The Ready Rooftop

4.4
105 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Collegial yet refined, The Ready at Moxy East Village feels like an escape from the New York daily grind. The eclectic décor (strung lights, a vine-strewn mural, a bar made of plastic milk crates) and unique food and beverage offerings create a relaxed rooftop experience—like a coveted New York City backyard. The retractable glass walls and roof allow for all-season panoramic views of the East Village and beyond.

We are currently accepting reservations up to 14 days in advance but walk-ins are welcome pending availability.

For immediate reservation assistance or large party inquiries, please email nyreadyinfo@taogroup.com

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • 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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 105 people are saying
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TheBodisatfa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Great location. Great Rooftop. Fun Decor.
The mixed speciality cocktails were good if you like sweet drinks.
The food was good, but they basically just have chips and tacos on their menu.
The service was good but slow, and it wasn't even packed. Maybe they were short-staffed. The music was very loud even with a small crowd, so had to shout a bit to have a conversation. Overall the experience was aight.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Reservations 8:30pm on a Sunday, bar not crowded ample seating and can talk to your party with no difficulty. Order drinks/food through phone and would arrive extremely fast great service.

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Dgirl518
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

such a cute rooftop, all decorated with pink flamingos for Christmas

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Arleezy
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

not exactly what a rooftop in nyc is like
the drinks ok and service good the vibe is wack.I would not recommend looks way better in their marketing photos than in person.

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elcultoalavida
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Really cool place, nice vibes but overpriced for the quality

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ThuyDungT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place with great service and good food&drinks. Not to mention the view is amazing!

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vipBrenda
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Amazing service :) Easy to order so good for big groups!

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Tallon
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

It was not that busy when we went which was great. When we arrived via the elevator one of the bartenders was expecting us and helped us get seated. The bar was pretty empty and we asked to sit in a particular area. He said no and sat us in a crowded corner (which was honestly fine since I don't know what practices and processes they follow I guess).

We were there for a few hours and there were a lot of empty seats so we probably could have just sat where we wanted (oh well not a big deal I guess).

The problem I did have with the place is the cocktail selection was super limited and the servers and bartenders were really not tentative at all. We asked for water like three times before we got some.

The hard part is that it was not really and open bar type environment (otherwise I would have just went up to the bar and grabbed by own water). We ordered like any other restaurant with a QR code and got the drinks and food to our table.

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victoriah
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Nacho chips were either really hard or stale. Not very good. My tacos and drink were tasty. Was very loud so it was hard to talk. Not a great dinner spot. Better for getting drinks and "going out"

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vipJNYC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

It was a cool space, not super large but enclosed roof. Went for evening drinks (no food), music was quite loud - ordered from app and drinks came quickly. Not cheap but drinks were pretty good, decent selection of drinks from a can.

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vipHeidi
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I don’t post negative reviews often at all but am making an exception after our shocking experience at The Ready Rooftop. The abusive treatment started before we even reached the elevator. You need to be aware the restaurant uses the “Studio 54” cordon concept to keep patrons at bay - except, there were none, other than our party of three people in our 60s waiting patiently to enter for dinner. When we went to check in at the outside reservation table, we were immediately assaulted by a jacked up greeter (whose name rhymes with “leave”) who showered us with inappropriate and uncalled for abuse for no reason other than our trying to check in. The palaver concerned whether we should touch the velvet rope between the curb and the check-in location where we were (wait for it) required to check in. Overall a bizarre welcome and completely unrelated to Covid protocols. Just a tirade of abusive and irrational yelling at our dutiful party, achieving no purpose. We should have left then, but shouldered on. The external check-in person then could not find our reservation, which we presented on our phone. Another sign to turn back. Rattled, we still ventured upstairs through the tired ‘80s neon and black decor to the roof restaurant where the music was literally deafening even for people ready to party. The hostess took one look at our reaction and volunteered where else to go for dinner: clearly not her first trip to this rodeo. By the way the view is eclipsed by the thick plastic tarp over the rooftop so don’t bother if that’s your goal. Just don’t bother at all - unless you like abuse and don’t care to hear your friends. To management: Find a new greeter.

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MattU
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great staff, beautiful ambiance. Food was very good but a limited menu, drink ma were good.

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Rana
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! The food portions a little bit smaller than expected.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Pretty good and nice vibes

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m1992
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

defiantly a great spot for a chill sunday afternoon with friends.

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AngelinaJ
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

A covered rooftop with an underwhelming view from the tables. Loud bar and every drink is just too sweet. Sugar in all drinks -not enjoyable

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

If you are looking for a very expensive Rooftop with bad music and pretentious ambience this is the place for you.
Not welcoming and overpriced

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience2

The bartenders were great. Security was just rude and unwelcoming. Closes at 11 pm, which is fine, but how the security forcefully made us leave and made us crowd into one corner by the elevator was definitely not right. No one should be forced to be on top of people. We were all going to exit but it was distasteful and unnecessary.

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dreea88
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was one of the cutest roof tops! The noise and music level were fun but you could still have a conversation.

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kayy
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience3

everything was way overpriced and the view was blocked by tall buildings but overall it was pretty nice

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NicoleS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place for a birthday / other celebration! Great music scene and energy

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AM147
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food3service1ambience5

Waited 45 minutes for a table even with reservation. Staff was extremely rude.

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HollyL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Overall good experience. The ambience was great, my only comment would be how loud the music was. I could barely here the person talk sitting next to me.

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NatalieY
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was such nice rooftop bar, very great view, you get to see the sky with out any skyscrapers in the way. I went during the sunset and saw this beautiful gradient in the sky. There are music but not super loud so I can hear and have conversations with my friend and enjoy the drink. The cocktail and the taco were nice, kinda wish there is more food options.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation and was refused a table after they threatened a $60 cancellation fee.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

small portions overpriced watered down drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Cool, hip lounge vibe. Rez, seating, views, service and tacos were amazing. Bathroom was out of TP and dirty otherwise great overall experience.

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AndrewC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome time, we celebrated my girlfriends birthday and the service was great and accommodating! Highly recommend

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CHFoodLover
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

The Ready was friendly, and the ambiance like a friend's backyard. Overall, we enjoyed the evening immensely. The canned drinks were cute, but did not taste particularly good. I would recommend the frozen drinks or using the full bar section of the menu instead.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Loved the rooftop but what was confusing was there was no real service. You ordered through the QR code but there was no server around to ask for utensils, etc. otherwise it’s a really nice place

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Elena
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Was in town for a friends wedding. The view wasn’t as amazing as I thought it’d be. Was very pretty but the pictures made it look a bit better than it was. I didn’t realize most the drinks would be cans. Wish I would have tried the food but we had just come from dinner. Smelled amazing though!

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vipPaolaK
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great rooftop bar! Food was great and the drinks were amazing. Loved the way you can order and pay for the drinks and food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a rooftop the food was great! The drinks were amazing and the vibe was great. Love this bar.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Rude staff at reception

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool atmosphere, very young and energetic

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Really fun place. Only issue was ordering food and never receiving it until we spoke up.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overpriced for quality

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MizD
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

As a longtime East Village resident, I am happy to support local business and try a new spot. On the other hand, it is difficult to watch independent establishments give way to over-hyped, trendy newcomers. I loved the rooftop ambiance, but everything was severely overpriced. Drinks were $15-20 and weak, but the tacos were delish. My friend and I (another New Yorker) spent an hour there chatting then went to our favorite dive on Ave A for some real (and affordable) drinking . . . and some real music and people too. This ain’t your mama’s East Village, yet glad we tried it on a hot summer night.

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AvrilC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience at the ready! Very easy to order drinks online and they came to the table very quickly! Atmosphere is fabulous too!

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Rebecca
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Booked a table for 7:15, wasn't seated until 7:50 (reservation said I would be charged $30 per person if I was more than 15 minutes late). Doorman was nice, and the busboy sat us because the manager was no where to be seen (understand people need toilet breaks but felt like we were waiting a while), I think the main issue was no one explained the situation or said anything about it, so maybe it's normal. The doorman did apologise when I came up to him to ask him what was going on... some people just walked straight past the line even though everyone had booked which was also a bit confusing. I don't think it was any of the staffs fault, but management do need to look into how they're booking out the tables because the system is not working. And I'd be completely fine with waiting if I didn't have a reservation and if I hadn't been so worried about being late and being charged...

It's very loud, so has a good vibe, not a date location, I moved next to my partner because I didn't want to shout. There aren't any city views but the decor is nice. It is a very young crowd (21-23?), drinks are expensive and there isn't much of a selection. Frozen drink was nice, ordering from your phone does speed things up, there aren't any wait staff.

Think this is a great place for your 23 birthday if you're parents pay your NYC rent. Also, could be fun for a large group of people because the menu caters to that with coolers of beer, and sure it's fun when the sun goes down.

FAQs

The Ready Rooftop does offer delivery in partnership with Unknown.

The Ready Rooftop is rated 4.4 stars by 105 OpenTable diners.

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.