These hotel and rooftop pools in NYC have it all figured out: the combination of two of New York's favorite things—swimming pools and rooftop bars—means an elevated summer oasis worth throwing down some cash for. The great dishes and drinks most of the pools serve make us just want to lounge all day long. While most rooftop pools in NYC require an expensive night stay or high membership fees, these offer reasonably priced passes for a day of perfect, sunny bliss. We promise that this is one of our highlights of things to do in the summer.
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This hotel pool setup resembles a Hamptons oasis, which is complete with sand imported from the popular vacation spot as well as private cabanas with flat screen TV's. Relax in the lounge while sipping a 10lb moscow mule—yes, you read that right—before floating on an inflatable unicorn provided by FUNBOY. Day passes for what is bound to be the new hot spot in Chelsea start at $65 and you can rent a cabana for $1,500. Did we mention this is the largest pool in NYC? (It’s 4,800-sqare-feet!)
Good news for those who enjoy swimming, drinking and getting a tan in a luxurious setting: William Vale opened its massive, 60-foot pool to the public this summer. You don't have to shell out the big bucks as a guest to experience the Williamsburg pool amenities: check out the picturesque setting for yourself by reserving an affordable day-pass! On weekends, snag a lounge chair for $45 a day.
While not normally open to non-guests, the no-cover weekend afternoon Jimmy Pool Party (starts at 3pm) really abides by the mantra, “the more the merrier.” While you won’t have any room for swimming laps, you’ll have amazing views of downtown, the Hudson River and Midtown while you sway in the water to the tunes from the nearby DJ and sip on a frozen cocktail from their extensive menu.
The pool area atop this 10-floor boutique hotel in Chelsea opens to non-guests for the price of a $40 day pass. Cool off in the water or relax on one of the comfy daybeds by the pool, where you’ll have expansive views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. At the nearby grill, dishes such as tuna tostada ($15) and market fish tacos will make having to wait 30 minutes to swim well worth the wait, while the drink list, which includes La Flaca ($17)—a frozen margarita with jalapeño-infused Dobel Tequila—should quench your thirst.
While the priciest option on this list ($150 for a day pass), the experience is truly “Treat Yo' Self” worthy. Your pass means you get access to the gravity fitness center, where you can build up a sweat before hitting the deck. There the floor to ceiling windows allow for stunning views of Central Park, while the outdoor sundeck makes for comfortable tanning far away from the crowded public green space stories below your nose.
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Tucked into an unassuming storefront in Midtown East, this Japanese spot allows diners to build their own bowls of steaming ramen. Choose a type of ramen—classic ($12.50), spicy ($13.50), vegan ($14.50), rich miso ($14.50) or dipping-style ($14.50)—then pick one of the four varieties of noodles, roasted pork or chicken and any extra toppings. Hinata uses organic chicken broth, never adds MSG and makes all their own noodles, including vegan and gluten-free options. If you’re not in the mood for hot soup, try one of the restaurant’s other offerings, like pork gyoza (five for $7, 10 for $13), octopus carpaccio ($9), fried chicken ($7) or salmon sashimi and roe over rice ($8). To drink, choose from a wide variety of sakes ranging in flavor from fruity to dry ($57–$70 per bottle), or sip a Sapporo or glass of plum wine (both $6).
Venue says: “We are serving summer cold ramens! Also, from Thu-Sat, We will be open till 4AM! come get your late night ramen!”