Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel

4.6
278 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 278 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
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4.6
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4.1
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kerry
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so warm and inviting even with the pending restaurant closures. The cocktails were excellent and it was overall a good vibe.

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DavidH
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great outdoor space for Iconic city views. Delicious drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing night out with friends for my birthday!

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jillS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Please put heaters for the outdoor dining because it was cold at night!!
We want to eat there through the pandemic and it will be too cold
Otherwise drinks food and service was great

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome service, beautiful rooftop with amazing views! Overall had an excellent time with incredible drinks!

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dianal
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Service was excellent. Shame for using frozen food. Poor quality. Cheap.

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TaylorC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live down the street and I always love coming to the Empire Rooftop after work with friends. My sister and I decided to stop in the other night and the service was wonderful as always.

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MelissaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rooftop experience tonight was perfect. Might have been 50 degrees but the rooftop bubble kept it warm and the service staff was exceptional. Party of 5 and ordered 7 small plates to share and couldn’t finish it all - so yummy. It was really well done!! Kudos

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

perfect night out! it almost made you forget about the pandemic for a few hours bc you were in the empire hotel’s signature chic rooftop ambience. excellent food, drinks and waitstaff. can’t wait to return!

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Scully
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Just beautiful. Wish the menu had more of a variety for vegetarians. Great ambiance inside and out. Service was on point with pleasant staff. Will be back.

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vipMcme
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful night and a great space. The service was very good and the food was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great value for money. The drinks and food prices were really reasonable. Beautiful ambiance but surprisingly not very much energetic environment more quiet than your usual rooftop. The views are gorgeous and overall a good visit.

KM
KiaM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A good spot for grabbing a drink and a small social gathering .

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Aspen
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We did not realize it was inside when there were pictures advertising it being outside.

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NadiaB
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places I been visiting in NYC , totally recommended, service food and Drinks are excellent!!

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RVNYC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great cocktails, super nice service, stunning views. Awesome atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was very very good - the mahi tacos were unreal! Overall this is a very cute and trendy spot with good vibes. Service wasn’t bad just pretty slow and it wasn’t busy.

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MehakB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not what I expected. Very basic menu, basic ambiance and basic service. I expected a more high end experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome.
Food was delicious, drinks even better.

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Neighbor
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
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
8 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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Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel is rated 4.6 stars by 278 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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