Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel
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Sun 11:00AM - 3:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 3:00PM
Fantastic place to enjoy great company and a few cocktails
Great views. It wasn't too busy the evening I went so it was nice and quiet. I assume it can get a lot more packed and loud though. Cocktails were awesome, priced as you might expect (around $20 from what I remember) and very well done. Would definitely recommend the barrel aged old fashioned.
The food was good in taste but pricey for such a small portion. I don't eat a lot in volume so if it is small for me then it is too small for the average consumer. Addressing the food cost or portion would be my only suggestion.
The views were great and stretched.
Service was very attentive without being intrusive. Our server was wonderful and made an art of it. I can't remember her name but she was a black woman, slightly tall, slender, braids, and one of the best in NYC (I describe her appearance in case the restaurant reads these reviews for them to let her know that a customer was very impressed with her).
Overall a great experience and would definitely go back.
We liked it except the noise level which is overwhelming from too loud music and some rowdy clientele
This is an expensive arrangement, and you more or less serve yourself. We had to go to the bar and order drinks/food. We'd carry both back, unless the food wasn't ready - then it was brought to the table. The food is good, nothing special. However, we only did appetizers. So let's just say the food met our needs and requirements.
As a get-together and hangout on a rooftop spot, this can't really be beat by many places - all rooftops are expensive. But on a warm, sunny evening, and having the entire corner to ourselves it was worthwhile.
So, food and drink expensive, ambience and location excellent. Great views. Definitely worthwhile, but it's very dependent on what you're looking for.
Loved the view and the ambience from the 3 levels...I did not realize there were multiple levels and nooks and crannies. I did Brunch and cannot wait to go back to check out the night ambience! Oh the food, I loved the salmon and pastrami bagels and the flatbread dish.
“Jezz” was our server - she was outstanding.
Loved it here!!! Lovely food and drinks!
They have to learn how to do a good cocktail
Food was not good , no much to choose, and that is not what we expected
Great service and food and music! Would definitely come back and recommend to friends.
One of our top three highlights, ”doing New York” for a week. Thanks!
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.
Poor service and modest food selection. Basically a hotel pool and some tables.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Portions EXTREMELY small. Service was soso, young adults staff and they lack attention to detail.
Lovely ambience and evening - pricy drinks and food but good portions - overall expensive but good eve
Bad service. After 30 min of confusing service, orders delivered wrongly and no attention we left for another place. The rooftop view is good.
Fair in all areas
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.
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.
Horrible service. View not even good
We got seated early and had some appetizers and drinks. Great experience. Prices on the high side.
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
Always nice but disappointed that even though I had a reservation; they still had no idea where to put us at first.
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.
Good atmosphere, hospitality,
adequate for get together.
Too loud to carry on normal conversation.
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)
Enjoyable place to sit and relax, not for a full meal, but perfect for brunch on a lovely day.
The space is great, food and drinks mediocre and service abysmal. It’s a shame that such a great venue isn’t managed better
Very nice experience for breakfast and brunch...great, quiet place to visit with friends. I loved it!
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
Great place to meet for drinks. Nice views. Plenty of both indoor and outdoor spaces.
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.
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.