Having a great rooftop brunch during your trip to New York is an absolute must. After all, there’s no city that does brunch quite like New York – and very few skylines that are as iconic as New York’s.
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Just think – brunch in New York is already awesome as it is with the combination of world-renowned food and great energy from visitors and locals alike. Add onto it some of the best views of an already breathtaking city and you’ve got yourself a recipe for an unforgettable meal.
With such a variety of beautiful, delicious options to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. We’ve picked out some of our favorites from Manhattan and Brooklyn to help get you started. Each of the spots listed below has top notch food and an open-air view to match. After all, what pairs better with champagne than the New York skyline?
Read on to discover your next favorite NYC rooftop brunch spot!
Brunch with a view NYC – My 12 Favorite Spots
Just one word of caution: you’re not allowed to get mad at us if after reading this article you wish you’d booked a longer trip. (And fortunately for you, we even found an option that serves brunch with a view during the week, too.)
Brunch with a view in NYC at 230 FifthRooftop Bar in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
When you bill yourself as “New York’s largest indoor and outdoor bar,” it can take a lot to live up to that reputation. Fortunately, this chic penthouse with a view of the Empire State Building does just that – with a great brunch menu and atmosphere, too.
Featuring a rooftop garden and live music, you can stop by on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 4pm to enjoy their Bottomless Brunch. At $45 per guest for a 90-minute seating, you’ll enjoy an entrée (Breakfast Burrito, Huevos Rancheros, Avocado Toast, Banana Pancakes) along with bottomless mimosas, bellinis, and coffee.
Ophelia Lounge NYCBar in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
The Ophelia Lounge is located on top of the Beekman Tower in Midtown Manhattan. The view of the East River and Roosevelt Island as well as the Queensboro Bridge is great from up here. What could be better than enjoying this view over a delicious brunch?
Every Sunday you can get the ultimate “Top of the Tower” cocktail brunch at Ophelia. In addition to carefully selected cocktails like Ophelia’s Mimosa or a Watermelon Refresher, you’ll get a great à la carte menu with delicious crab, Belgian waffles and more. You’ll also find a selection of 3-tiered brunch towers on the menu, giving you everything your heart desires. How about smoked salmon or a savory quiche with caviar, for example?
If you want to start your Sunday with this delicious brunch, then you should reserve a table in time via OpenTable.
Brunch with a view in NYC at Refinery RooftopRooftop Bar in Midtown ManhattanOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
There may be no more impressive view in NYC than the Refinery Rooftop. With stunning views of the Empire State Building and the Manhattan skyline, you may need to remind yourself to look down and enjoy the mouthwatering brunch in front of you.
Fortunately, the great food served at the Refinery Rooftop will help you there. With breakfast and brunch staples like fresh-made doughnuts and waffles, French toast, and the must-try Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, you have plenty of great options to pair with the cocktail of your choice.
Open 7 days a week, you can stop by on Saturday and Sunday for brunch starting at 11:30am.
Brunch with a view in NYC at Gallow Green (McKittrick Hotel)Rooftop Bar in ChelseaAdd to myNY added
Located inside the beautifully appointed McKittrick Hotel, the Gallow Green is more about finding those secret garden vibes on a city rooftop. Though the views may not be as jaw-dropping as some of the other spots, there is something much more charming about the luscious setting of this chic restaurant.
With the buffet setup, brunch at Gallow Green is a relaxed affair. Eat at your leisure with food made to order, including an omelet and waffle station. Then if your brunch is turning more into a leisurely lunch, wander over to the bar area for wine, beer, or a cocktail.
The Gallow Green Rooftop Brunch happens every Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
Brunch with a view in NYC at Haven RooftopRooftop Bar in Theatre DistrictAdd to myNY added
Located in the Times Square area, Haven Rooftop has both an open-air and glassed-in rooftop for enjoyable NYC brunch with a view all-year-round. No matter the time of year, though, you’ll need to step outside for just a moment to soak in the skyline.
Then once you’ve gotten your fill of the view (if that’s even possible), it’s time to get your fill of this delicious menu. Choose from popular items like the Tower of Tuna Tartare, the Farmers Market Omelet, and Brunch Pizza. Want to add a cocktail? You’ll also have the choice to add on an hour of bottomless brunch cocktails, too.
Haven Rooftop is open for brunch on Saturdays from 11:00am – 3:30pm and Sundays from 11:00am – 3:30pm.
Brunch with a view in NYC at Hotel ChantelleRooftop Restaurant in Lower East SideOur HighlightAdd to myNY added
Enjoy an intoxicating mix of the City Of Lights and City That Never Sleeps with Hotel Chantelle’s Parisian-inspired rooftop with views of Downtown Manhattan.
More than just views you can drink in, the brunch menu at Hotel Chantelle is a treat, too. For $35, you’ll enjoy a Bottomless Brunch that gets a brunch classic (like Avocado Toast, Spanish Baked Eggs, or Stuffed French Toast) along with an hour of brunch cocktail (like Mimosas, Bellinis, and Bloody Marys).
Stop by on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 4:30pm.
Brunch with a view in NYC at Juliette (Williamsburg)French Restaurant in WilliamsburgAdd to myNY added
If you’re looking for brunch with a view NYC and you don’t want to wait till the weekend, Juliette’s got you covered. This sweet bistro features outdoor seating on its rooftop as well as garden and sidewalk dining.
While the view may not make your jaw hit the floor like some of the best Manhattan rooftop brunch options, it’s the atmosphere here that sets Juliette apart. The lush, shaded setting has a charm all its own, one that pairs deliciously an always-on brunch menu that includes French classics (Croque Monsieur, Gratinéed French Onion Soup, Duck Confit) with brunch cocktails (Micheladas, Bloody Caesar).
For a weekday brunch at Juliette, stop by Monday through Friday from 12pm – 4pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, brunch is served from 10am to 4pm.
Brunch with a view in NYC at UpstairsRooftop Bar in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
For an all-season appropriate brunch with unbeatable views, Upstairs at the Kimberly is an ideal option. Featuring iconic glimpses of Midtown Manhattan & the Chrysler Building, it almost doesn’t seem fair that their food should be this good, too.
With a brunch menu that spans eggs (including multiple takes on Eggs Benedict), sweets (Blueberry Pancakes and Buttermilk Waffles), and Savory (the Brunch Pizza and Kobe Burger), you’re sure to find something to satisfy everyone in your group. Feel like making it a Boozy Brunch? Pair with one of their signature cocktails (like the Chrysler or the Cilantro Sol).
Stop by on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm – 4pm.
Brunch with a view at Versa NYCRooftop Bar in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
Stop by this Midtown Manhattan restaurant anytime for unbeatable skyline views. But if you want to pair those views with one of the freshest brunches around, you’ve got to stop by on the weekends. Located right by Madison Square Garden and New York’s Garment District, Versa offers perhaps the best NYC brunch with a view.
Open at 11:30am on Saturday and Sunday for brunch, you’ll have a menu full of mouthwatering options to choose from. Choosing between the Lobster & Avocado Toast and the White Truffle Cheddar Bacon Sausage Sandwich? Good luck. Not sure if your Boozy Brunch Cocktail of choice should be a Versa Bloody or a Michelada? Come thirsty!
Brunch with a view in NYC at Catch RoofRooftop Bar in Meatpacking DistrictAdd to myNY added
Another good year-round option, Catch has both a glass-covered lounge and rooftop terrace ensuring you get the best NYC brunch with a view. Located just off the Meatpacking District in Chelsea, this makes a great stop after you’ve done a leisurely morning stroll through the High Line.
The rooftop brunch at Catch is one of the more dynamic brunch offerings in the city. There are egg options (Croque Madame, Shakshuka) and sweet options (Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, the Anytime Waffle Tower), but it’s the rolls (Wagyu Surf and Turf Roll, MRC Roll) and Asian-inspired seafood plates (King Crab Hand Rolls, Caviar-Capped Truffle Sashimi, Wasabi-Spiked Toro Tartare) that make this such a satisfying spot.
For those looking to get a headstart on brunch, Catch is open on Fridays, too. Stop by Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11:30am to 3:30pm to enjoy.
Brunch with a view in NYC at Cantina RooftopRooftop Bar in Hell's KitchenAdd to myNY added
With its retractable rooftop and colorful design touches, Cantina Rooftop is an easy choice for year-round brunch with a view of NYC. Placed atop the Stage 48 building in Hell’s Kitchen, this is the must-try spot if you’re looking to combine panoramic NYC views with a Mexican-inspired brunch.
Saturday brunch lasts from 11:30am till the last seating at 3:30pm, and Sunday brunch kicks off at 11:30am. Kick your meal off with Antojitos (Guacamole Clásico, Ceviche, Mole de Olla) and Tacos (three per order of Pollo, Dorados, Birria), or dive right into the entrées (Carnitas Benedict, Tres Leches French Toast). Looking to make it a boozy brunch with a Mexican twist? Be sure to add a Margarita or Mezcal-rita on the side.
Brunch with a view in NYC at Broken ShakerHotels & Accommodations in Kips BayAdd to myNY added
If you’ve had the pleasure of traveling around the U.S., you may already be familiar with Broken Shaker from their locations in Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago. Well, their New York bar more than holds its own with some of the city’s best views.
While this isn’t technically open for brunch, we’re including it at the bottom of our list in case you want to go for one more post-brunch drink. Because they’re open at 4pm every day, it’s an easy next stop, especially if you’re looking to keep the great views coming. With delicious snacks (Ceviche Mixto, Crispy Pork Ribs) and shareable cocktails, Broken Shaker is your ideal stop after brunch for an NYC view.
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