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Empire Rooftop - Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel, New York, NY

Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel

4.2
4.2
606 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 31 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Lounge

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue 12:00 pm–12:00 am Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 265-2600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Private Dining: We are available for Private Events for up to 250 Guests.

  • Private party facilities

    Rooftop Lounge: Ideal for Corporate and Social Events such as Holiday Parties, Weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and Summer Outings.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (844) 445-8420

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Square

  • Cross street

    63rd and Broadway

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Lincoln Center - 1 Train

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 606 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. JH

    JeffreyH

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food and location are excellent for any event at Lincoln Center. We always enjoy Empire rooftop bar. The issue this visit was that I had requested "standard" seating and was given the reservation for a specific time. We arrived within 3 minutes of the time but were put outside as all tables inside were full. This was on the hottest day of the year so it made the visit rather unpleasant. All the staff were efficient and nice, but the reservation was not honored as requested.
  2. M

    Miiii

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Diego , our waiter, was extremely kind and attentive. The calamari were delicious and hot! Flatbread was technically pepperoni pizza lol but still tasted great. After we paid we decided to take pics outdoors (we were inside at first) and then we ordered more drinks, and all the waiters/waitresses were very kind. I highly recommend this place. Great ambience as well and nice decor on the inside.
  3. F

    Francheska

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were really great! I was actually surprised and wasn’t expecting my time at Empire to be so great . Would highly recommend others visiting! Also nice views of the city so can’t beat that!
  4. QF

    QuasiFoodie

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Managed to get seating outside on a beautiful evening.
  5. MF

    MFNYC

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    First of all we were unable to sit outside because there were no umbrellas for most tables and on a hot day like today it was just too much. They really need to have an umbrella for each table on a rooftop. We were quite disappointed to discover that the Brunch Menu seen on the website did not exist. There was only a small plates all day menu. Not even an omelet or any sort of brunch dish. What we did have, cauliflower pizza and tuna tostados were quite good but not what we came for. They need to update and so does Open Table.
  6. WZ

    WZhang

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We had a great night with a nice indoor seating area right in front of a large window that overlooked the city. The only less than optimal experience was that My request for outdoor seating was not guaranteed while there was a section blocked out and idle. The service was quite ok. Drinks are pretty good. We ordered a bunch of cocktails and two Don Perignon. Service then became really good after the champagne was ordered.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Cheap plastic glasses Overwhelmed staff. Very very poor experience. Don’t ever go there !
  8. PC

    PhyllisC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    even though I book an outside table when I got there they said they were all taken Only after I spoke to the manager did I get the outside table I was promised. That was notright
  9. JJ

    JJRRTT

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place; I would definitely return. The Smoke Peach Passion alone is a reason to go.
  10. DC

    DC0326

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    I was downstairs and couldn’t do a walk-in. I was told to make a reservation so I did. But then when I went upstairs, they said I couldn’t go to the rooftop because it was after 10pm… what’s the point? It was around 10:45pm and there was barely anyone out there. Luckily, someone guided me to the outdoor rooftop section but then they started closing off the roof… I could no longer see the beautiful skyline -_- Then I ordered the guacamole and chips but the guacamole was a bit salty. Not sure if I liked the service too much. I felt like we were bothersome due to the discreet reactions. I liked the music, though.
  11. MJ

    MJ67

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We ate outside on the rooftop and the night was beautiful despite the heat of the day. Drinks were excellent and the food was good. We spent almost two hours and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
  12. LM

    LisaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Great venue, however it is disappointing that private parties are given priority to the best view vantage points on the rooftop. The service was decent but not particularly warm. The food was excellent and the wine choices were great too.
  13. KG

    KevinGT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. I had reserved and outdoor seating but when we arrived the staff said it wasn't available and sat us inside. Before we could get settled an outside table opened up. Food and drinks were great, the froze was very tasty. The staff couldn't be more attentive. Great experience all around. Rain was in the forecast so the staff worked to empty the outdoor seating strategically and moved people indoors - obviously if there is rain in the forecast don't expect to sit outside under an umbrella. But there is a quasi-outdoor section that is covered and overlooks Lincoln Square that remained open
  14. c

    crimaldig

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We had a reservation for Sunday's brunch. We were accommodated in the outdoor terrace. Which was very nice. It was quite. I expected some noise. Drinks were good. The food was delicious. Service, at times, the waiter was not very attentive. All in all, we were very pleased. We will definitely go back.
  15. AK

    AKFath

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    $19 drinks in a plastic cup doesn't get you off to a good start. But those drinks being pretty bad and flavorless didn't help either.
  16. C

    Cgold212

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Beautiful sunset cocktail 🍹
  17. DW

    DanielW

    Devon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Views were great, and it was comfortable seating for drinks, but the food choice was very limited, and you were sat on low settees which made it uncomfortable for eating anyway. I think this should be described as a bar and not a restaurant as it was more cocktails with a few bar snacks, and it was very very expensive, they don’t publish the prices for the cocktails so be careful, they also automatically add 20% gratuity. It was a good experience, but wouldn’t go again purely because of the cost and lack of food choice.
  18. JE

    JamesE

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The service was unfortunately very slow. It took almost a half an hour for our order of sliders to arrive. Cocktails and mixed drinks were overpriced for the value of the experience.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Service wasn’t good but drinks and place nice
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! I feel like this is an under rated gem of a rooftop!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The venue is quite beautiful and sophisticated but we were disappointed to learn that they have now transitioned to all plastic cups for the outdoor seating areas. Truly ruined the ambience.
  22. r

    roberts

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don't want to tell everybody to go there,, yes I know I'm being selfish
  23. r

    rosemaryb

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Pleasant view even in the rain but overpriced food and uncomfortable seating for a meal.
  24. BS

    BenS

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has a nice view, great food, and plenty of seating. Service was spectacular.
  25. KT

    KimT

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous views. Great drinks and food! Reservation ahead of time can be helpful.
  26. P

    Payton

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    I came here because I am a huge Gossip Girl fan, but the experience was incredible whether or not you are into the show. The view is great, drinks are awesome.
  27. AW

    AustinW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went on my first dinner date and it was very wonderful night. Me and my significant other loved every min and the food and service was outstanding. Would def come back here again.
  28. Z

    Ziggy

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    They ran out of two different drinks that I ordered. I first ordered an Aperol Spritz. When it came it didn't taste like a Aperol Spritz. The waitress took it back to the bar and then informed me that they ran out and substituted Campari. They should have told me vs me having to taste it and send it back. I also tried to order the Watermelon cooler and they ran out of that as well. The Lincoln Center side of the rooftop was not open when we arrived so we had to sit on the Broadway side. This side is not as pleasant as the Lincoln Center side.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Girl’s night after the movies. Great music, views, drinks, and food. Will come back again.
  30. B

    Brandywd

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Server’s attitude was horrible, definitely would not recommend this place.
  31. RM

    RomainM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    the furniture is way too old! it's surprising for a mythical place
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had birthday drinks and apps. Beautiful space and good drinks and food.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Was a nice evening out. Friendly staff!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    10 dollars for half a pint
  35. V

    Vanderbabe

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Solo dining at a rooftop bar, for a quick bite and drink. I was sat in a weird space with no views or ambiance, but the food and my drink were very good. The service was great - friendly staff. Overall, a medium experience, extremely disappointed by the lack of rooftop vibes I expect from an establishment such as this. Reservations were needed to go up, although the space was quite empty at 7pm.
  36. IB

    IrisB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Nice location, the drinks were good and the staff was friendly.
  37. CT

    ChloeT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! Amazing vibes, great service, really good location, and the food was delicious. I would definitely come back here for brunch.
  38. BR

    BrianR

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Terrible service, menu is a joke. Come take some selfies, pretend you are in Gossip Girl and then BOUNCE
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was good. Views are spectacular. Music could be a little louder because people conversing makes it hard to hear.
  40. MS

    MaryS

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Empire Rooftop is one of our favorite places !! The venue , the menu and most importantly the staff are outstanding !! Elpidio , Anjan and all of the staff at the Empire are friendly , helpful and always make us feel welcome . We will be back soon!! Thank you all !! Mary Sciutto

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel is rated 4.2 stars by 606 OpenTable diners.

Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 31 times today
Google Map for Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel

44 West 63rd Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10023

Additional information

  • Cross street

    63rd and Broadway

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Square

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue 12:00 pm–12:00 am Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Lounge

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Lincoln Center - 1 Train

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 265-2600

  • Catering

    Private Dining: We are available for Private Events for up to 250 Guests.

  • Private party facilities

    Rooftop Lounge: Ideal for Corporate and Social Events such as Holiday Parties, Weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and Summer Outings.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (844) 445-8420

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