Aretsky’s Patroon is an upscale restaurant in Midtown where you go to eat a pricey rack or lamb and hope someone else pays for it, and it has a relatively casual rooftop that’s great for after-work drinks. It isn’t very high, but it has a big outdoor space with round tables and shrubbery, and it’s great for when you want to have a low-key martini and complain about The Mets or your job with a few people who are dressed business casual. There are also some snacks like fries and tuna tartare, if you need to pick at something.
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Donburiya is a fun Japanese izakaya in the Theater District that specializes in inexpensive donburi bowls and facilitating rowdy group meals.
The Long Room
The Long Room is a low-key bar near Times Square with after-work crowds, couches, and a lounge in the back.
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We all get cravings for wings, cheesesteaks and waffle fries sometimes, and when we need to take care of that situation, Wogies is there for us.
Good Story Rooftop Lounge
Good Story is the rooftop bar at the Arlo Soho hotel, and, as far as rooftop bars go, it’s a pretty pleasant place to hang with a group downtown.
Wilfie & Nell
Wilfie & Nell is, first and foremost, a place you come to drink, rather than a place you come to eat. Consider it an added bonus that the bar food you’ll likely be eating while standing near a tiny ledge is pretty good.
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Westlight is the cocktail bar and restaurant on top of the William Vale hotel in Williamsburg.
Pod 39 Rooftop Bar
The Pod 39 Rooftop Bar is a great place to grab an outdoor drink in Murray Hill. Although if you go on a weekend, expect crowds.
Spyglass is the rooftop bar at the Archer Hotel, and it’s a pretty OK place to grab a cocktail in Midtown.
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