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Rare View

Bars, Lounges Midtown East
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Rare View
Rare View

Unparalleled views of the Chrysler and Empire State buildings make the bar on the rooftop of the Shelbourne Hotel a revelation to boarders and visitors alike. Lounge beds and ample seating guarantee comfortable sightseeing; strings of lights decorate the foliage. Drinks, however, come at a cost ($9 for beer, $10 for standard mixed drinks) and are served in plastic cups—half price every day from 3:30 to 5:30pm. Wednesday and Thursday evenings bring DJs and dancing.


Venue name: Rare View
Address: 303 Lexington Ave
16th floor
New York
Cross street: at 37th St
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 3:30–11pm
Transport: Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central
Price: Average drink: $12. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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3.5 / 5

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Fun and spacious rooftop. The only thing that we didn't like was that there wasn't much for food options. They only had a chips and guacamole option or chichurrones as a snack for food. But you really come here for the rooftop and atmosphere - great views of the Empire State Building and being outside on a nice summer day having a nice cocktail was refreshing. My particular occasion on a Thursday night, they were hosting a private event so they kicked our party out promptly at 6:30. 

This is how rooftops should be. Friendly bouncers greeting you when you first arrive. Taking the elevator up 16 floors you are in a nice spot to enjoy some drinks. You are not in the highest spot in Manhattan but you have a nice view of Empire state building and the Chrysler building. My wife and I were able to grab a small table with comfy seats to enjoy our drinks. No drama, no fuss, great way to take in the city night.