5 Queens Rooftop Bars Not to Miss
The waning days of summer were made for rooftop bars. Sultry days give way to mild nights that beckon to be enjoyed outside. Whether you’re indulging in brunch, sipping a beer after work or looking for a place to listen to music on a Saturday night, Queens rooftop bars offer stunning views of New York City that pair well with delicious drinks, classic warm-weather fare and summer’s laid-back atmosphere. Savor the season. Here are five rooftop bars you don’t want to miss.
Penthouse 808’s gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline and Queensboro Bridge will transport you from the busy streets of New York City to a sweet escape. While the rooftop bar at the Ravel Hotel in Long Island City is open year-round, it’s during the warmer months that Penthouse 808 takes on a unique magical quality. The awnings retract, sun sparkles down on the plush cabanas lined up on the deck and it’s impossible to do anything but enjoy the moment.
The kitchen under the direction of Executive Chef Seth Levine is a marriage between Japanese and Pacific Rim cuisine. Expect raw seafood ingredients to be used to create mouthwatering, fresh plays on classic summer dishes, such as tuna poke, with fresh ginger, sesame oil, soy, lemongrass, micro shiso, nori and radish; lobster salsa, of Maine lobster, mango, tomato, onion, cilantro and jalapeño, served with crisp shrimp chips; and matcha green tea avocado pureé. The cocktail, beer and wine list complements the food. For something with a bit of spice opt for the Grave Mistake, where silver and dark spiced rums combine with strawberry, falernum and orange, or take your pick of the punches served in a large tiki head for groups of three or more. Sunday brunch at Penthouse 808 will chase away any Sunday scaries.
8-08 Queens Plaza S, Long Island City; 718.289.6118 or penthouse808rooftop.com
BOURBON STREET RESTAURANT
Jazz music, po’ boys, Hurricane cocktails—gather your squad for a trip to the Big Easy—er, Bayside. Bourbon Street on Bell Boulevard, right next to the LIRR and also accessible by local bus, takes its design and cuisine cues from New Orleans.
There’s an open-air front that is perfect for summer and the first floor offers both a large bar and dining area, but on a nice night it’s the rooftop that you don’t want to miss. Seating options include couches, high tables and standard dinner tables. The drink list ranges from Hurricanes to sangrias to a selection of beers and wines. A menu of seafood platters, artisanal pizza and more (meant for sharing) make Bourbon Street perfect for happy hour, drinks or even a leisurely lunch. Hanging lights and live music complete the fun atmosphere.
In its second season, the rooftop is first come, first served so get there early to ensure a good spot. Depending on the weather the rooftop stays open with a heated tent through December. Let the good times roll.
40-12 Bell Blvd, Bayside; 718.224.2200 or bourbonstreetny.com
Sometimes you want to get dressed to the nines and sip a fancy cocktail and other times you want to stay in your workout clothes and have a beer. At Z Roof at Z Hotel in Long Island City you can do either. Open through late September toor early October, depending on the weather, the rooftop bar offers yoga classes some days, a party-like atmosphere on others and even a Sunday brunch. Don't miss the live DJs on Friday and Saturday nights.
Towering over Queens with 5,000 square feet of space, Z Roof boasts some of the best views in all of New York City. You’ll get up close and personal l with landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and the Queensboro Bridge. Menus are heavily influenced by the hotel’s Italian seafood restaurant and while the drink menu can feel a bit limiting and there are only a few beer choices, it’s hard to complain when you have a 360-degree view of Manhattan.
11-01 43rd Ave, Long Island City; 212.319.7000 or zhotelny.com/z-roof/
PROFUNDO POOL CLUB
Picture this: floating on a rooftop pool, glass of rosé in one hand, surrounded by friends. Dream life? Nah—just a typical Sunday at the newest rooftop pool in Long Island City, Profundo Pool Club.
From the owners of Hotel Chantelle, Penthouse 808 and The Regal, Profundo Pool Club offers a 50- by 20-foot pool, unobstructed sunlight, gorgeous city views, curated music and Bali-inspired daybeds and cabanas that will keep your summer tan going well into September.
Delectable food and drink options from Executive Chef Seth Levine will keep everyone in your squad happy: frozen cocktails, beer, wine, spritzers, oysters, salads, tacos, even the plant-based burger Beyond Burger. Day passes start at $50, and you can also reserve the poolside cabanas. But hurry: The pool closes for the season on September 17.
8-08 Queens Plaza S; 718.289.6118 or profundopoolclub.com
LEAF BAR & LOUNGE
Smack in the middle of downtown Flushing is the rooftop bar of your dreams. Leaf Bar & Lounge on the rooftop of Hyatt Place is one of Queens’ true hidden gems.
The space is beautiful: small but welcoming with wood tones that give a rustic-chic vibe, panoramic views that include an incredible glimpse of Citi Field and music that is just the right volume so as not to have to shout to hear the people you came with. Simply put, it’s the ideal place for a night out enjoying friends and family.
And the cuisine doesn’t disappoint. The craft cocktail list is long, we’re talking pages long, full of signature cocktails, seasonal drinks and more. Try the Hellcat, a jalapeño-infused Jose Cuervo Silver Tequila drink with agave nectar, fresh lime juice, cucumber, cilantro and smoked Red Alder sea salt for a hot but refreshing sip; or the White Wine Sangria for summer in a glass or, for something unexpected but delicious, the YamaGucci with shochu, which is Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjo Nigori Sake, yuzu juice and fresh lime. The food will have you dreaming of a trip to Southeast Asia. Think pork belly buns with peanuts; crispy, lightly fried popcorn chicken; and savory pancakes such as an oyster pancake and a scallion and beef pancake with hoisin sauce. Open year-round thanks to indoor-outdoor seating, Leaf Bar & Lounge will quickly become one of your favorite spots for a night out with friends.
133-42 39th Ave, Flushing; 718.865.8158 or leafbarandlounge.com