Updated: May 21, 2015
Best New York Rooftop Bars - Me BarOne of the joys of hanging out in New York City is the scenery. Most of the good bars in NYC have their own unique feel or character, whether it is trendy, expensive, or just a dive watering hole. But rooftop bars are in a class by themselves. Of course in the winter months, you won't find many people hanging out on New York rooftops. But in the Spring and Summer, when people are dying to get out of their offices and apartments and into the fresh air and sunshine, there is nothing quite like the feeling of sitting on the roof, checking out the Manhattan skyline, and sipping a cold drink. One low-key rooftop bar to consider is the Me Bar at La Quinta Inn (used to be called the Sun Roof) on 32nd St., between Broadway and 5th ((212) 290-2460, 17 W 32nd St). From the outside, this doesn't look like your average La Quinta you'd see driving around the interstate freeways - it's housed in a fairly elegant looking old building here in the heart of Korea Town.
You won't see a lot of obvious signs that there is a rooftop bar here -- just look for the La Quinta sign on the northside of the street and head on in. The elevators are pretty much straight ahead when you come in the front doors. Take the elevators up to the top, the 14th floor and exit to the right out of the elevator. Go up a few stairs, and you'll find yourself on the inside portion of the Me Bar, with nothing but glass windows and doors holding you back from that rooftop terrace. When we were there, there was no table service -- just order from the bar. We paid $6 for a beer, which is pretty average in NY and very cheap for a rooftop bar setting. The setting itself, and the fact it is in a La Quinta, kind of sets the tone for the crowds you find up here. This is not a snooty club filled with beautiful people -- it's just a regular place to hang out with affordable drinks. So if you are going for mellow and off the beaten path, drop on by. If you are looking for the A-crowd and fancy bottles of $300 champagne, skip it -- not that kind of scene (be sure to check our listing of other New York rooftop bars).