NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- A summer evening spent at an outdoor restaurant or rooftop bar in New York City can be enchanting. The people, food, music and the atmosphere can make or break a night out in the city.
Finding that perfect spot to bring a date or just meet up with friends for drinks one night can be a daunting task, but once you end up sipping cocktails overlooking the cityscape, you'll find all that effort was well worth it.
If you're in need of a place to hang out with your buddies or to treat someone special to a night on the town, check out a list of the best places to grab a summertime drink in NYC.
Bookmarks Rooftop Lounge at the Library Hotel
This charming rooftop bar is sure to satisfy the bookworm type as it is located above the Library Hotel, which showcases a reading theme. Reviews of the spot say it is "charming," "low-key and elegant."
Located on the top of the Refinery Hotel, this rooftop bar offers patrons an elegant atmosphere where patrons can relax with a drink and some good company.
The menu is filled with modern and classic late night dishes including hummus, sheep's milk ricotta with peasant bread, pizza, French fries, sweet potatoes and sliders.
You and your friends will have a great time overlooking NYC with a perfect view of the iconic Empire State building.
Press Lounge at Ink48 Hotel
Located in Hell's Kitchen, those who have spent an evening admiring the NYC skyline from this open space say it is "hands down the rooftop bar with the most gorgeous view and amazing drinks."
If you're looking for a great spot to dance the night away while enjoying a summer breeze, then head to The Delancey on the Lower East Side. The Delancey serves late night munchies like pizza and Paninis and offers a wide selection of bottle service.
Reviews say "You'll absolutely get your fix for drinking, dancing, and people watching."
Empire Hotel Rooftop
Head to the Empire Hotel on the Upper West Side for a crazy night of DJs, dancing and drinks while taking in the view overlooking Lincoln Center.
If you're a member of the club scene then head to Hudson Terrace on Fridays and Saturdays from 10pm to 4am and dance until you drop. But if you're looking for a more relaxed environment, the lounge at Hudson Terrace, open Tuesday-Saturday 5pm-10pm is the place for you.
Enjoy beautiful views inside an elegant space.
Sunsets at the Jane
Newly opened at the Jane Hotel, Sunsets is a rooftop bar offers a place to relax and take in a beautiful view of the Hudson River. Signature drinks offered at Sunsets include The West Street Sunset (Tequila, orange bitters, blackberry brandy, sparkling water and orange juice) and a Lavender and White Peach Bellini, says the Gothamist.
Studio Square S2
If you're in Astoria, just across the East River, and looking for a place to relax outdoors while in enjoying a beer, burger and some fries then look no further than Studio Square S2. Watch the game or just chat with friends.
Reviews say the fries are a must have!
Lounge at Pod 39 Hotel
This rooftop lounge offers guests a breathtaking view of the Empire State Building. It is warm and inviting, the perfect place for a first date or to just relax with friends.
Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Berry Park says it offers patrons "14 beers on a tap, a premium liquor selection, a theater-sized projection screen and a 100-plus-seat rooftop with stunning city views."
"The roof is beautifully lit, clean, and has cute little alcoves with seating," said one Yelp review.