This Summer’s Best Rooftops in NYC and LA

Summer is in full swing, and despite the fact that New York’s winter is way harsher than LA’s, we can all agree on one thing: this is the best time of year for rooftops. From fabulous views to refreshing cocktails, there’s nothing quite like dining and drinking on a sky-high terrace. Not to mention the super chic spots that have opened up in both cities. From Brooklyn to the Hollywood Hills, check these rooftops off your list before the summer ends.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn
One word: views. Yes, every rooftop has them, but the top of the Dumbo waterfront hotel boasts some of the most breathtaking sights of the Manhattan skyline we’ve seen. Once you get your Instagram photo, be sure to indulge in the custom cocktails and delicious bites (mini lobster rolls are the MVP). This stunning venue is the latest from restaurateur Matt Abramcyk, so it’s no surprise it’s one of the summer’s hottest spots.

The Heights at Arlo NoMad, NYC
The Heights at Arlo NoMad takes the whole views thing a step further. The terrace of this chic rooftop features a glass bottom section--not for the faint of heart or heights. Explore the snacks and cocktail list while taking in a unique view of the nearby Empire State Building.

Catch LA
The lush West Hollywood hotspot is an instant favorite. High expectations are always met with amazing dishes and equally fresh cocktails. Dine, drink and enjoy views of downtown LA and the Hollywood Hills (and maybe a celeb or two).

Westlight at William Vale Hotel, Brooklyn
Westlight at the William Vale Hotel is one of Brooklyn’s best rooftop destinations. The cocktail bar, with its panoramic skyline views, features a terrace and a glassed-in lounge. It’s Williamsburg’s top summer spot for cocktails and bites any time of day.

Filifera Lounge at Hollywood Proper Residences, LA
Up on the 22nd floor of Hollywood Proper Residences, Filifera Lounge is perfect for both day and night. Aside from expertly crafted cocktails and sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills, this rooftop will host live music, film screenings and unique culinary experiences. Designed by Kelly Wearstler, it’s a stunning spot whether you’re inside or out.

The Roof at PUBLIC, NYC
Ian Schrager’s PUBLIC wouldn’t be complete without a rooftop as posh as the hotel itself. The Roof is the perfect place for sunset cocktails as well as a late night out. Expect communal tables, lounge areas and 360-degree views of the city. Check out the Lower East Side terrace before the temps drop.

Six Stunning Private Dining Rooms in NYC

Some occasions merit more than just a regular reservation. For those special events, nothing feels quite as celebratory as a private dining room. From intimate dinner tables and elegant basement brunches to 300-person, full space buyouts, these NYC restaurants have many options to offer. Complete with menus curated by a variety of the city’s top-tier chefs, these private dining rooms provide unforgettable experiences for both hosts and their guests.

La Pecora Bianca

Restaurateur Mark Barak’s (Claudette) latest spot, La Pecora Bianca offers guests vibrant Italian cuisine--for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner--in a casual yet elegant atmosphere. Host up to 22 guests in the newly-renovated Havana Room, an intimate private dining space inspired by the building’s history as the Havana Tobacco Company showroom.

The Gordon Bar
The perfect place for hosting a dinner party that feels like you’re at home, without any of the associated duties. Choose from various options including seated dining as well as partial buyouts in the ultra-modern space. It’s a cozy spot for all size parties.

The Beekman Hotel
From intimate meals to full-out fetes, the newly opened Beekman Hotel gives hosts a variety of choices--including a cellar-level reception room. Plus, all menus are customized by chef Tom Colicchio. The options are seemingly endless, as the customizable meal options range from plated dinners to buffets.


Head to the East Village for a unique dining experience at Marco Canora's Hearth. Whether you opt for the semi-private dining room or the full restaurant buyout, the meal will likely steal the spotlight. Take your pick from multi-course menus, family-style pig roasts and red sauce suppers to fried chicken feasts and lobster bakes.

SC Culinary Suite

Find Scott Conant's SC Culinary Suite in the heart of SoHo. The multi-faceted space (it serves as a private events space, production studio, test kitchen and corporate HQ) is outfitted in earthy elements of reclaimed wood with sleek touches of stainless steel. From dinner parties to cocktail receptions, the chic space can accommodate 36 seated or 65 standing guests.

Les Salons Bernardin
Les Salons Bernardin is a lovely choice for a celebrating a special event. Enclosed in etched glass, the room can be subdivided to accommodate your party. Hosts will love the signature understated luxury of the main dining room, not to mention the menus carefully created by chef Eric Ripert and his team.

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