Empire Hotel Rooftop

Bars, Lounges Upper West Side
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Empire Hotel Rooftop

This rooftop lounge, backed by restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, features 3,000 square feet of outdoor space and private chaise longue-equipped cabanas. Three separate terraces offer views of Lincoln Center and Central Park, and an appropriately sleek bar—constructed of stacked metal pipes—dispenses specialty cocktails like the Oran’gin the Mood (orange juice, Bombay Sapphire, Patrón Citrónge and club soda). There’s also a swimming pool on the upper level, but locals shouldn’t bother with the SPF: It’s open to hotel guests only.


Venue name: Empire Hotel Rooftop
Address: 44 W 63rd St
New York
Cross street: between Broadway and Columbus Ave
Opening hours: Daily 5pm–3am
Transport: Subway: 1 to 66th St–Lincoln Ctr
Price: Average drink: $14. AmEx, MC, V
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Justine T
2 of 2 found helpful

If your looking for a good time I highly recommend going to the Empire Hotel Rooftop.  Last Saturday me and a huge group of girls had the time of our lives.  Free VIP treatment, absolutely zero time wasted standing in line, and most importantly no cover.  We were given our own section which included bottle service all night. Seems to good to be true, I know!  If it wasn't for the promoter my friend got in contact with before hand our night would have been wasted on standing in long lines and waiting hours to get a single drink.  Make sure to get in contact with Indi Romero through the Joonbug website.  I guarantee you'll have an awesome night! 

2 of 2 found helpful

This is a terrible rooftop bar. $20 drinks in plastic glasses. Unoriginal club music from a laptop. Do yourself a favor and go anywhere else.

Maria M
1 of 1 found helpful

While this place has great views of the city, it's not the best rooftop bar in the city. It's usually hard to find seating on the rooftop during happy hour, and if you're with a large group you won't have a section unless you reserve it in advance. There's usually seating inside during happy hour, but it's much more fun to be on the rooftop! The happy hour deal is decent, but once happy hour ends expect to pay upwards of $15 for a small drink. At night, the bar is really fun if you have a table reserved. If you don't, there's not much of a seating area so expect to be standing most of the night.

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Having moved from the UWS about five years ago, I ventured back to show three of my girlfriends them my old neighborhood, as well as a lovely rooftop bar that I had been to before and had a wonderful time (albeit in 2011). So, we reserved a table, four girlfriends, early 40's (who, I might add look no older than 32, serious athletes and fashion minded girls) on a Saturday night. Why we didn't just turn on our heels and head out immediately, I don't know - maybe we thought, "It could only get better". So, here it goes.... We arrived, checked in with the host downstairs (even complimented his shoes), gave him our name, he called upstairs and said, "Party of four. Lastname. They are OLDER". Excuse me? Whatever, chalked it up to him just being an idiot. When we were brought upstairs, no offers to check out coats (did I mention this was bottle service??!!), and we were escourted to a cramped corner, in the back where we were seated next to folks who were just sipping on mixed drinks, clearly no bottles, etc. We were so incredibly disgusted, our champagne arrived, silly little sparkler (I've don't bottles before in Manhattan, LA and Vegas - by far this was the most pathetic presentation), then the girl overcharged us (some additiona fee on TOP of the $200 +20%) and we just high tailed it out of there - didn't even finish the bottle, and our server never once came back to see how we were doing or if we needed anything else. I suppose that "old" people (newsflash - 40 year olds are NOT old and usually come ready to spend) don't deserve good service, only insults. The crowd? Questionable. Definitely NOT what I recall from 2011. Just stay away. Head to a more upscale rooftop where service is the highlight, not insults and bad service.

Elena D

 Although the rooftop offers beautiful views, avoid this place! Service is horrible!!!! Management and personnel are very unprofessional, rude, and disrespectful. If you want to have a great evening and enjoy spending your money, go to a different rooftop! 

Miao P

I host & promote Empire Hotel and other 50+Venues in the city. Be part of my guest list or table reservation, text/call me 917-885-1667, Facebook: Miao Pan , mpan@live.com. I'll be glad help you =)

Joseph S

I was looking for a place to go out with some friends and was searching for a rooftop over the internet and came across this, The Empire Hotel Rooftop. I had seen Justine T's comment below about contacting a promoter, Indi Romero, I found him on facebook, private messaged him and he answered immediately! I was very skeptical at first but it actually worked, he was able to let us skip the line, no cover free, and even gave us a free bottle! We all had a blast that friday night and just wanted to say, find him on facebook, Indi Romero, or he gave us his contact info...indi@joonbug.com or 212-255-4223! Definitely worth a try!