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Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel

4.5
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257 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 257 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Neighbor
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have lived next door to the Empire Hotel for years but never knew they had a rooftop. It was a warm evening and so good to sit at comfortable banquettes in the fresh air with a city lights view. It was pretty well filled, mostly with young people. They serve drinks and snacks, but the snacks were really very good. Flatbreads, sliders, lots of good things to nibble on and we made it do for dinner. The help were very nice and efficient. I highly recommend this. There was an area that had a roof and an indoor space that was not used but it would be chilly to be out there if it were below 60's. I didn't see heat lamps but you might inquire if they are getting them.

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GEdwards
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service was terrible. The waiter forgot our order on multiple occasions. We ended up waiting 30 mins for a drink, only for us to have get up go to the bar and order ourselves.

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JoWa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had my ID as 21 and was with a 20 year old, we explicitly stated we were not drinking and just wanted to dine. We were turned away even though we had a reservation. Terrible service!

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FernandoT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! Nice view with a nice staff. Everything is socially distant.

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vipTmoney
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I had higher expectations for the drinks, but the food was great. It is fairly quiet during the week nights.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Amazing drinks and wonderful views!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will definitely come here again. I enjoyed myself and my friend were happy. Our server was amazing and she definitely made us feel safe!

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SophieB
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very good time at Empire rooftop, it has a lot of space even for large parties (we were 7). Very good cocktails and food !

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had a slight problem with the seating arrangement, It was quickly rectified. Everything else was great! Will definitely recommend and I'll be returning back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience. Beautiful view. The food was tasty. Good deal on the Prosecco bottle. I recommend going with friends or take that special someone on a date.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice for a quick and a quiet birthday gathering

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DBDs
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views of the Lincoln center and Lincoln Square. An amazing staff that brought us our food and drinks extremely fast and were very gracious towards us

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ChristinaP
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Would've liked to received better seating view was blocked from sunset

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vipDoWilliams
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Courteous

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AdamS
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Really nice rooftop space. It was large, spaced out and really nicely decorated. Good view up the upper west and very good service.
Food was ok.
I would definitely go back.

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JessicaK
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the drinks were incredible, and it is so much cheaper than other rooftop bars.

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StaceyE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the ambiance, service and the food! Will definitely be back!😊

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been my second time in a week here. It was very well set up for the “Safe Dining” experience. The service is incredibly quick. *Note* the food portions are larger for the right items. The staff will guide you through the menu if you ask. They also had a few specials. The food is shareable appetizers. All fine to noosh on. Cocktails were great. We were able to stay a bit later and even added another guest after asking the host pre hand. They were very accommodating. The Cabanas are nice if available.

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Raedobs
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cocktails were amazing, and the space is beautiful. Felt very safe with the capacity restrictions and space between tables.

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vipDario
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Food was good, drinks were amazing... we were rushed for sure even though we went 3 hours before closing time, they did last call at 9:30ish, but they close at 11pm. The music was HORRIBLE! on the top level. They were playing some OLD music, things my grandma listens to, and some awful rock. Finally somebody complaint and they started playing better music. It’s not worth going there honestly. A lot of trashy people go there, not sure why they pride themselves on “business casual”

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vipDavidW
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening! No wait for our table and excellent service. Beautiful setting and tables well spaced. Great food, drinks and views. Love the mushroom flatbread.

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KJDD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was a nice place with good food. Ambiance was really nice and staff was friendly and accommodating. You need to wear your mask when walking around but you can take it off at your table. Must order food with drinks due to Governor’s orders.

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vipsunshine
New York Area
509 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

have wanted to come here for a long time and finally made it and on my birthday as well.
the staff is very welcoming and obliging as to which table to get and the food and drinks are wonderful. everything is nicely spaced but was sorry to see later on that a group of young people was standing on the narrow staircase leading up to the top level without masks and making it hard to pass and no one from the staff asked them to step aside. this was dangerous in many ways and was upsetting.

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jesicag314
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambience was sublime, service excellent, drinks overpriced but that’s NYC for ya lol...the flatbread was a touch bland, could have used a bit more flavor...overall an excellent experience, will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went here with colleagues for brunch on a Sunday. Great ambiance. We were able to have food and drinks and were able to hear each other talk which was perfect !

Everything was amazing from the decor to the service. Clean and respected covid rules. I would totally come here again with friends for drinks and food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service

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NicholasP
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food and service was very fast and on time. They did tend to push us out at the end of the night but otherwise was a good experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice spot with great drinks. Rooftop prices.

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MerlynJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday outing, the ambiance was great, the drinks great, the food selection was great, not full entree size but filling enough if you order multiple options, the dessert menu can be better(we didn’t order due to limited options). But overall will come back and have recommended to friends to go.

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NdeyeF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

I felt unwelcome. And the manager was rude. He told me to wear my mask or get out. And they told us later to leave because they closing. Felt discriminated

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome rooftop bar! I am a huge gossip girl fan so this is an obvious choice (even got the XOXO Gossip Girl which is delish). Food & service was amazing. Definitely plan to return soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Katherine was the best! We had a great time.

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vipEddieM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The food was terrible. Gave everyone stomach problems the next day. They force you to order food with drinks (as per the Gov's law), but the food really is not worthy of a nice rooftop like this. Also the table next to use was WAY TOO close!

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vipViolet
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had a reservation that was confirmed the day before via email. When I arrived they were closed. No notification. No email. Very unprofessional!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place - service is always attentive, great location & food is tasty.

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JJJJ
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Very nice place, quiet and calm, with wonderful views, extremely pleasant -- above the hustle and bustle of the city. Price could be cheaper, particularly for drinks during daytime. And/or food should be of a higher standard.

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vipdavidk
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent and friendly. Food was very good and fresh. Only small issue is only a few tables for eating, as it more of a lounge area.

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Heidi
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The service was not good. The place was pretty empty and we sat for 15 minutes and no one came to take our order. We were seated next to the bathroom with no view of the city at all. We finally went up to the hostess and asked if we could move to have a view closer to the window - there were many spots open, and they said no. Since no one had bother to take our order, we just left. The $20 cocktails weren't worth the view of a bathroom and terrible service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

went for a special occasion (friends 21st birthday) and I put that note in the reservation and it was never mentioned. and I couldnt even get the waitresses attention long enough to ask if they did anything special. she took a verrrry long time to greet tables and would just stand there talking to other workers instead of greeting guests. it was definitely an underwhelming experience. and the food was fine. but would have been a much better experience if we received better service and if we felt as though we weren’t a burden on our server because she clearly didn’t want to be there.

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Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel is rated 4.5 stars by 257 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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