A Chicagoan in NYC, I visited 2 rooftop bars in one night and I was impressed. I have not seen one of these in Chicago (yet). Before we came to 230 Fifth, we went to SkyRoom near Times Square or the Garment District (not sure) but unlike high end hipster trendy joints in NYC, this place was more down to earth while being 20 some stories high. In November, New York gets cold, This place has many heat lamps ( almost too many) to keep you warm, and we ended up turning one away from our table because we were comfortable. They have red robes to use if you are freezing. Good music and ambiance, the place is like a garden in the sky, something I have never seen before especially surrounded by skyscrapers.
As for the Menu, they specialize in hot ciders, and have many different kinds. I did not try any of these this time around, but the drink menu is massive. The view gets a star for obvious reasons although they should remove the trees along the walls to improve the view. This is a great place to come with your loved one, a date, family, friends, whoever... because of the laid back feel as opposed to an uptight exclusive lounge feel.
I have a lot to say about the service here too! I normally don't remember waiters/esses.. But Hillary was intuitive and amazing,suggested drinks we all loved, was quick, and when one of us ordered a water, she brought us all water without asking, because service is a big part of the reason people come back. I give 230 Fifth a rare 5 stars, because I know I will be going back here next time I am in New York