The Empire Hotel Rooftop

The Empire Hotel Rooftop

Roof Deck, Lounge, and Hotel Bar · Lincoln Square
44 W 63rd St (btwn Broadway & Columbus Ave), New York, NY 10023, United States
Closed until 5:00 PM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Thu
    • 5:00 PM–1:00 AM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 5:00 PM–4:00 AM
Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

The perfect way to both experience and escape New York City. Rooftop Lounge atop The Empire Hotel. Beautiful views of New York City and Lincoln Center.


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    ELS Language Centers
    "Wonderful rooftop bar with great views of Lincoln Center."(5 Tips)
    China Grill Management
    "Live Jazz every Monday @The Empire Hotel Rooftop:Join"(4 Tips)
    Gilt City
    "rooftop lounge features live jazz on Monday night"(3 Tips)
    Natalia Q.
    "Gorgeous views of Lincoln center, great bar and ambiance."(33 Tips)
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  • rooftop
  • scenic views
  • cocktails
  • jazz music
  • happy hour
  • DJs
  • dancing
  • fireplaces
  • good for dates
  • good for singles
  • wine
  • free admission
  • good for a late night
  • fancy
  • casual
  • martinis
  • comfortable
  • scotch
  • romantic
  • beer
  • Damien C.

    Happy hour way too expensive

    Damien C · 3 weeks ago
  • Karen E.

    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

    Karen Elizabeth · October 7
  • Atila R.

    You will not find Serena and Blair here.

    Atila Rodrigues · October 6
  • Christina

    Chuck? Is that you?

    Christina · July 13
  • Edouard N.

    Great view!

    Edouard Netter · June 16
  • PureWow

    Consider this your go-to nightcap spot after an evening at Lincoln Center. Read more

    PureWow · May 4
  • Ryan A.

    At night you're not allowed to sit outside unless you're smoking.

    Ryan Ambs · May 3
  • Anna O.

    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!

    Anna Ohare · December 3, 2014
  • JD

    Great staff and one of the best views in the area

    JD · October 4, 2014
  • Allison L.

    Fantastic views and Chuck Bass.

    Allison Loftus · September 8, 2014
  • Bridget W.

    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!

    Bridget Williams · September 7, 2014
  • Duncan P.

    Drinks out by the neon sign in summer is the best

    Duncan PJ · September 3, 2014
  • Alexis K.

    Dancing and the Music

    Alexis Kt · August 11, 2014
  • Mark L.

    A little pricey but nothing beats the view

    Mark Lombardi · August 10, 2014
  • Leigh Anne Z.

    Great views of the city and the best bartenders!

    Leigh Anne Zinsmeister · August 7, 2014
  • Jaycob B.

    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

    Jaycob Burns · August 7, 2014
  • Cheryl C.

    Free jazz shows on Monday nights and go while drink prices are still discounted during happy hour

    Cheryl Cho · July 22, 2014
  • Douglas Elliman

    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!

    Douglas Elliman · July 10, 2014
  • Lauren S.

    Don't come here on a Tuesday night...ever

    Lauren Smith · July 2, 2014
  • VenueTap

    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

    VenueTap · July 1, 2014
  • Abby M.

    Elijah is the coolest bartender you'll ever meet

    Abby Michelle · June 23, 2014
  • Sana S.

    The place all in all was entertaining the staff could rather be a little less stuck up. Except the waitress in VIP shes awesome!

    Sana Syed · June 10, 2014
  • Curbed

    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

    Curbed · May 2, 2014
  • Tiffany

    weekdays only. dress code: no denim.

    Tiffany · April 18, 2014
  • Samali S.

    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

    Samali Senyana · March 1, 2014
  • Brenda S.

    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!

    Brenda Senyana · March 1, 2014
  • Karin B.

    A very friendly club with an amazing view!

    Karin Bäcklund · January 13, 2014
  • Melissa W.

    Thanksgiving eve. No line. Come with a group of friends and it's a great place to chill.

    Melissa Weiss · November 28, 2013
  • Gordon P.

    If you like to have a good time, this is the place to go

    Gordon P · October 14, 2013
  • Linda A.

    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.

    Linda Appelqvist · September 22, 2013
  • Dawnie N.

    Not too shabby. Nice view with a dance floor and descent music. Be sure to dress up a bit to get in.

    Dawnie Ngo · September 7, 2013
  • Fabio

    Love this rooftop. Great people, awesome scotch !!!

    Fabio · September 3, 2013
  • Branden B.

    Staff is rude, and very unpleasant. Bought a table and received horrible service. Would not recommend or return.

    Branden Bouvia · August 10, 2013
  • Rovi B.

    Try the XOXO, the best gossip girl cocktail, XOXO

    Rovi Bortoluzzi · August 4, 2013
  • Lisa

    Get there early, secure seats and enjoy the cocktails and sunset

    Lisa · August 3, 2013
  • Ternicia M.

    Expensive drinks in plastic cups. Welcome to New York!

    Ternicia Marie · August 1, 2013
  • Sarah G.

    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.

    Sarah Gosnell · July 26, 2013
  • Heather M.

    Best damn kettle one dirty martini I've had in ages! On POINT!

    Heather McCarthy · July 6, 2013
  • @JaumePrimero

    Whoa, it took 30 minutes for the kitchen to send out an order of guacamole. Are you kidding me?

    @JaumePrimero · June 28, 2013
  • Jemar "Meezy" S.

    Unless the guy downstairs was just being a jerk to me, you can't wear sneakers. So dress appropriately

    Jemar "Meezy" Souza · June 24, 2013
  • Harry H.

    Entirely too pretentious. I felt obligated to punch everyone in there in the face.

    Harry Huggins · May 18, 2013
  • Perestrelka

    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....

    Perestrelka · January 10, 2013
  • Bob M.

    Cheesy, but nice views, good live music.

    Bob Matsuoka · January 8, 2013

    The Monster Bash at The Empire Hotel Attic on Saturday, October 27th, 2012 from 9PM - 4AM. Tickets are starting at $20! Read more · October 9, 2012
  • Concert Ticket Agency

    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.

    Concert Ticket Agency · September 10, 2012
  • deryosch

    Sit under the huge neon sign and enjoy the view! p.s. The beef sliders are really good. They come with seasoned fries.

    deryosch · September 1, 2012
  • Benji K.

    The kind of place you go to get classy date raped.

    Benji K · August 23, 2012
  • Ryan Scott T.

    Don't bother going on any night but a Monday. Douchebag staff, douchebag crowd. Forget it.

    Ryan Scott Tandy · August 17, 2012
  • Erik C.

    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

    Erik Cintron · August 10, 2012
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    Joseph Joseph · August 9, 2012

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