Castell Rooftop Lounge

4.5
276 Reviews
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Nestled atop AC Hotel New York Times Square, this cozy rooftop bar recaptures the spirit of the classic cocktail lounge, with extra emphasis on martinis. Iconic views enhance the venue's contemporary décor in a sophisticated but comfortable (read: not stuffy) atmosphere. Enjoy the intimacy of a fireplace lounge showcasing abstract art. Gather ‘round the luxe granite bar. Or go out for drinks – literally – on the lush, open-air terrace.

In accordance with the NYC mandate, and for the safety and well-being of our team members and guests, proof of vaccination will be required for dine in service, effective Monday, August 30, 2021. Please bring proof of vaccination with at least one dose (CDC card, NY Excelsior Pass, NYC COVID Safe app, or official vaccine record) and a valid photo ID. If you are unable to provide proof of your vaccination status you are welcome to place an order to go.

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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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jmol
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place! Beautiful views. Fireplace indoor is sooo cozy if it's cold outside. No cancellation fees. Reservation policy is very flexible, it's okay if entire party is not there or if moderate change in party size. Drinks and food are delicious, a bit expensive but that is expected. Staff are incredibly kind and hospitable, they even called me to ask if I wanted an earlier reservation time because they wanted us to have more time before they closed. Recommend 110%!!!!!!!

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vipTonyM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Drinks were incredible. Food was fine. Beautiful atmosphere.

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Awesome
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Service was slow, but the manager came out to apologize and discounted our check.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful and tranquil environment with great drinks abs excellent city views

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Lauren
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was a clutch spot for after dinner drinks. With a perfect night's cape over the city, drinks were delicious and creative and the staff was pleasant and offered great recommendations. With lots of rooftop bars to choose from I am so glad we ended up at Castells!!

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vipDavidDR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 3rd visit to Castell. It's a cool spot. The space is beautiful. The staff is friendly. The craft cocktails are interesting (note: not cheap, but very good.)

The menu is more light bites, not elaborate variety - but all tasty and well-prepared. It's nice to have a sophisticated place like this in mid-town. It's not overly crazy like a club scene. Just a very comfortable place to gather with friends or coworkers. We had the sofa area in front of the fire place inside, and it was very nice. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks. Staff was very attentive. Best Manhattan I’ve ever had.

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LuciaR
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice
The meat and cheese option was great and wonderful wine by the glass

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

This was the most rude waitress I’ve ever had. Don’t know what her problem was but she was rude from the very start to me and my girlfriends for no reason.

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AbdurR
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was fantastic and was very accommodating. The vibe was perfect and great views.

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JenniferB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

The rooftop is a great place to grab a drink and quick meal and escape from the fast paced streets below. The squash flatbread and potatoes were AMAZING. The empinadas were not. The service was slow but we nenjoyed ourselves nonetheless!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as well as the ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I’ve been to Castell before for drinks and love the ambiance. It gives off an upscale vibe. The drinks are great, the service is great, you don’t feel like the tables are on top of each other. Love the flow from inside to outside. My one qualm is the food. The portions are way too small. I know they are supposed to be snacks but the hummus came in one of those cups for ketchup. Great for drinks but definitely will be eating before next time.

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Sophyntastic
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food, ambience, and music is awesome. Service was good, but had to ask for water which is a pet-peeve for me personally - the PM shift did better replenishing water. Also, the outdoor cushion seating area was a bit dirty, and could see stains and crumbs through the seams - perhaps from the previous reservation. We ordered several plates, but due to the small table - we had to put plates on the chair - I recommend servers asking if we want all the orders placed or if we want them as soon as there's table clearance. Appetizers & Entrees should not come at the same time (unless requested). Overall the space was awesome, would definitely come back.

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MitchellB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

So fun! Really enjoyed the mocktails and cocktails, and the food was fun!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

The food was poor at beats me the server was the worst I’ve had so far in NY. The music was good but way to loud. Difficult to talk to each other. View was the best part of the meal.

Find another roof top…

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Terrible service. Our waiter couldn’t answer questions about the menu and had an attitude that we were inconveniencing him.
Food was mediocre. I expect more than basic white bread on a $20 appetizer.
Ambience is as fantastic! Drinks were good.

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vipTanjalaH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

You don’t get the rooftop experience because you can’t see over anything. Also, we made a reservation for a party of 5 and because we didn’t want to sit in barstools our waiter put us at a booth to share one small cocktail table for 4. When they noticed we spread out to use the other table we were told we may have to move you over and use this table for someone else, but for now you can stay there. How the heck 5 people eat at one small cocktail table? Food was bland, drinks were okay. Waiter’s demeanor was very absolute and subpar. I wouldn’t return. If I did, it would only be for drinks.

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IsisR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Good drinks, ambiance and service, but the food menu is quiet short

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MarkB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Bartender seemed to not hear our requests very well even though we were right on top of him
Music was not too loud to where we felt the level of misunderstanding could have been understood.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

There were several cockroaches on the roof…

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Food was really bad, chicken tasted not great and the speed and stale taste of our potato’s definitely reheated but drinks and rooftop vibes were great….

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Blueberry
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice rooftop bar, food and service were good. Music was too loud and bad selection. Manger tried to help, lowered volume but was still uncomfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Good cocktails and nice views. Wondering why they don’t cover the furniture for rain ? after it stops raining people could go out if the furniture was not soaking wet

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KaseyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance, staff and overall experience! Will definitely come again.

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MirnaA
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was terrible and so was the service. I had specifically requested a birthday dessert for my moms birthday with a candle in it, and ordered a dessert so that they’d send it out with a candle and they didn’t do it. They didn’t even have patatas bravas because they ran out of potatoes and we came at 4pm when they first opened for the day.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks. Our server was awesome. Unfortunately the outside deck was closed because of tropical storm Henri, but the views were still very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Great views. Interesting drinks. Food was adequate.

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vipMilaK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This rooftop is in a great location, and the food is good, but the service is lukewarm

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GlennRaucher
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is a case where first impressions were not determinative.

I met a friend for a happy hour drink, close to the start of the happy hour time. Walking in to the host stand, the first thing I noticed, as with so many places in the city, was fairly loud music. This was at a time where there was almost literally no one there.

Our first outside table was one where the volume would have made it difficult for us to converse, so the staff moved us...to another table that did not quite work.

Finally, we moved to a corner couch, where the speakers were far enough away that the volume was less of an issue.

That move was also the turn of the experience. The staff were patient and understanding, and did their best to accommodate us.

The happy hour menu was small, but satisfactory. (And the summer ale delicious). Each of the wait staff were pleasant and just attentive enough. The food we got--the spinach and cheese empanadas--was quite tasty, and a reasonable portion. (I'd recommend changing the portion to an even number of items, for splitting, however).

The view was very "Gotham", with lots of the surrounding architecture and plenty of sky visible.

Note that a gratuity is automatically added, though you can add extra. The service was very good, and made us feel well watched over.

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RobB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Had drinks and apps bill was $273 for two people which i did not mind because the place was nice i was annoyed cause we got rushed out of our table the hostess came up to my friend and i and said we actually needed to leave that another party was coming and i wanted another drink it was odd to say the least to hear i needed to go when i am still ordering so yea i would not recommend coming to a place like this expensive and get rushed of there.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Really good vibes. I went w a date. We got there around 6/7ish on a Monday. So there was the after work crowd plus some other date nighters it looked like. This place is very well decorated and the staff is very friendly and attentive. We just ordered a couple of small plates and the food was super tasty. It’s priced like New York. But if you want good views, good drinks, and a good Rooftop in Manhattan: this is the one.

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JessicaB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views and happy hour 4-6pm. Highly recommend for a girls night out or a date night.

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BibiSD07192103
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice visit - I would recommend it definitely! Maybe make an reservation and ask to sit outside!

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vipNt2209
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Drinks are amazing ! Food good but small plates . Service was lacking .

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vipBrittanyH
Nashville
26 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great rooftop views! Tapas and wine were very good, and the services was excellent. Will definitely recommend and go back!

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MarynaK
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice and tasty, we enjoyed the cocktails and food.

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NoelO
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly service and incredible view of the Empire State! The buffalo chicken pizza is a must!

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cmpessoa
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool place!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!! From hosts to the servers. Everyone was professionally welcoming. Castell was everything its branding stated. The ultimate NYC Rooftop is sandwiched in the TimeSq area. The 21st Fl view gives panoramic views for miles. The quintessential-grown-folks NYC nightlife experience. The drinks & small plate options are mouthwatering tastebud entertaining. And best of all no bad selfie-angle shots.

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Castell Rooftop Lounge is rated 4.5 stars by 276 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.