Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel

4.6
455 Reviews
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
The Empire Rooftop is situated on the 12th Floor of The Empire Hotel overlooking Lincoln Center. Complete with East and West Terraces, the lounge has two bars, a working fireplace, and a retractable roof on the West Terrace.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 455 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible service. We were seated outside. About 20 minutes after getting our drinks, we were told by our waiter that the manager needed us to move to accommodate a bigger party, even though we had a reservation

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ClaireK
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Pork Belly Bao and Sliders!

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vipShaerae
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t miss the mushroom on flat bread drizzled with truffle oil!

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Amani
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the setting and the service was outstanding

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was terrible, had to ask for a server after 20 minutes

Never got my drink.

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JeffreyH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We wanted a place to hang out and enjoy bar food and drinks for 2 hours before a performance at Lincoln Center. I was encouraged by the strict enforcement of vaccine mandates. The hostess was welcoming and cordial. We explained that we wanted to relax a good while and enjoy food and drink and were most welcome to do so. The cocktails are spectacular (especially the Empire Sunrise) and I thoroughly enjoyed our 2-hour stay.

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ClaudiaG
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!! You guys hooked it up with the best birthday spot ever!!! Absolutely coming back thanks fam

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KennethB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The view is great (especially if you like towers and Lincoln Center), the small bites are delicious, but on this night the service was very slow (there was a private event in a portion of the Rooftop, so I don't know if some staff were relegated to work there exclusively).

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RobertM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even as a native New Yorker, I was unaware of this hidden gem! Wonderful setting; tasty food, drinks served by a friendly staff…I’d go back.

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CynthiaV
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing great outside area - delicious food and drinks.

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MJattz
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Drinks were well crafted and delicious. Apps were tasty. Nice views. Cool vibe and patrons. Will def go back.

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rdrdr
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

grerat rooftop dining near lincoln center. small plates and drinks were nice before the curtain went up

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Unhappy
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had a reservation, got there at 11:50, doorman says last call is at midnight and refuses to allow entry. Literal business hours listed on their website say:

MON - WED 3:00 PM - 1:00 AM
THU & FRI 3:00 PM - 2:00 AM
SAT 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
SUN 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM

We showed up on a Thursday night.

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DanielaK
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

It was not even packed and the service took a long time, however, the view, music, and general vibe was amazing

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VLVB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

would have liked to be on the top level but outside main level was very pleasant

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Jack
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a cool, beautiful, relatively quiet rooftop with delicious drinks

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Petrey
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a good time. Very chill in the afternoon. Highly recommend.

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Jclark
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous views, paired with delicious food and drinks. Originally we were seated outside but was too hot and the hostess accommodated us with a table inside with just as amazing views. We will definitely be back for the next time we attend the ballet, which is right across the street.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food1service5ambience5

Jose our server was amazing but everyone in our party felt very sick after we all got home and my husband said he will never go back I’m so sad!

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Osborn
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Realt nice ambiance for drinks and good conversation.

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Jason
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot!

Beautiful view, very busy so get your orders in with staff as you can.

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vipVivianM
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome rooftop in a hidden location that you would not expect. Great views, music, appetizers & cocktails. Very relaxing.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It should be a good idea to fix the two letters that are fused from the main empire sign. It is an important selling Point and advertised on people’s social media for not to be in good condition.
But overall it was good. We went on a Monday, so it was not that busy but I liked the drinks and food.

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AnwarHussein
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

May be my expections were high given the location and name of the place but I was shocked to see how poorly run it is. I went there for my girlfriend’s birthday and I asked a candle with a cake to come after our meal on my reservation page, they didn’t see it, I asked them if they could arrange it when I got there in person, they didn’t seem happy about my request but they agreed. But then after our meal nothing came. Waited and waited and finally went up to the girl controlling the reservation and asked here if she was able to arrange my request. She basically said we forgot and to my surprise had the audacity to ask the me “do you still want it?” I was shocked. I was expecting at least a “I’m so sorry let me check” but that was a slap on my face.

Long story short the service is bad. At least when I was there. And for a place like that, not acceptable.

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LornaV
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and healthy. The waitress are really kind. We love the view, music and place. Perfect Birthday

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visit from out of state guests/birthdays was very good. It felt good to be outdoors, staff was attentive and friendly, food was very good and the drinks were actually perfect and festive. Easy to get to for us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great; however, the service was just okay. They must assign more professional & friendly staff for guests.

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vipMaryS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always , the Empire Rooftop was terrific!! Friendly , welcoming staff : great ambience and excellent cocktails and appetizers ! We are regulars and always have a great time!!

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AndrewA
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been many times and will continue to come back. One of the best rooftops in NYC!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

They already were asking vaccine cards which sucks and the server was not very attentive but the food and drinks were good and standard for nyc spots. It’s a very cute spot. Some of the lights were out in the sign lol but no biggie

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AlmaB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very relaxing place with a beautiful view! Perfect for after work drinks with colleagues or friends!

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KatherineF
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this rooftop. Beautiful views of the city and a really great atmosphere. Not too loud and the food was great and the drinks were too!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great patio all around!

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vipMaryS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great time at the Empire Rooftop Bar !
Elpidio and his staff are the best !

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CarolB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful rooftop setting with very attentive and friendly employees. Appetizers and drinks delicious

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BethanyK
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect birthday evening! Views were awesome, service was 5 star, food & cocktails were incredible.

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vipFoodieGirl
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails and terrific service. Fun vibe. Good music. My only complaint is the plastic straws - wish they would nix these for an environmentally-friendly substitute or skim 'em altogether. We requested our cocktails sans straws and they were delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

There was a very long hair in my food, so we had to send it back. GROSS! Also, the women’s bathroom was disgusting. It’s a shame I would have given this place higher ratings but I can’t because of those issues.

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PatS
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely staff, friendly and jot rushed. Quiet enough to talk. Private enough to feel safe with Covid. Accommodating when we asked to be seated outside when the reservation was for inside.

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dianae
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Perfect for a fun night out. The weather was perfect and we sat on the rooftop. Fun drinks and yummy apps. Enjoy.

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Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel is rated 4.6 stars by 455 OpenTable diners.

Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/the-empire-rooftop-new-york/.

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.

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