NYC Buzz: Top Rooftop Bars for Winter

Summer is but a distant memory and most of the oh-so-trendy rooftop bars in the Northeast have closed up shop for the season. But, as New York City website Gothamist pointed out today, some are still open and available for top-tier evenings out. (Puns absolutely intended.)

So courtesy of Gothamist, here are six rooftop bars to explore this winter. We recommend wearing something woolen. And ordering hot toddies. 

Upstairs at the Kimberly

The Press Lounge, 653 11th Avenue,
This 11th Avenue perch overlooks the Manhattan skyline as well as the Hudson. For the winter, guests can stay warm under heat lamps or sitting by a fire pit; guests can also cuddle under wool blankets. To drink, have a sip of the 18th Amendment, a rye-based cocktail with cranberry puree, agave nectar, lemon juice and some heat from white pepper and ginger beer. Call 212-757-2224 for reservations. 

Haven Rooftop, 132 W. 47th Street
Last year, this Times Square rooftop turned into an Alpine Ski Lodge; this year, it's a "Moroccan Oasis," complete with palm trees and belly dancers. A special menu includes Seared Lamb Chops, Curry Shrimp and a Hummus Pizza, plus a Sahara Kingdom cocktail made with whiskey, fig and cassia. Call 212-466-9000 for reservations. 

Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow Street
This Lower East Side bar has a retractable roof to keep guests dry (and warm) in inclimate weather. We hearth space will be channeling London this winter, with special three-course "Improper English Roast" meals on Sundays to celebrate the hotel's expansion across the pond. Call 212-254-9100 for reservations.

Upstairs at the Kimberly, 145 E 50th Street
This venue also has a retractable roof, and we hear the glass doesn't block the views of the Chrysler building. Try the Chrysler cocktail, which combines champagne and cognac, honey and fresh citrus. Call 212-888-1220 for reservations.