6 Brooklyn Rooftops to Hit Up Before Summer Ends

by Christina Garofalo

6 Brooklyn Rooftops to Hit Up Before Summer Ends

by Christina Garofalo

It’s no secret that best Manhattan views are found in Brooklyn, where an evolving waterfront and hospitality scene show no sign of stopping. Here are six of the borough's best rooftop bars for a drink, a bite, and views from Lady Liberty to the Empire State Building.

It’s no secret that best Manhattan views are found in Brooklyn, where an evolving waterfront and hospitality scene show no sign of stopping. Here are six of the borough's best rooftop bars for a drink, a bite, and views from Lady Liberty to the Empire State Building.

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Summerly at The Hoxton Hotel / Photo courtesy of the property
Lemon's at the Wythe Hotel
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Lemon’s

Swap the Mediterranean for Manhattan, and you have the new rooftop bar at the Wythe. Inspired by the Italian seaside, the aperitivo-style menu includes yellow squash with Calabrian chili, grilled calamari, and raw oysters alongside light cocktails like the Tiny Dancer (Hendricks gin, strawberry, Cocchi rosa, Chareau, and lime). Boozy cantaloupe popsicles are a fun touch for hot days.

Swap the Mediterranean for Manhattan, and you have the new rooftop bar at the Wythe. Inspired by the Italian seaside, the aperitivo-style menu includes yellow squash with Calabrian chili, grilled calamari, and raw oysters alongside light cocktails like the Tiny Dancer (Hendricks gin, strawberry, Cocchi rosa, Chareau, and lime). Boozy cantaloupe popsicles are a fun touch for hot days.

Lemon's at the Wythe Hotel
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Lemon's

What we love: The fresh layout and look. Planters with large trees and tall grass separate the terrace into intimate nooks, with striped couches and retro chairs. Colorful vintage-style umbrellas and strings of fairy lights create a cheerful party vibe, and a 40-foot retractable awning covers the entire space should the weather turn.

What we love: The fresh layout and look. Planters with large trees and tall grass separate the terrace into intimate nooks, with striped couches and retro chairs. Colorful vintage-style umbrellas and strings of fairy lights create a cheerful party vibe, and a 40-foot retractable awning covers the entire space should the weather turn.

Harriet's Rooftop & Lounge
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Harriet's Lounge

While the 1 Hotel’s open-air rooftop has a (guests-only) pool, we prefer the more low-key lounge on the tenth floor. Here, there's no bar minimum (vs. $50 to $100 per person upstairs) and open windows provide the same killer views and breeze rain or shine. Order the Medicina Agrio (Mezcal, honey, ginger, lime, and egg white) and bacon-wrapped dates, which pair perfectly with the eclectic music spun the DJ.

While the 1 Hotel’s open-air rooftop has a (guests-only) pool, we prefer the more low-key lounge on the tenth floor. Here, there's no bar minimum (vs. $50 to $100 per person upstairs) and open windows provide the same killer views and breeze rain or shine. Order the Medicina Agrio (Mezcal, honey, ginger, lime, and egg white) and bacon-wrapped dates, which pair perfectly with the eclectic music spun the DJ.

Harriet's Rooftop & Lounge
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Harriet's Lounge

What we love: The view. While all the bars have great views, Harriet’s is arguably the best: Set above Brooklyn Bridge Park, you can see as far as Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty to the south, past the Freedom Tower and Brooklyn Bridge — where you’ll see people picnicking and taking wedding photos — to the Empire State and Chrysler buildings facing north.

What we love: The view. While all the bars have great views, Harriet’s is arguably the best: Set above Brooklyn Bridge Park, you can see as far as Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty to the south, past the Freedom Tower and Brooklyn Bridge — where you’ll see people picnicking and taking wedding photos — to the Empire State and Chrysler buildings facing north.

Westlight at The William Vale
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Westlight

From the 22nd floor, Westlight at Williamsburg’s William Vale offers the highest vantage point on the list — with 360-degree views and binoculars around the deck for close-ups. Come for a spectacular sunset behind the Empire State Building; stay for Andrew Carmellini’s burger with gouda, mushrooms, and onion jam. Upstairs, a laid-back lawn scattered with beanbag chairs caters to a younger crowd.

From the 22nd floor, Westlight at Williamsburg’s William Vale offers the highest vantage point on the list — with 360-degree views and binoculars around the deck for close-ups. Come for a spectacular sunset behind the Empire State Building; stay for Andrew Carmellini’s burger with gouda, mushrooms, and onion jam. Upstairs, a laid-back lawn scattered with beanbag chairs caters to a younger crowd.

Westlight at The William Vale
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Westlight

What we love: The cocktail menu. Each drink is inspired by local history. The accompanying anecdotes and illustrations are a creative way to engage tourists in their surroundings. Our favorite was the Sunset Park, a twist on a spicy margarita (with watermelon, cucumber, lime, and tajin), which combines flavors from the South Brooklyn neighborhood it’s named after.

What we love: The cocktail menu. Each drink is inspired by local history. The accompanying anecdotes and illustrations are a creative way to engage tourists in their surroundings. Our favorite was the Sunset Park, a twist on a spicy margarita (with watermelon, cucumber, lime, and tajin), which combines flavors from the South Brooklyn neighborhood it’s named after.

The Ledge
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The Ledge

Seventies-SoCal-meets-Barbie at this new Bushwick rooftop. The all-pink 10-seat bar (including pink-tile walls, pink lamps, and pink flowers) opens to a large, plant-lined patio with a retractable roof. Like its sister restaurant, the menu is Mediterranean (think burrata with pesto and smoked whitefish) and the cocktails refreshing. Try the Temple God, which is made with tequila, grapefruit, and mole bitters.

Seventies-SoCal-meets-Barbie at this new Bushwick rooftop. The all-pink 10-seat bar (including pink-tile walls, pink lamps, and pink flowers) opens to a large, plant-lined patio with a retractable roof. Like its sister restaurant, the menu is Mediterranean (think burrata with pesto and smoked whitefish) and the cocktails refreshing. Try the Temple God, which is made with tequila, grapefruit, and mole bitters.

The Ledge
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The Ledge

What we love: The locals-only location. Set on a quiet residential block in Bushwick, the Ledge is far removed from Williamsburg’s tourist-trodden hotel scene. The rooftop looks out over the borough’s industrial landscape, with Manhattan’s glittering skyscrapers on the distant horizon. This quiet, trendy oasis likely won’t stay that way for long.

What we love: The locals-only location. Set on a quiet residential block in Bushwick, the Ledge is far removed from Williamsburg’s tourist-trodden hotel scene. The rooftop looks out over the borough’s industrial landscape, with Manhattan’s glittering skyscrapers on the distant horizon. This quiet, trendy oasis likely won’t stay that way for long.

Summerly at The Hoxton Hotel
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Summerly

The rooftop bar at Williamsburg’s artsy Hoxton Hotel officially opened this summer. The bar has a fresh, millennial aesthetic: floral stools, a marble bar-top, string lights, and pastel accents. The breezy cocktails, like the Watermelon Collins (vodka, watermelon, lime, and mint), and biodynamic rosés make a perfect complement to the panoramic views across the East River.

The rooftop bar at Williamsburg’s artsy Hoxton Hotel officially opened this summer. The bar has a fresh, millennial aesthetic: floral barstools, a marble bar-top, string lights, and pastel accents. The breezy cocktails, like the Watermelon Collins (vodka, watermelon, lime, and mint), and biodynamic rosés make a perfect complement to the panoramic views across the East River.

summerly-3.jpg
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Summerly

What we love: The food. As the brainchild of Brooklyn veterans Jud Mongell (Five Leaves) and Zeb Stewart (Café Colette and Union Pool), the dishes here deliver. The New England coastal concept translates to lobster rolls, white clam pizza, and a standout fried calamari, made with fried banana pepper and lemon aioli. On Sundays, head over for the New England-style clam bakes.

What we love: The food. As the brainchild of Brooklyn veterans Jud Mongell (Five Leaves) and Zeb Stewart (Cafe Colette and Union Pool), the dining here delivers. The New England coastal concept translates to lobster rolls, white clam pizza, and a standout fried calamari, made with fried banana pepper and lemon aioli. On Sundays, head over for the New England-style clam bakes.

Pool Bar at The Williamsburg Hotel
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The Williamsburg Hotel

Grab a glass of coconut frosé and dive in — the pool at this sceney rooftop bar is made for the ‘gram. While there, peek inside the Water Tower, the exclusive new cocktail bar above the roof complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, colorful murals, and velvet couches. Pro tip: On hot days, a line forms before noon; arrive after the rush (around 3 p.m.) and skip the food (it’s overpriced and under-delivers).

 

Grab a glass of coconut frosé and dive in — the pool at this sceney rooftop bar is made for the ‘gram. While there, peek inside the Water Tower, the exclusive new cocktail bar above the roof, with floor-to-ceiling windows, colorful murals, and velvet couches. Pro tip: On hot days, a line forms before noon; arrive after the rush (around 3 p.m.) and skip the food (it’s overpriced and under-delivers).

 

Pool Bar at The Williamsburg Hotel
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The Williamsburg Hotel

What we love: The pool. Typically, a pool in New York — let alone at a hip hotel in Williamsburg — is synonymous with crowds and dollar signs. However, the Williamsburg’s pool does not require reservations or a day pass. For a deal, just come “for drinks.” There’s a $100 tab minimum to nab a lounge chair, but we easily grabbed a table in the shade which required no minimum.

What we love: The pool. Typically, a pool in New York — let alone at a hip hotel in Williamsburg — is synonymous with crowds and dollar signs. However, the Williamsburg’s pool does not require reservations or a day pass. For a deal, just come “for drinks.” There’s a $100 tab minimum to nab a lounge chair, but we easily grabbed a table in the shade which required no minimum.

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