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Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel

4.4
4.4
490 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

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Booked 24 times today
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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Lounge

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Tue 2:00 pm–9:45 pm
    Wed–Fri 2:00 pm–11:45 pm
    Sun 12:00 pm–11:45 pm
    Sun 12:00 pm–9:45 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

  • Neighbourhood

    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

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

menu

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What 490 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

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  1. LS

    LilSpicyPep

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We very much enjoyed our visit. Delicious cocktails, delicious fries, a bit noisy - but a lovely view and a great time!

  2. NB

    NB5000

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Comfortable, great view, delicious appetizers, and service was excellent....friendly and prompt.

  3. L

    Lexi

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    I love the Empire Rooftop! The drinks are solid, the views are stunning, and the all around vibes are great. Never fails me when I need a spot to go!

  4. JH

    JohnH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, vibe and unbeatable views. We’ll definitely be back.

  5. S

    Shaun

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Great ambiance! I'm sure its even better in the summer when the roof is opened up. Food is all appetizers, which is just what my wife and I love.

  6. CC

    CandiC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Empire Rooftop was awesome! Definitely a great find. Jose our service was great as was the food. Beautiful views! Can't wait to go in the summer to experience the outdoor patio.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    I love the Empire Hotel, I stayed there about 10 years ago for a week and really enjoyed the staff, accommodations, and bar. For nostalgia’s sake I wanted to go have a few drinks with my family and friend on a Wednesday evening. The hotel employee at the elevator door told us there was a $35/pp minimum to sit at a table, which was no issue at all. We did not have a reservation at first and were told they didn’t have any tables available but could sit at the bar, while we were standing at the bar ordering drinks I saw that there were reservations available on Open Table, so I made one. I went to the host stand and told them we would close out our bar tab and wanted to be seated at our table, the hosts rudely told me about the $35/pp minimum for table service that the man at the elevator had already told us about. They then took their time to try to “find” an available table ( don’t take reservations unless you have room to accommodate your guests) and AGAIN for the then 3rd time told us about the minimum food and beverage. I went back to the bar to ask my family if they were really interested in staying as I was shocked by the inappropriate way the hosts were handling the situation. We decided to finish our beverages, which were delicious by the way and we would’ve loved to have a few more ( even $35 more), and leave after taking some pictures outside on the rooftop. I asked my brother to go inform the rude hosts that we decided against the table and one of them had the audacity to tell him AGAIN about the minimum. As a restaurant manager and long time hospitality leader I was honestly horrified by the incident, all we wanted was to have a few drinks and for reasons unknown were singled out by the unprofessional staff. While waiting for the elevator to leave we witnessed the hosts sit two other tables without once mentioning the f&b minimum. I hope that it’s addressed and no more of your guests feel the way I was made to feel. Happy holidays!

  8. G

    Gianna

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    The view is everything, and yet we were immediately seated at a table as far away from the windows as possible. We theorized that this was because we were from out of town, but still… we had made a reservation and would have liked not to have been shuffled into a corner. The hostess did comply when we requested to be moved to a high top so we could see the view. Food was excellent and service was good after initially feeling rushed by the waiter.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    The venue is very nice, but super expensive compared to the quality of the food / drinks. Good service though

  10. AK

    AnneK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Snacks were fine. Recommend the flatbread with mushrooms and the pork belly. Good drinks! Staff is amazing, and views are awesome. Fun to take someone who has never experienced the city.

  11. S

    Sally

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    Only one dessert available (chocolate mousse), but it was super yummy!!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Family trip to Nee York and food was amazing and very relaxing.

  13. KB

    KristenB

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    The views are amazing but the drinks are mediocre and overpriced. I expected better

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I went with my sister to celebrate my birthday. incredible attention, very detailed and friendly.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great drinks. Xoxo gossip girl.

  16. C

    Ciave11

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Pricey but the drinks are super strong and large so it’s totally worth it. The food is a little up there but it was overall worth it. Great evening.

  17. AD

    AmieD

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Great cocktails. Didn’t try the food

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Overall great experience would definitely go back.

  19. K

    Kayla

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Great place for any fan of the Gossip Girl series. I was warned portions would be small but both the appetizers we ordered and the drinks we got were generous in size and tasted amazing. Will definitely return!

  20. D

    Disatisfied

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    The food is terrible and the place is extremely noisy. The only redeeming element is the rooftop space.

  21. JM

    JulianaM

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to meet up the decor indoors is classy and the eastern rooftop areas are spacious and nice. The western view is really pretty -- esp at sunset -- plus, the neon Empire sign is very cool. (Makes for a cool pic!)

  22. NY

    NYCJoy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Looking for a lively spot with great food and mixed crowd, this is your place.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience and great views! Will be back!

  24. CB

    CliveB

    Chicago

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall3food1service1ambience3

    We had scheduled to go here anticipating a full dinner. Sadly they only serve cocktails & appetizers on a limited menu. The building is dated & elevator to get to the rooftop is old and in need or an overhaul. Space itself is also in need of an update. We were shown directly to our seat, but after 10mins still hadn’t seen a server. So left for another location. If you want drinks, it maybe a good place. But we couldn’t tell, since we were never served.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful venue and convenient location with both indoor and outdoor options to accommodate different comfort levels during pandemic times. Ideal for our larger party meeting up for post-work drinks on a Thursday night. Most importantly, service was fantastic - the perfect place for organizing professional events.

  26. KS

    KimS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall2food1service1ambience5

    I have to say we are usually big fans of the empire rooftop. Today I had a Rez with my girlfriends for an outside table. We were told there was not an outdoor table, so we were sat at a couch area. Very nice . After about 15 min of sitting and talking a man approached our area moved my friends coat & took a chair for the party next to us. Then another Matre de came over and said that we needed to move/ we said why , she said they mistakenly placed us here but the people next to us needed space . However the party next to us within 5 minutes put coats on and left . That area turned over 2 more times with parties This is completely crazy & unacceptable , I felt very offended & discriminated that we were asked to move. Totally unprofessional on Matre do and management

  27. L

    Luke

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    If you just want a cool, rooftop cocktail bar, this place fits the bill. Wouldn't recommend ordering any food, however.

  28. NW

    NancyW

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful rooftop dining experience in NYC! Stellar food and service as well as ambiance!

  29. SG

    StuartG

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was our first date and we wanted to do a rooftop and sitting on the couch was very comfortable and cozy and romantic for us to get to know each other. We had a couple of drinks each and two orders of the flat Bread which was very good. Great for date night!

  30. CC

    CharlesC

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome staff and great food

  31. MS

    MaryS

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Empire Hotel Rooftop is one of the best venues in NYC !We go to the Empire frequently for all types of events including drinks after work with colleagues, family gatherings and holiday celebrations. The staff is outstanding ,always friendly and welcoming and the food/drinks/milieu are great!

  32. s

    scarboroughinvestor

    London

    54 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Pre Lincoln center dinner on rooftop. Food was good: pork buns, cheeseburger sliders, and margherita flat bread. Mulled cider and Malbec were good. Location is perfect. The issue is that this is an exposed rooftop with breezes and ABSOLUTELY NO HEATERS!!!!! WEAR A HOODIE PLUS GLOVES after sunset. Otherwise, you will freeze!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We never made it because the elevator wasn’t working. There are 2 elevators, and instead of figuring out how to get the working elevator to the lobby, several staff members in the lobby were rudely refusing to do anything. We left and went to L’Addresse, which was AMAZING - will go there much more often instead.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Horrible service. We were seated outside. About 20 minutes after getting our drinks, we were told by our waiter that the manager needed us to move to accommodate a bigger party, even though we had a reservation

  35. CK

    ClaireK

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious Pork Belly Bao and Sliders!

  36. S

    Shaerae

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Don’t miss the mushroom on flat bread drizzled with truffle oil!

  37. A

    Amani

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Loved the setting and the service was outstanding

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Service was terrible, had to ask for a server after 20 minutes Never got my drink.

  39. JH

    JeffreyH

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We wanted a place to hang out and enjoy bar food and drinks for 2 hours before a performance at Lincoln Center. I was encouraged by the strict enforcement of vaccine mandates. The hostess was welcoming and cordial. We explained that we wanted to relax a good while and enjoy food and drink and were most welcome to do so. The cocktails are spectacular (especially the Empire Sunrise) and I thoroughly enjoyed our 2-hour stay.

  40. CG

    ClaudiaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing!!! You guys hooked it up with the best birthday spot ever!!! Absolutely coming back thanks fam

FAQs

Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel is rated 4.4 stars by 490 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 bookings at the moment.

Make a reservation

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Booked 24 times today
Google Map for Empire Rooftop @ Empire Hotel

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

  • Cross Street

    63rd and Broadway

  • Neighbourhood

    Lincoln Square

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Tue 2:00 pm–9:45 pm
    Wed–Fri 2:00 pm–11:45 pm
    Sun 12:00 pm–11:45 pm
    Sun 12:00 pm–9:45 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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