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8 Rooftop Brunches You Need to Experience Before Summer is Over

By Cait Rohan | August 1, 2016 | Food & Drink

With limited time left for summer, you feel obligated to spend every second outside since fall’s crisper temperatures will set in before you know it. But “heat domes” and hot, humid weather can drive even the biggest warm-weather enthusiasts to seek respite in the great indoors and its cold A.C. The solution? Enjoy an alfresco brunch where it’s breezier—on one of NYC’s toniest rooftops.

Social Drink & Food

Social Drink & Food.

Cater to all kinds of palates at Social Drink & Food on the fourth floor of YOTEL, where the brunch menu comprises two sections—street food, which takes a cue from casual Israeli favorites, and classics. More eclectic items include the complete malawach sandwich, which wraps flaky, fried malawach bread around a 12-hour egg and various fixin’s, while traditionalists can tuck into the likes of challah French toast. Whatever you choose, each brunch dish comes with a complimentary Watermelon Bellini and there are other tipples (like Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers, Mimosas, and various signature libations) to be had after you’ve knocked that back. Brunch runs Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 570 10th Ave., 646-449-7790

Gallow Green

Gallow Green.

Soar high above the streets of Chelsea and the nearby High Line at The McKittrick Hotel’s Gallow Green. Stop here if you’re in need of a true a.m. refuel (read: hungover)—there are all-you-can-eat brunch stations piled high with scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, and cinnamon rolls. Large-format drinks are also sure to keep you satisfied: Gallow Green’s signature punches serve up to 15 and include options like the Touch of Evil with Dorothy Parker Gin, El Buho Mezcal, sparkling mineral water, raspberry oleo, and nutmeg. Brunch runs Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; buy tickets on 542 W. 27th St., 212-564-1662

Monarch Rooftop Lounge


Get up-close and personal with the iconic Empire State Building at Monarch Rooftop Lounge. Sink into funky, plush couches and chairs or banquettes that just beg for lounging as you tuck into brunch dishes like a bacon-wrapped egg and cheddar muffin, a chef’s quiche du jour, and berry-stuffed French toast. Complement your meal with refreshing cocktails like the Watermelon Cooler or Monarch Margarita. Brunch runs Saturdays from 2-6 p.m. and Sundays from 3-6 p.m. 71 W. 35th St., 212-630-9993

The Drift at Gansevoort Park Avenue

The Drift at Gansevoort Park Avenue.

Can’t make it to the Hamptons? Feel like you’ve stumbled into a colorful, cabana-filled surfer’s paradise—20 stories above Manhattan. At The Drift, those leaning toward lunch can try the triple-decker turkey club or lobster roll, while a.m. enthusiasts will find options like blueberry pancakes and eggs Benedict. Just be sure to wash your food down with the rooftop’s signature frosé—rosé sorbet with sparkling rosé and fresh berries, or—for those struggling from the night before—Coco & Co fresh coconuts. Brunch runs Saturdays and Sunday from 12-4 p.m. 420 Park Ave S., 212-317-2900


Waffle tower at Catch.

As its name suggests, Meatpacking resto Catch offers some seafood-focused options for its brunch service. Standouts include its usual raw bar, an MRC roll with seared tuna, shrimp, and ponzu butter, and a lobster roll. But there are plenty of options for breakfast purists and land lubbers, most intriguing of which is the gluten-free Anytime Waffle Tower with maple, milk, chocolate and raspberry ice cream, chocolate ganache, raspberry jam, and toasted almonds. Brunch runs Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4 p.m. 21 Ninth Ave., 212-392-5978

Upstairs at The Kimberly

Upstairs at The Kimberly.

Enjoy your brunch with an unparalleled view of the Chrysler Building at Upstairs at The Kimberly. This sophisticated rooftop boasts a vast menu with reimagined brunch favorites like a Hangover Remedy with smashed avocado, bacon, sundried tomatoes, and queso fresco, or the lemon ricotta pancakes with lemon curd, blueberries, and vanilla whipped cream. The drink list is similarly stacked with everything from classic bloodies and bellinis to signature cocktails like the Champagne and cognac-based The Chrysler. Brunch runs Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4 p.m. 145 E. 50th St., 212-888-1220

Haven Rooftop


Experience Times Square high above the actual hubbub at Haven Rooftop at the Sanctuary Hotel. The bar/resto offers a $29 Sunday brunch prix-fixe menu with the option to add unlimited booze for another $20. And with offerings that run the gamut from a tuna tartare tower and a lobster roll to a brunch pizza and various omelets, you’ll want to spend as much time here as possible. Brunch runs Sundays from 12-3 p.m. 132 W. 47th St., 212-466-9000

Mr. Purple

Mr. Purple.

Have your brunch poolside on a fun patio dotted with appropriately purple chairs at Lower East Side rooftop Mr. Purple. Here, menu items range from hearty (bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches and grilled cheeses with gruyere) to healthy (kale Caesar and Cobb salads). There’s even a few brunch-geared sips like the Oliver Spritz with Grey Goose Citron and St. Germain and the Lucy’s Diamond with Domaine Chandon Sparkling. Brunch runs Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 180 Orchard St., 212-237-1790