

Viceroy Hotel

120 West 57th Street

Between 7th and 6th Avenues


Rooftop hours: M-F: 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. / Sat. & Sun. 12 noon to 4:00 a.m.

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