When you think of summertime in the city, rooftops come to mind. Unfortunately, dining al fresco and having a view doesn’t always mean great food. We’ve rounded up the best rooftops in NYC to brunch this summer with your squad.
Broken Shaker at The Freehand
Broken Shaker is one of our go-tos in Miami, so the Bitches were naturally pumped as soon as we heard the tropical oasis launched brunch in May. The space is oh-so-cute and serves up delicious cocktails. We highly recommend checking out everything else the Freehand has to offer. Brunch at Simon & the Whale and Studio at the Freehand are also Bitch-approved. Our review of Broken Shaker is forthcoming.
The Freehand, 23 Lexington Ave, New York, NY (212) 475-1920
The colorful rooftop boasts a lively brunch scene with strong drinks and solid food. The Bitches give it Four Champagne Flutes for summer brunching. Try a Don Julio Skull Margarita, served in a festive Skull Mug. The unique variations of Guacamole are also a must. Read the review here.
Gallow Green is a lush garden located atop McKittrick Hotel. The rooftop garden has sweeping views of the city. The brunch buffet is not to be missed, and the pastries are an excellent option for those craving some carbs. For a $50 fixed price, diners can eat and drink to their hearts’ delight, from fruits and salads to carving stations and made-to-order omelets, while listening to a live set. Read our review of Gallow Green’s brunch here.
Gallow Green, 542 W.27th Street New York, NY, (212)-564-1662
If a lively, rooftop brunch is more your style, head on over to Hotel Chantelle in the Lower East Side, where your meal comes with a side of live music. The food at Hotel Chantelle is inventive and French-inspired, and some of our favorites include the stuffed French toast and the breakfast pizza, which is topped with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, chopped chives, and more spicy ketchup. Read our review of brunch at Hotel Chantelle here.
Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow St, New York, NY (212) 254-9100
Magic Hour is the perfect place to bring a friend from out of town or celebrate a special occasion over brunch. This amusement park themed restaurant and bar comes jam-packed with themed decor, a gigantic carousel table, and even its own cheeky miniature golf course. Enjoy a fun brunch with the sun shining sky behind the Empire State Building view. Everything is over the top, the views are insane, and we wouldn’t have it any other way in NYC. Read about our magical experience here.
RH Rooftop (Restoration Hardware)
The home furnishings retailer turned experiential and dining destination follows footstep from the LA and Chicago locations. RH is nestled in the chic Meatpacking District. To get to the restaurant itself you have to make your way through the store lobby to a glass elevator. On your ascent, you’ll see three more floors of their trademark beautiful home furniture displays, flashing by like a dreamscape. Each table is adorned with a stunning crystal chandelier. After a glamorous brunch filled with standard American fare, step out to the wine terrace for some day-time imbibing with views of One World Trade. Read about our experience here.
Sunday in Brooklyn
Although the name may sway you otherwise, Sunday in Brooklyn is actually a great brunch option any day of the week. This cute two-story restaurant is serving up incredible Bloody Mary’s and pancakes, but they’re doing so sustainably by also making it their mission to eliminate waste. You’ll feel good about dining here, and no that’s not just the brunch cocktails talking. Read the review here.