On a beautiful summer night, there is nothing better than gathering with a few friends and heading for a drink or two especially when that drink overlooks New York City from one of it's many rooftop bars. With heaps of choices around the city, we decided to try 230 Fifth which has close views of the Empire State Building. It has a penthouse lounge and rooftop bar which is open year round.
After standing in line for about 20 minutes, we were looked over by the bouncer (dress code enforced) and pointed in the direction of the elevator. One good thing about this bar is there is no cover charge. You enter into the lounge area with huge windows and ceiling to floor views of the buildings around you. Be careful where you choose to sit, some of the seating is for bottle tables only which will run you $250. Head up the stairs and outside to the rooftop bar area where you can find great views of the city along with enough palm trees to make you feel like you are somewhere in Florida. The music is blaring, the place is packed and the drinks are... well... expensive. This is NYC, what else do you expect? (Location is everything right? That should explain the $12 vodka cranberry?) We even found a table to sit at that didn't have a bottle and price tag attached.
Is this the best rooftop bar in the city? Probably not, but it was an enjoyable night and I would highly suggest checking it out if you are in the city and at a loss for where to go.
Having friends come to visit gives us all a good excuse to try places we haven't been before. Sad that we only have a few more months enjoying New York City!