Rooftop Bars in Manhattan are all the rage, but there is one noticeable drawback: when you’re in the city, you can’t see the city. There’s nothing like being at the top of a skyscraper in the middle of midtown and not being able to see the actual NYC skyline. However, there’s a simple solution to this perennial problem: Savanna Rooftop in Long Island City.
Just a few stops from midtown on the M train, Savanna Rooftop is a contemporary cocktail bar drawing inspiration from the savannas of Africa, with eucalyptus wood, grassy ground, and colorful murals from Brooklyn artist N. Carlos J. It’s truly a step into paradise -- and that’s even before you get to the view. Completely open-air, Savanna Rooftop boasts 180 degree skyline views of Manhattan from it’s 12th floor perch, as well as stunning views across Long Island.
And while Savanna’s most stand out feature is absolutely it’s view, there’s a lot to be said for both it’s cocktail and small bites menu. The drinks, crafted by mixologist Chad Dutkowski, includes a mezcal based Coco Camino, a frozen Hula Daiquiri and a frozen Gin & Tonic. And as for the menu -- well, you can’t go wrong with bites. There’s carne asada tacos, chicken satay, and my personal favorite: the savanna beef sliders, featuring red onion, gruyere cheese, and sriracha mayo.
So if you’re in Long Island City and looking for a relaxed party vibe, check out Savanna Rooftop. But even if you’re not in LIC, I suggest making the trip out there anyways: the view alone is worth it.