World's Hottest Rooftop Restaurants
the five-star views at trendy rooftop restaurants from Brooklyn to Bangkok.
step out of the elevator on the 27th floor, and it hits you: a
dazzling view of Chicago’s Loop, Lake Michigan, and Millennium
Park. You’ve arrived at the Roof at the Wit
just in time to snag a table with a built-in fire pit and watch the sun dip
slowly behind the city’s architectural landmarks. It’s going to be one memorable dinner.
than a room with a view, a roof delivers a prime vantage point for unobstructed
panoramas. Savvy restaurant owners know that open-air dining guarantees
business, and with outdoor space at a premium in cities, they’re looking skyward. But that doesn’t mean diners have to settle for a mediocre menu.
Increasingly, you can find rooftop restaurants where the food rivals the view.
Brooklyn, four ambitious young guys bought a brownstone with the lofty dream of
building a restaurant themselves from scratch—foundation up to roof deck. They
enlisted talented chefs to create fresh-from-the-market Mexican dishes like
poblano relleno stuffed with braised short ribs and Gouda atop a yellow mole
they opened tapas spot Alma on the Columbia waterfront, the area was still
under the radar. A decade later it’s one of Brooklyn’s hot spots, and scoring a summertime table facing
Manhattan can require a nearly two-hour wait. “We provide more open sky than
any restaurant I can think of,” says co-owner Anthony Capone.
rooftop restaurants go beyond trendy to become destinations that can rival even
the most gleaming skyscraper. Sirocco at the Dome is a 64th-floor space in Bangkok that
looks down at a jumble of skyscrapers and Buddhist temples and the Chao Phraya
River. Lit up in changing shades of neon, its circular Sky Bar is practically
cantilevered onto the city.
course, sky-high views beget sky-high boasts. According to Deepak Ohri, CEO of
Sirocco’s management company, the place
is a “major icon” that “revolutionized the rooftop restaurant.” Regardless, the
tasting menu does make a dramatic impression with courses including chilled
Alaskan king crab accompanied by osetra caviar, citronelle emulsion, and yuzu.
bet that the art of rooftop dining will only continue to climb. After all,
there’s nothing quite like drinking in the view from on top. Bottoms up!