Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel

4.2
177 reviews
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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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Sun 11:00AM - 3:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 3:00PM

What 177 People Are Saying
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

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NA
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great casual night out with girlfriends with wonderful view of the city. The food was amazing! DJ set up later in the evening added a good touch.

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DW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor service and modest food selection. Basically a hotel pool and some tables.

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BL
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was just awful. We had a table and we waited at least 45 minutes between drinks. The rooftop itself is very cool but for the prices the service should be much better!

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TW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

The service was abysmal, the drinks were overpriced and underwhelming, there was a mix-up with our bill then it took forever for it to be corrected. This was a very poor experience. It's important to note that this was not the main restaurant but the rooftop area. Poorly managed.

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S
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is one of the few rooftops that let me make reservations for a small party. I chose this place because it was expected to rain and it has a large covered area with great views. One of the members of my party is in a wheelchair and she had no issues with the location.

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M
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It is a great outdoor/rooftop spot for a gorgeous pre-summer afternoon cocktail and snack.
The food, cocktails and service outside were surprisingly good, as we went specifically for the outdoor view, which was quite sweet.
The noise level outside was chiller than it was inside.
The staff was quite professional, polite, fast, and efficient!
The only drawback for us was the 99.999% millennial //tourist customer base. I should have realized we'd be the oldest, or only locals in the joint, but we were well taken care of. I'd go back, and I'd bring some more over 40's with me.

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CT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

Whereas the service and food was great, it was way too loud and the music was turned up so far, it caused everyone to talk even louder. We had to leave to find another place just to talk and visit.

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WL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Portions EXTREMELY small. Service was soso, young adults staff and they lack attention to detail.

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a
London
18 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Lovely ambience and evening - pricy drinks and food but good portions - overall expensive but good eve

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OC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Bad service. After 30 min of confusing service, orders delivered wrongly and no attention we left for another place. The rooftop view is good.

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LO
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Fair in all areas

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RR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing, amazing sunset views! Food is wonderful. Service is a little slow but very friendly. Noise level
Too high to hold a conversation. Overall, I highly recommend it for an amazing rooftop experience.

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d
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very nice place to meet people in warm weather. Great outdoor ambiance. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Food is good. An advantage is that they take reservations.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Horrible service. View not even good

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KC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We got seated early and had some appetizers and drinks. Great experience. Prices on the high side.

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RE
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The hostess went out of her way to accommodate us. The food was very unique and different. And of course the view was outstanding. Perfect place to eat if you are going to the Lincoln center for an event

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O
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always nice but disappointed that even though I had a reservation; they still had no idea where to put us at first.

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GR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Great views, but the service was bad, at 6:30 on Sat they'd already run out of certain dishes and I found it overpriced. Took my mother for a special pre-show dinner and drink and was disappointed.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful view.
Good atmosphere, hospitality,
adequate for get together.

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M
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Too loud to carry on normal conversation.

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun place for drinks with a cool rooftop area. There was a waiting list for the outdoor spots but worth the wait. Drinks were good (pricey as is midtown)

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J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Enjoyable place to sit and relax, not for a full meal, but perfect for brunch on a lovely day.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The space is great, food and drinks mediocre and service abysmal. It’s a shame that such a great venue isn’t managed better

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RP
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience for breakfast and brunch...great, quiet place to visit with friends. I loved it!

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KZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The drinks were very good, the couches comfy, and the atmosphere lively. The only thing I would change is the "Gossip Girl" drink. It came in a copper "mule" type drink mug and no character in the show would have a drink in that sort of cup. It should have been in a martini glass. XOXO

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NN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet for drinks. Nice views. Plenty of both indoor and outdoor spaces.

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c
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Stopped here for lunch before going to Lincoln Center for a show. The drinks and food were terrific. The service was attentive and friendly. My sons graduation is later this year at Lincoln Center and I am thinking of going here for drinks afterwards.

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P
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view, food better than ordinary buffet but expensive for simple fare. Fruit was fresh and tasted like fruit and our server was as good as could be. Very attentive.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Everything was really good, nice people and excellent service. Good drinks but I wish the menu could be more complete

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AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to gather with friends and family. Awesome atmosphere.

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I
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Was there for drinks with a friend on Saturday. Very nice rooftop (indoor/outdoor), not too crowded, with good service. will have to come back to try the food!

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ST
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was really noisy here and totally not what I expected. The drink I had was really tasty, but I wouldn't recommend this spot as a place to hang out and talk with friends because it's just too loud and crowded. Also, they didn't do anything for my friend's birthday even though I put it in my reservation notes. What's the point of asking if there's a special occasion if you don't do anything for it...

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My 10 pm reservation for four was delayed due to the show getting out much later than the website had indicated for show times. Unfortunately it also resulted in the other couple needing to leave so my (now late) party was only two. Nevertheless the Empire Rooftop was both accommodating and courteous to the change. The wait staff was excellent and my wife and I enjoyed great drinks and very tasty food from this quaint oasis on top of the hotel. The outdoor roof area looked very inviting with great city views - however it was closed due to the time of year and outdoor temps. Would love to come back and experience this in the summertime.

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R
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The hostess put me on a table in an area of the restaurant with couples only. I was alone. When I was leaving and went to use the bathroom, I saw another area of the place full of people, much better than when I stayed... I would for sure had spent more time at the restaurant if I was in the other area.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Very trendy and more suitable to younger crowd, but still accommodating to older folks as long as you don’t mind the louder music and conversation. Great views of the city.

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T
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This rooftop bar has a lovely warm vibe and cozy seating areas. Great place for a drink and lite snack before a Lincoln Center performance.

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c
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Needs more Gossip Girl things on menu but I am biased. Overall, great time and great service!

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A
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared 4 appetizers. The tuna and the lobster tacos were amazing. Portions are just right for a taste. We also loved the cheese board with fig jam and mushroom flatbread which are a little more substantial. Drinks were great and view is amazing. Perfect for pre opera light dinner.

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KB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Right next to Lincoln Center. Delicious food, beautiful views, wonderful service. We will definitely be back!

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