Top of the Strand
, 33 W 37th St.
New York, NY

c (212) 448-1024

Do 33 W 37th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (646-368-6385,

Mon, Sun 5pm–midnight; Tue–Sat 5pm–1am. Open year-round.

"The Strand Hotel’s 21st-floor drinkery boasts an uninterrupted sight line of the towering Empire State Building and first-come, first-served benches that offer a front-row seat. Don’t let the imposing main attraction blind you to the rest of the skyline—to your left is the lit-up crown of the Setai at 400 Fifth Avenue, and over to your right is the illuminated double-fin roof of the Epic. The price of admission for this light show? Specialty cocktails are $15 and bottles of beer $9. If you’re rolling deep, reserve a cabana (e-mail and don’t worry about the weather, a retractable glass roof ensures a warm viewing platform safe from the elements." -TimeOutNY