3 Cozy NYC Rooftop Bars With Igloos And Cabins

Carol Lee | February 13, 2021 | Food & Drink

Admire the city’s skyline from these private rooftop igloos, greenhouses and cabins for a safe and intimate dining experience.

Fireside Old Fashioned by Dante NYC at The Greens DRINK AND EXTERIOR PHOTOS BY GIADA PAOLONI
Fireside Old Fashioned by Dante NYC at The Greens

1. The Rooftop at Pier 17

The Rooftop at Pier 17 in NYC’s Seaport District has welcomed back The Greens. Instead of the 28 socially distant individual minilawns that peppered the rooftop last summer, the venue now offers 28 heated dining cabins with floor-to-ceiling vistas of the Brooklyn Bridge and East River, a virtual fireplace and banquet seating for up to 10 guests. Diners can choose from a comprehensive menu of new American cuisine offered by R17, the Pier’s rooftop restaurant, as well as cocktails developed by world-renowned bar Dante NYC. Signature dishes include campanelle pasta, spiced buttermilk fried chicken and meatballs and polenta. The drink menu features Alpine Negroni, Dante’s Martini and hot buttered rum. Cabins are disinfected between each 90-minute reservation, and guests utilize touchless mobile ordering via QR technology to ensure the safety of all diners. 89 South St.


The exterior of The Greens. INTERIOR PHOTO BY SOPHIE ROSSEEL
The exterior of The Greens

2. 230 Fifth Rooftop Igloo Bar

230 Fifth’s Rooftop Igloo Bar has finally made a long-awaited comeback this winter with 12 cozy, string light-adorned igloos situated above the city. The heated plastic bubbles each have space for parties of four to 10 occupants for 2.5-hour-long sessions, and each one showcases incredible panoramic views of the city below. Not only is there an early afternoon brunch menu served on the weekends, but in the evening, the igloo bar also presents a bountiful selection of classic dishes to choose from, such as eggplant Parmesan and barbecued baby back ribs, as well as a wide selection of beers, wines, mocktails and specialty cocktails, including the 230 Mai Tai and pineapple Moscow mule. There’s something for everyone here. Reservations are highly recommended on the weekends, but walk-ins are available any day of the week. 230 Fifth Ave.

The cozy interior of a cabin at The Greens PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATIONThe cozy interior of a cabin at The Greens

3. Ampia Restaurant & Rooftop

In the heart of the Financial District, Italian eatery Ampia Restaurant & Rooftop opened its doors in July 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic with five plastic greenhouses for private and socially distant outdoor dining. Each of the charming, translucent structures—which are wiped down after every set of guests—accommodated a table for two, and the rest of the restaurant’s 4,500-square-foot restaurant holds other open-air seating as well as a bar area. Since then, Ampia has welcomed 14 more of the original greenhouses along with four larger ones that can hold up to four diners, and all of the miniature houses are heated to keep guests warm throughout the colder months. Some fan-favorites from the menu include eggplant parmigiana, butternut squash-stuffed ravioli and calamari and seafood paninis, and there are plenty of specialty cocktail, beer and wine options as well. 100 Broad St.



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Photography by: Dante DRINK AND EXTERIOR PHOTOS BY GIADA PAOLONI; Greens INTERIOR PHOTO BY SOPHIE ROSSEEL; Greens PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION;