Even if you're not wearing a suit or rolling in dough, there are some rooftop bars that will welcome you with open arms. DNAinfo.com New York has assembled a handy guide of some of the top unpretentious rooftop bars in the city.
Like many other places in the neighborhood, this rooftop can get crowded fast on weekends, particularly with the post-brunch crowd. Its spacious downstairs is typically open for drinking and a visit to the photo booth with friends.
Up until last year, this 14th-floor joint was called Me Bar. The new name and management hasn't changed the bar's rock-bottom prices — the happy hour, until 7 p.m., still offers $2 beers and $3 margaritas.
The view isn't much — you can see traffic whizzing by on Fourth Avenue, and that's about it — but the ambiance on the wood patio is something along the line of an alt-rock friend's luxury apartment, complete with a pool table and dart board.
With its retractable glass roof, the bar is open year-round with heating in the winter months. It's definitely advisable to go during the summer, however — during the school year, the rooftop space fills up fast with co-eds.
Though it’s usually reserved for large parties and private events on the weekends, the roof bar opens weekdays at 6 p.m., perfect for an after-work cocktail and a bite to eat. Domestic beers run $5, imported $6, and a glass of wine will cost you $8.
Far above the crowds, the roof offers a nice view of The New York Times building and the hubbub down below — and it won't empty your wallet. The after-work crowd can flood this place, so get there early if you want a seat.