Elsie Rooftop

3.8
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$30 and under
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Welcome to Elsie Rooftop

Elsie de Wolfe created the first penthouse in the 20’s. Also known as Lady Mendl, Elsie was an American actress, interior decorator, and author of the influential novel The House in Good Taste, and a prominent figure in New York, Paris, and London society. If there are no tables available to reserve, we encourage you to stop by and enjoy our communal bar area. For all inquiries, please email us at info@elsierooftop.com, or call us at 646 834 2291


Monday - Thursday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Kitchen open until 10:00 pm

Friday - Saturday
12:00 pm to 4:00 am
Kitchen open until 10:00 pm

Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Kitchen open until 10:00 pm
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Specials

Prosecco Special for 2s

Complimentary glass of Prosecco with the purchase of 1 dessert for a table of 2.
2 glass max per table

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 4, 2019

Ends: November 5, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:00PM-9:00PM

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Mon - Wed 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 4:00PM - 11:45PM

What 83 People Are Saying
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3.4
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4.0
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3.2
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64% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Awesome will be back! Outdoor seating area is great.

MC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service1ambience1

The view is really disappointing as the building isn’t very high.
Absolutely no ambiance. The waitresses took a long time to come and looked very bored and snobbish. We felt we were really bothering them !
Drinks are pretty expensive and we thought they could give away a few peanuts or potatoe chips with them (we ordered 6 drinks).
We went to other rooftops that were much nicer and welcoming.

I
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I work in the area and have wanted to try this location for some time now. I'm glad that I finally did, however, I wish I had done it during the summer as the outdoor area is lovely, but a little cool to sit outside in NY earlier this week. I rated the food as average despite the fact that we didn't eat, but I couldn't complete this review without the rating. Drinks were good, but expensive. But I say that matter of factly as I understand this is a NYC rooftop bar.

DC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

nice place, nice views and good drinks and good attention

H
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was beautiful and the servers were so helpful and gracious!

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time enjoying after work dinner and cocktails. Will definitely return.

RP
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Muy agradable experiencia! Destiny fue muy atenta en el servicio! El lugar es muy bonito y precio promedio de los rooftop. Fuimos en lunes a celebrar mi cumpleaños👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼.
Recomiendo tener algo especial para este tipo de ocasión, un macarrón o una galleta, algo, un distintivo para el cumpleañero!

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome lounge feel early on (~9) and very clubby by the time we left (~11:30). Awesome spot, the tuna was great!

MP
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It is a beautiful rooftop bar/restaurant. The selection for food is not extensive but very good.

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked an outdoor table able and we have been only offered a seat at the entrance indoor, as a private event was going on outdoor. We left the place.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Drinks were ok. Food was also ok. The service could of been a little bit better in my opinion, felt as if I was waiting a little longer then usually

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Their rooftop is always booked for private parties and they would give a table in a small corner which does not have a view at all. Limited food options and expensive drinks.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot!!

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

My girlfriend and I made a reservation about 1 month prior to coming here on a Thursday evening. Little did we know that apparently they were celebrating their one year anniversary that night along with other “events” so it was very crowded at 7:15 pm. When we arrived at the main entrance on the street level and gave our name for our reservation, we were told by the staff that there were no more tables left??? Even though we had a reservation, it was not being honoured as there were just too many events going on! Well then someone should have notified us the night before or even the day of and we would have gone somewhere else... I was very disappointed by this but we went upstairs anyway to speak to the hostess on the rooftop to see if she could do anything. She also told us there were no tables left without an apology or even an offer for a complementary drink... very poor service! Within a few minutes though, we noticed that a table outside opened up, so we were able to be seated. It took quite a while for the waitress to come over to take our drink order and even longer for it to arrive.... we were not impressed at all!! The bar itself is nice as is the outdoor rooftop patio and there was a gorgeous sunset that night as well.... but they really need to get their act together in terms of customer service because it was very lacking here that night! At the very least they should have offered us a free drink... we will definitely not be back!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food2service3ambience4

I would recommend only under the circumstances of know what you’re getting into. It’s an extremely beautiful venue and view is amazing but I do feel some of food items are a little over priced for the portion you receive. Drinks are pricey too $18-20 per drink but they are good and strong. Service was a little slow for it not being busy & I found a hair in my food, which they quickly remedied which is good. It’s definitely a bucket list place & Instagram worthy for photos and such but I’m not certain I go again.

J
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Looks different from the pictures I did make a reservation 3 day before and when I arrived they said I have to wait 30 more minutes

MT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Food was very good, loved the rooftop, poor wine selection, and way overpriced.

D
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Outdoor seating offers great view towards the Hudson river. Hearty appetizers great for sharing and tasty drinks from the bar.

CB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed despite our reservation this was a disappointment as it was a very hot day to be walking there for no reason

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked a table at Elsie Rooftop almost a month before the reserved date. A friend from Italy was visiting and I wanted to show him the unique NYC rooftop experience that locals enjoy. Elsie and/or Open Table allowed me to book a table for a Sunday evening, but when I arrived prior to my reservation, Elsie was closed. I am disappointed that Open Table allowed me to book a reservation when the restaurant was closed, and that Elsie did not call me to change the reservation knowing that they would be closed.

HD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal!

SO
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

My group had an amazing time, and it was a perfect night to be outside. We will be back!

TA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Good food and drinks, make sure you're dressed nicely. Service could be a tad faster but the servers are nice.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

There was an event that ran into our reservation. We were seated 15 min late and people from the event kept putting their empty cocktails on our table. The beauty of the rooftop, deliciousness of the food, and good attitude from the servers saved the experience.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Beautiful place for appetizers and a view!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made reservations and when we arrived they said they had a private event. Went back 3 times and they said they had private events. Really then why are they on open accepting reservations?!!!! When u are are a trip and make reservations you shouldn’t have to change your plans last minute as you stand in the street!!!!

ND
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food and drinks were great. The ambience was also lovely. I was however disappointed in the service by our waitress. She seemed to exude zero interest in her job . She was Luke warm and pretty detached. I would have enjoyed my stay much better with better customer service. At least act like you want to be here. Overall I’d come back but probably wouldn’t want her waiting on me again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Don’t bother making a reservation. The host didn’t even know what Open Table was or that I even had a reservation for 8 people.

She said she’d speak to her manager about getting a table together but never came back to seat me. I had to find my own seating for 8 people.

Service was nonexistent. They charge $2 for a glass of water.... just don’t waste your time. One of the worst bar experiences I’ve ever had.

RC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience2

they sat us all the way to the back outside which is not bad but it was really hot and Fans were not enough.

R
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

There was some type of event going on and the service was a little slow. I don’t know if there was a direct correlation between the two. The food was very good. It was very loud and noisy. Even outdoors on the patio was still loud. But inside you couldn’t hear anything. However, it was worth trying it out.

LC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Don’t bother going here. At the table beside us, a tree fell onto the table and smashed all the glasses on it. These poor people had paid for bottle service too and the staff were not quick to clean up the mess. At the table to our other side, the waiter lost a mans credit card. We only had simple drinks (g&t) because the waiter said the specialty cocktails weren’t available. Really? It’s a Saturday and they wouldn’t make the cocktails on their menu. I’d understand if it was busy but the place was dead. Overall not worth it, service sucked and no cocktails! Beautiful venue but the experience was not good

T
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance & service

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Trotz Reservierung keinen Tisch bekommen. Scheint System zu haben. Laut ist die Untertreibung des Jahrhunderts!! Man muss sich anschreien.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Horrible service will never come back. Food mediocre and over priced.

AS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice space. Bartenders and waitress were very professional, nice and answered any questions we had. I will be back!!

m
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I don't typically leave negative reviews, but my experience at Elsie Rooftop was far from pleasant. Between the overpriced cocktails with hair in them, rude manager, and having to climb two flights of stairs to find a bathroom in the building, I have nothing positive to say. I expected much more from the website, but after reserving a table inside and being sat outside in a grungy corner, I was less than impressed. Definitely disappointed.

PA
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience1

We book the venue in January and it was to celebrate my 40th birthday. As I live in Sydney we wanted the night to be amazing and the research I had done Elise’s looked perfect. I had 8 friends who had flown in from the uk to help me celebrate. We had been in contact with the venue on day to confirm if smart shorts were accepted. On arrival to the venue we checked and and was shown to the lift it was all very exciting. Until we exited he lift and was told the whole venue was booked out for a private party. Seeing how upset we were the staff quickly made a table next to the staff room under a hoarding. This meant no view I asked to talk to the manager who explained there was nothing she could do and advise if we stay until 11pm she would give us a round of free shots. We tried to make the best of the night but had to leave at 830 due to our table being under a speaker and you could not hold a conversation.
The night was totally ruined there was also a girl celebrating her 30 birthday and she received the same treatment as my group. I would accept to see many bad reviews on google over the next few days for both sets of guests.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, our group really enjoyed Elsie Rooftop; definitely expensive, but you're paying to be on a rooftop in Manhattan, so not unexpected. Others noted the reservation management issues, and we had the same (reservation for 8, four of us arrived early so they sat us at a location that was maybe ok for 6, with a promise to move us when the rest of our party arrived closer to our reservation time. When we asked, we were told there was no where else to move us). Having said that, we made it work and enjoyed the evening. Waitresses were great and food was quite good as well. Would definitely go back.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Generally love this bar but for some reason they were over booked and my reservation was not honored. Service was awful.

ES
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I made a reservation for 11 and confirmed it multiple times with the staff. When I arrived I was notified that the terrace had been bought out and my part for 11 would have to start at the very crowded bar "hope" a table opens up. There was no explanation for why I wasn't contacted to inform me my table wasn't ready and the staff was completely unsympathetic - not even a free drink for the inconvenience. I wouldn't go back or recommend this place to a friend -- there's plenty of other places in NYC to go that are way more buttoned up and respectful when it comes to accommodating guests and large parties. Pro Tip: don't go.