When the weather turns warm in the Big Apple, locals turn to a number of rooftop bars that keep the residents cool and collected. Here's a sampling:
The Library Hotel, 299 Madison at 41 St.,212-983-4500
Hours: Mon. to Sat., 4 p.m. to midnight; Sun., closed
With its brick walls, lovely floral displays, and abundance of reading material, the terrace of the Library Hotel's rooftop bar, aptly titled Bookmarks, could easily pass for the patio of an Upper East Side townhouse.
Sip elelgant libations such as Chambord Royale (blends Stoli Vanilla, Chambord and grapefruit juice) while you check out the view of the majestic Lefcourt building which rises across the street.
Cabana at the Maritime Hotel, 363 W. 16 near Ninth Ave.;212-212-242-4300
Hours: Tue. to Thurs., 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Fri. to Sat., 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun. to Mon., closed
You'll think you're in a trendy uber chic LA nightclub, not a NYC hotel bar (complete with palm trees & floral wallpaper. Watch celebs while enjoying a bottle of sake or a martini with fresh lychee juice.
The Heights Bar & Grill, 2867 Broadway, between 111th and 112th Sts.; 212-866-7035
Hours: Mon. to Wed., 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Thu. to Sun., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Students from nearby Columbia University as well as upper West Side residents flock to this no frills second story bar.
Frozen margaritas and beer are what's on tap here - so drink up!
Me Bar, 17 W. 32nd St., between Broadway and Fifth Ave.; 14th fl.; 212-290-2460
Hours: Daily, 5:30 p.m. to midnight
Who knew that you could stow away to the top of the hidden La Quinta budget hotel and relax amidst throw pillows and beach chairs? Check out the view of the Empire State building glowing in all its finery while enjoying a pomegranate martini.
Other places to stop:
The Delancey, 168 Delancey St., at Clinton St.; 212-254-9920
The Park, 118 Tenth Ave., between 17th and 18th Sts.; 212-352-3313
Roof Garden Cafe, The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd St.; 212-535-7710