When it comes to the crowded rooftop bars of NYC in the summer, one of the most annoying things to encounter is a lack of seats. Standing in a jam-packed bar anywhere can be rough, but doing it in in a confined space multiple floors up with the sun beating down could possibly be considered a form of torture. So it’s always nice when a spacious new rooftop opens that offers both impressive views, and a place to sit down when you’re tired of looking at them.
RFTP, the expansive bar and lounge on top of the Pod Brooklyn hotel, thankfully does just that with a long L-shaped covered bar that sits 20 as well as multiple banquettes lining the perimeter. In addition to a full bar, a frosé machine provides a welcome summer twist on the classic cocktail and there's Modelo on tap.
Meanwhile, highlights of the small plates menu include the RFTP “Vegetable Garden” with raw seasonal vegetables like radish, baby carrot and Romanesco broccoli served on a bed of soil-like quinoa and a creamy artichoke dip presented with seared fontina and pita chips.
If you can snag a spot, tables on the west side of the roof provide the best views.