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New York City Skyline With Apple Martini

Updated on July 6, 2012

New York City is a city of beautiful landscapes and spectacular views. What can be better than enjoying the view of the Big Apple and sipping apple martini at the same time? There are several places in New York City where it is actually very much possible. Let's look at my personal favorites.

Pen-Top Bar & Terrace (The Peninsula Hotel, 700 Fifth Ave., at 55th St.)

On the roof of a beautiful Peninsula Hotel, the Pen-Top Bar is a fantastic place for drinks and snacks all year round. In a warm night you can sit outside on a terrace, in the winter you can stay inside but still enjoy breathtaking view of Central park, Fifth Avenue and have a close look at the crowns and windows of famous New York buildings which are surrounding this precious fascinating spot in the middle of Manhattan. Drinks are pricey, however really great quality. Look at the list of martinis ($19) and choose pomegranate or passion fruit martini, you wouldn't regret. Don't care for martinis, have a beer, in any case you wouldn't notice what exactly you are drinking, you would be swallowed by the view of the city! A perfect place to stop by for a drink after work during the summer and an absolutely great idea for a romantic date at any time of the year.

230 Fifth (230 Fifth Ave. at 27th St., 20th floor)

Have you ever had Empire State Building on a palm of your hand? Well, if you come to this two-store club on the 20th floor of 230 Fifth Ave. office building, you will! Opened about two years ago this venue offers not only fascinating views of Empire State and Chrysler Buildings but also great food and nice setting inside and outside. Palm trees, wood benches and garden chairs perfectly blend with stuffed animals, martini's list and the spectacular views of New York in this great Flatiron spot. Perfect place to escape New York heat but still enjoy sitting outside in the summer.

Plunge (The Hotel Gansevoort, 18 Ninth Ave. at 13th St., 15th floor)

Located in the trendy Meatpacking district of Manhattan, this bar offers great views of Low Manhattan, New Jersey and the river. The bar is air-opened when the weather is warm and covered by a glass greenhouse-like structure when it's rainy or chilly. Good place to hang out after dinner or just for a dirty vodka martini when in the Meatpacking district.

Rise (The Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park, Two West St.)

Panoramic views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor, extensive martini and wine list, snacks and Wall Street crowd - you can experience all of it in this nice bar at the 14th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park hotel.

The Top of the Tower Bar (Beekman Tower Hotel, 3 Mitchell Place)

Have you ever seen a sunset in New York City accompanied by great food, wine or martini? If you don't, you have to visit this bar and lounge located on the 26th floor of the Beekman Tower hotel. Slightly unappreciated by New Yorkers, therefore not crowded and really cozy, serves good food and one of the most romantic. Sit outside in a warm day and just watch a sun coming down behind majestic landscape of Midtown skyline. You will remember the view forever!

The Lobby Lounge (Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle at 60th St.)

Located literally at the lobby of the hotel but on the 35th floor, this beautiful lounge offers delicious however pricey food and cocktails and the most stunning view of Central Park South. Perfect for any occasion from a business meeting to a romantic evening to a meeting with friends for a cosmopolitan.

The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd St., 5th floor)

When you go to the Metropolitan Museum you don't want to miss this experience. Romantic rooftop of the Met, where Champagne, frozen daiquiris and amazing Central Park views combine with art sculpture installations - there is no other place like it to experience a beauty of New York landscapes during the day.

There are few other places in the city skies to worth visiting for a martini drink, unfortunately you cannot get there unless you are staying at 60 Thompson or Gramercy Park Hotel or Soho House, however even if you don't, the views I've just offered you, give you a spectacular picture of the city, great drinks and a fantastic time!


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    • andrebreynolds profile image


      7 years ago

      I love the view,, Great hub.

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      New York Walking Tours 

      8 years ago

      Well, i'm out of here and will go THERE !

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      New York Walking Tours 

      8 years ago

      Now i just want to get out of my office and simply enjoy a martini at The Lobby Lounge ! Why did i stumbled upon this... Well, hope i won't quit my job for this small yet immense pleasure.

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      Jennifer 987 

      8 years ago

      Some great suggestions, but to find someone to take with you to check out

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      Davis Miller 

      8 years ago

      Point Break - A Perfect Bar Experience in NYC

      A local friend recommended and took my Cali group to this amazing bar. He said that mostly locals came here so I didn't really know what to expect ambiance wise... but screw it, the view at this bar was absolutely breathtaking! No joke. I felt like a celebrity w/ superstar treatment as the staff are friendly and amazing to say the very least.

      I don't know who the house DJ was but he definitely was playing music right up my alley. It would've been my dream for people to start dancing, but it's all good.

      It's a bit sceney for my taste, but it really didn't bother me much. the bartenders knew their stuff, although their 1st cocktail was a little weak, when he saw i understood cocktails the next 2 were stronger. I also liked that even though the place was really hopping the bartender remembered what i was drinking when i came to order another. (he also understood how good a gin hendricks is, and not to overpower it with the mixer). It was amazing to see their “das boot” which is shaped like a boot filled with beer. Don’t get me wrong, I am not drunk…it’s an actual boot shaped beer container ready to be emptied..try it will love it!! can I forget, they even have a wheel o' shots where you just have to spin it and have to drink whatever shot it lands on!! Now call that bar creativity at its best!!!

      We ordered the Veal and Fish Tacos. They were delicious. Mm! We ended up asking for spoons to polish off whatever remained in the platter. (Faux pas? Who cares as long as it gets in my tummy.) The fries were crispy, but not overcooked, just the way that I like them.

      So take in this scene: You walk in to what seems like an overly crowded place, but soon fine an empty table. Time seems to stop and the only indicator of the night moving on is the moon and your brain cells slowly going to bed forever. The music is not to loud and the people around look good, the only thing left for you to do is to enjoy that drink you paid ridiculously low for and laugh at the joke your co-worker just told.

      The vibe of the place just never seems to die out and if you happen to spot some NYC socialite, sports player, or star, don't let it get to you... because for that moment, this night they are no long more important than then you. In fact go up to them and introduce yourself!

      All in all just a great place to meet new people, or just have drinks with people you already know. I've been to numerous bars in the city but i would say this place is just great. Very welcoming staff, very laid back ambiance. I’ve been here twice after my first visit with my Cali group . I would say its worth the every penny you spend!!

    • ipnomad profile image


      10 years ago

      New York really is beautiful. I miss the Twin Towers though.

    • Wanderlust profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New York City

      Thank you very much Yojpotter. You definitely should visit New York someday. I hope you find my hubs very helpful for your future trip!

    • yojpotter profile image


      10 years ago from Iloilo City

      Wow!...these are great pictures..I want to go to New York someday..hope I can see these awesome views soon..^^

      By the way, I found your hub through our Facebook group..^^...hope you can visit my hubs too...have a great dayWanderlust!


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