The Empire Hotel Rooftop

The Empire Hotel Rooftop

Roof Deck, Lounge, and Hotel Bar
Lincoln Square, New York
156 Tips and reviews
  • rooftop
  • scenic views
  • cocktails
  • jazz music
  • happy hour
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  • Marlon
    Marlon2 weeks ago
    While there is a view, it is of nothing good.
  • Amy C.
    Apparently there is a Gossip Girl drink menu I didn't know about?
  • Arjun S.
    Arjun SethJune 16
    it got bigger! love the new renovations.
  • Christina C.
    Nice rooftop bar with indoor and outdoor areas.
  • Michael F.
    Michael Fox-RabinovitzFebruary 12
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic little spot to look down on Broadway, pretty quiet week nights, try the sangria
  • Stevyn G.
    Stevyn GilmoreNovember 13, 2016
    Music, view, hospitable staff. Drinks are delicious! Try the Mac & Cheese Bars
  • George M.
    George MaierOctober 27, 2016
    The view at a reasonable rate!
  • Jackie N.
    Jackie NapalanAugust 15, 2016
    Rooftop closed since January 2016. Employees are unsure of when it'll reopen.
  • Elsie T.
    Elsie TousseMay 9, 2016
    An excellent rooftop bar with outdoor lounge!
  • Mark G.
    Mark GraciaJanuary 19, 2016
    Do NOT attend the NYE event here, bought VIP passes and still had to wait in excess of 30 min to get served at the bar given they only had it staffed with 2 bartenders.
  • Damien C.
    Damien COctober 30, 2015
    Happy hour way too expensive
  • Karen E.
    Karen ElizabethOctober 7, 2015
    Bartenders are subpar, and offended if you ask about the advertised happy hour specials. Also quick to judge who "has money" or doesn't, and assume you want your tab closed if they deem you the latter
  • Atila R.
    Atila RodriguesOctober 6, 2015
    You will not find Serena and Blair here.
  • Christina
    ChristinaJuly 13, 2015
    Chuck? Is that you?
  • Ed
    EdJune 16, 2015
    Great view!
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 4, 2015
    Consider this your go-to nightcap spot after an evening at Lincoln Center. Read more
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsMay 3, 2015
    At night you're not allowed to sit outside unless you're smoking.
  • Anna O.
    Anna OhareDecember 3, 2014
    Not bad prices considering it's a roof top bar. Get a glass of Malbec & sit under the sign. The inside doesn't have great views!
  • JD
    JDOctober 4, 2014
    Great staff and one of the best views in the area
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateSeptember 8, 2014
    Fantastic views and Chuck Bass.
  • Bridget W.
    Bridget WilliamsSeptember 7, 2014
    Getting up there was beyond frustrating and I was on the VIP list... It didn't help that it was a stupidly humid day! VIP area was open-ish bar. Great view past the sweaty faces and bodies!
  • Duncan P.
    Duncan PJSeptember 3, 2014
    Drinks out by the neon sign in summer is the best
  • Alexis K.
    Alexis KtAugust 11, 2014
    Dancing and the Music
  • Mark L.
    Mark LombardiAugust 10, 2014
    A little pricey but nothing beats the view
  • Leigh Anne Z.
    Great views of the city and the best bartenders!
  • Jaycob B.
    Jaycob BurnsAugust 7, 2014
    I was a little disappointed with the view after reading so many rave. Bouncer (at 730 on a wednesday) put on an annoying act to check "capacity" when it was pretty light. Meh
  • Cheryl C.
    Cheryl ChoJuly 22, 2014
    Free jazz shows on Monday nights and go while drink prices are still discounted during happy hour
  • Douglas Elliman
    Douglas EllimanJuly 10, 2014
    With beautiful views of NYC and Lincoln Center this rooftop is both comfortable and sexy. We love happy hour specials with $8 cocktails and live jazz music on Mondays!
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SmithJuly 2, 2014
    Don't come here on a Tuesday night...ever
  • VenueTap
    VenueTapJuly 1, 2014
    Empire Rooftop rivals other NYC rooftops, offering a unique background to any celebration. We will help you plan your next event by checking us out on
  • Abby M.
    Abby MichelleJune 23, 2014
    Elijah is the coolest bartender you'll ever meet
  • Sana S.
    Sana SyedJune 10, 2014
    The place all in all was entertaining the staff could rather be a little less stuck up. Except the waitress in VIP shes awesome!
  • Curbed
    CurbedMay 2, 2014
    Bask in the glow of the Empire's universally recognizable red sign on the pool deck while kicking back in a contemporary lounge chair. Read more
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyApril 18, 2014
    weekdays only. dress code: no denim.
  • Samali S.
    Samali SenyanaMarch 1, 2014
    Everytime I've been here its always a hassle at the door. if you're black be prepared to jump through hoops... if you must go it better be an event and you better come early likr before 10
  • Brenda S.
    Brenda SenyanaMarch 1, 2014
    If you're Black and don't look like a model come in small groups and really early (like b4 9pm). Also being on a list doesn't matter, you still might not get in!
  • Karin B.
    Karin BäcklundJanuary 13, 2014
    A very friendly club with an amazing view!
  • Melissa W.
    Melissa WeissNovember 28, 2013
    Thanksgiving eve. No line. Come with a group of friends and it's a great place to chill.
  • Gordon P.
    Gordon POctober 14, 2013
    If you like to have a good time, this is the place to go
  • Linda A.
    Linda AppelqvistSeptember 22, 2013
    Great rooftop party at 1am is this place packed with a rocking party crowd. A tip is to come here early so you don't have to wait in a long line or pay expensive coverage fee.
  • Dawnie N.
    Dawnie NgoSeptember 7, 2013
    Not too shabby. Nice view with a dance floor and descent music. Be sure to dress up a bit to get in.
  • Fabio
    FabioSeptember 3, 2013
    Love this rooftop. Great people, awesome scotch !!!
  • Branden B.
    Branden BouviaAugust 10, 2013
    Staff is rude, and very unpleasant. Bought a table and received horrible service. Would not recommend or return.
  • Rovi B.
    Rovi BortoluzziAugust 4, 2013
    Try the XOXO, the best gossip girl cocktail, XOXO
  • Lisa
    LisaAugust 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get there early, secure seats and enjoy the cocktails and sunset
  • Ternicia M.
    Ternicia MarieAugust 1, 2013
    Expensive drinks in plastic cups. Welcome to New York!
  • Sarah G.
    Sarah GosnellJuly 26, 2013
    They prevented my husband and I from going up because he was wearing (stylish) sneakers. It's against dress code and we couldn't attend a party because of it. Take your business elsewhere. Snobs.
  • Heather M.
    Heather McCarthyJuly 6, 2013
    Best damn kettle one dirty martini I've had in ages! On POINT!
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroJune 28, 2013
    Whoa, it took 30 minutes for the kitchen to send out an order of guacamole. Are you kidding me?
  • Jemar "Meezy" S.
    Jemar "Meezy" SouzaJune 24, 2013
    Unless the guy downstairs was just being a jerk to me, you can't wear sneakers. So dress appropriately
  • Harry H.
    Harry HugginsMay 18, 2013
    Entirely too pretentious. I felt obligated to punch everyone in there in the face.
  • Perestrelka
    PerestrelkaJanuary 10, 2013
    saturday night party - 1 a.m.: no FC/DC - guys wearing sweaters, overcrowded, age 18-24, too loud music, night city view - nothing gorgeous, line to checkroom from the entrance....
  • Bob M.
    Bob MatsuokaJanuary 8, 2013
    Cheesy, but nice views, good live music.
    Joonbug.comOctober 9, 2012
    The Monster Bash at The Empire Hotel Attic on Saturday, October 27th, 2012 from 9PM - 4AM. Tickets are starting at $20! Read more
  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Concert Ticket AgencySeptember 10, 2012
    Chill after work, or attend a great party here. Located on the 12th floor of this luxury hotel. Fantastic views of Lincoln Center as well as the Broadway & Columbus Avenue. Monday night jazz a must.
  • deryosch
    deryoschSeptember 1, 2012
    Sit under the huge neon sign and enjoy the view! p.s. The beef sliders are really good. They come with seasoned fries.
  • Benji K.
    Benji KAugust 23, 2012
    The kind of place you go to get classy date raped.
  • Ryan Scott T.
    Ryan Scott TandyAugust 17, 2012
    Don't bother going on any night but a Monday. Douchebag staff, douchebag crowd. Forget it.
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronAugust 10, 2012
    Go on a Thursday night when they do there after work special 5 beer and 5 wine real nice lots of bougie people but then at night a Spanish crowd comes in the music gets better and the food not bad
  • Joseph J.
    Joseph JosephAugust 9, 2012
  • Adam M.
    Adam MJuly 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Cocktails are not even remotely worth getting here. I'd rather spend money on a flask and drink with a homeless person
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KelleyJuly 7, 2012
    Shit is hawt.
  • NCM
    NCMJune 27, 2012
    This rooftop lounge, backed by restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, features 3,000 square feet of outdoor space and private chaise longue-equipped cabanas.
  • Joe D. K.
    Joe D. KayJune 24, 2012
    People say they give you a hard time to get in but we were on line for 5 mins then called off it and let right in. I guess it helps when you're 4 hot girls!  Fun times. A lot of fist-pumping music.
  • Barbara P. E.
    Barbara P. EscobarJune 24, 2012
    Lame crowd, lame staff, really lame, overpriced drinks for what they are - overall, pretending to be something much better than it is - a crappy bar that happens to have a view
  • Natalia Q.
    Natalia QuinteroJune 22, 2012
    Gorgeous views of Lincoln center, great bar and ambiance. Open year-round.
  • Coble G.
    Coble GirlsJune 17, 2012
    The service was absolutely horrible. The view is beautiful. We came here on a gilt city voucher. I will never come back here and they are very selective at the door. Good luck!
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJune 13, 2012
    The outdoor tables are usually reserved after 9pm, so dress nice and go early. You won’t have to worry about the line, and you’ll see the sunset over Lincoln Center. A beautiful start to the evening! Read more
  • Dana K.
    Dana KJune 1, 2012
    I call bullshit on this place. Inconsistent dress code requirements. $13+ for drinks in a plastic cup. Very bridge & tunnel.
  • Angel S.
    Angel SámanoMay 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you come NY, stop going to statue of liberty that's so mainstream, instead come to this place :| #amazingView
  • Kyle R.
    Kyle RosenbaumMay 7, 2012
    Arrive between 5:30 and 7 to sip on cocktails and watch the sunset before the crowd arrives.
  • ELS Language Centers
    ELS Language CentersApril 13, 2012
    This is the Empire Hotel from the "Gossip Girl" TV show. Wonderful rooftop bar with great views of Lincoln Center. Go at sunset for the best viewing.
  • Royale P.
    Royale Party - NycApril 8, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Its Our Saturday Party
  • Artem G.
    Artem GorodetskiyApril 2, 2012
    They have cool jazz events every week with free admission, search Wventbrite to find this out.
  • Royale P.
    Royale Party - NycApril 1, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Come #Party With Us At @empirerooftop - @royalemarketing
  • Royale P.
    Royale Party - NycMarch 27, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Saturdays Are The Best Here
  • Christina A.
    Christina AdairMarch 15, 2012
    This is the WORST rooftop bar.If you want rude bouncers,inadequate service & nasty bartenders, then waste your money here. If not, go to any other rooftop bar in NYC, never been treated so poorly...
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMarch 12, 2012
    This spacious rooftop bar has great views but the outrageously expensive drinks, ambivalent servers, rude bouncers and extremely loud music totally turned us off.
  • Royale P.
    Royale Party - NycMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Saturdays Rock !!!
  • Dee M.
    Dee MyaFebruary 18, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Bouncers werre rude to my friend. Ye like I'm really gonna go in n leave my friend outside. Dickk. Lol
  • EchoDA
    EchoDAFebruary 15, 2012
    This place has some great views of the Columbus circle car chaos
  • Yelizaveta K.
    Yelizaveta KayJanuary 20, 2012
    Come with your man or prepare to be hit on by some of the classless guys ever! Don't be fooled by their looks or money!
  • EchoDA
    EchoDADecember 28, 2011
    this place has some great views of the Columbus circle car chaos
  • Taiwan B.
    Taiwan BrownNovember 24, 2011
    Amazing thanksgiving eve party
  • EchoDA
    EchoDANovember 5, 2011
    another fun view where you can look at the Columbus circle skyline!
  • Abiola A.
    Abiola AbramsNovember 4, 2011
    The Kir Royalle is to die for...
  • Rob S.
    Rob SantosOctober 29, 2011
    It Always smells like combination of puke and dirty mop!
  • Howcast
    HowcastOctober 21, 2011
    Hit up the Empire Hotel's Fireside Cocktails and live Jazz on Oct. 24th! And don't forget to watch our video on How to find great Jazz in New York City!
  • Arman S.
    Arman SuleimenovOctober 8, 2011
    Dress code: no sneakers allowed, to my regret...
  • Eric
    EricSeptember 29, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    NYC's #1 Afterwork Party .. Each and Every Thursday. Great Drink Specials, Good Food, Good Music.. Just Say Eric Of LAW Sent You At The Door For Complimentary Admission
  • thien n.
    thien nguyenSeptember 21, 2011
    Gossip Girl cocktails named after the serie characters
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BarretoSeptember 18, 2011
    Renee at the outdoor bar is the most awesome bartender!! Shes sweet and super hot- love her!!! Tip her extra!!
  • Pilar S.
    Pilar ScratchSeptember 15, 2011
    Vitamin water realaunch party is amazing
  • Todd C.
    Todd CusatoSeptember 11, 2011
    $14 for a drink--can you say bullshit
  • Monatumelo Mylo M.
    Monatumelo Mylo MannSeptember 9, 2011
    Try the side car cocktail - awesome concoction
  • Brian Z.
    Brian ZeilingerSeptember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    There is no better place to spend a summer night in the city. Great drinks, the best people- just a lot of fun!
  • Miguel D.
    Miguel Diaz 丁俊豐September 2, 2011
    We´re here, very nice just one block to Central Park
  • Matthew D.
    Matthew DAugust 27, 2011
    mm shh mm shh mm shh (insert lyric)
  • Blanca G.
    Blanca GarciaAugust 21, 2011
    Bad service they wouldn't let the rest of my party up unless they bought a bottle themselves! Never again!
  • Peter P.
    Peter PuglieseAugust 20, 2011
    Bouncers and staff here are very RUDE! They think they're above everyone else. I would spend my money somewhere else.
  • Isabel V.
    Isabel ValeroAugust 31, 2015
    Las vistas no son una locura, pero el ambiente está genial.
  • Herbier de Provence O.
    En touriste derriere les big letters
  • Ivan K.
    Ivan KMay 2, 2014
    يبدو تشاك ليست هنا. يتمتع المكان
  • Carolina M.
    Carolina MadridMarch 24, 2013
    GHE-TTO. @cesaints no vengas! Jaja
  • Sirlane A.
    Sirlane Alves da SilvaOctober 14, 2012
    bom de mais
  • Neuzinha T.
    Neuzinha Tim betaSeptember 26, 2012
    Hotel maravilhoso que indico a todos os meus amigos.
  • Royale P.
    Royale Party - NycApril 16, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Saturday Nights Is The #Royale Party @royalemarketing - email - -
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