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Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel
21 and Over
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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.
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.
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!
Great time! Nice view with a nice staff. Everything is socially distant.
I had higher expectations for the drinks, but the food was great. It is fairly quiet during the week nights.
Amazing drinks and wonderful views!
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!
Very good time at Empire rooftop, it has a lot of space even for large parties (we were 7). Very good cocktails and food !
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!
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.
Nice for a quick and a quiet birthday gathering
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
Would've liked to received better seating view was blocked from sunset
Excellent wait staff! ..
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.
The food was amazing, the drinks were incredible, and it is so much cheaper than other rooftop bars.
Really enjoyed the ambiance, service and the food! Will definitely be back!😊
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.
Cocktails were amazing, and the space is beautiful. Felt very safe with the capacity restrictions and space between tables.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Really nice spot with great drinks. Rooftop prices.
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.
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
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!
Katherine was the best! We had a great time.
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!
I had a reservation that was confirmed the day before via email. When I arrived they were closed. No notification. No email. Very unprofessional!
We love this place - service is always attentive, great location & food is tasty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.