New York sunsets make for the best date night lighting. Add a gorg rooftop as your date night spot and you have the perf combo for a great first date. Since rooftop lounges are an MG Fav, here are the best rooftop bars & lounges in NYC for a first date…

Met Roof Garden & Martini Bar* – Upper East Side

1000 5th Ave, Fl 5, 212-535-7710


Located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this is  a great spot for a cultured date where cocktails are as eclectic as the art. Entrance to the bar requires an admission fee to the museum (remember – you choose how much to donate). *MG fav 

Upstairs* – Midtown East

145 East 50th St., 212-702-1600


This rooftop is located in the Kimberly Hotel. It’s a fabulush spot if your date works in the area, prefers an upscale, professional after-work crowd along with a gorg view of the Chrysler Building. *MG fav 

Press Lounge – Midtown West

653 11th Ave (b/w 47th St & 48th St), 212-757-2224


Located in the Ink 48 Hotel in Hell’s Kitchen, this rooftop lounge offers expansive views of the West side & Hudson River. Make date night plans during the weekdays, as weekends can get super crowded.

Top of the Strand* – Midtown West

33 W 37th St. (b/w 5th & 6th Aves), 646-368-6385



Top of the Strand is the rooftop bar/lounge located at the Strand Hotel on West 37th Street. With design influence from set designer Lydia Marks (of Sex and the City),  the gorgeousness of this retractable glass-roofed lounge is only amplified with stunning views of Midtown Manhattan. *MG Fav

Rare View – Midtown East

303 Lexington Ave,16th Fl (entrance on side of hotel), 212-481-1999


Steps away from 34th street, this rooftop lounge is located in the Shelburne Murray Hill Hotel. With glorious views of both the Empire State & Chrysler Buildings along with outdoor patio seating, the view will no doubt have your date speechless (in a good way).

Rooftop Lounge at The Bowery Hotel – Lower East Side

335 Bowery, b/w Bond St & Great Jones St. 212-505-9100

With mansion-like decor on the inside (think chandeliers, fireplace & leather seating), the outdoor area of the terrace offers illuminating views of city and areas private enough to hold stimulating first date convo.

Le Bain – Meatpacking District

848 Washington Street (b/w Little West 12th &13th Street 212-645-4646


Located on the 18th floor of the Standard Hotel Highline, if you’re a lover of downtown Manhattan you’ll want to sched a first date here. Skip the late night velvet rope scene and plan a weekend afternoon date, where you can take in the views & enjoy relaxed cocktails.

Dahlings, check out MG’s Best of NYC column to find your new fav date night restaurants, bars & lounges.