Refinery Hotel Rooftop
One of the newest additions to the Midtown rooftop scene is set in a former hat-factory-turned-hotel that also features the restaurant Parker and Quinn. The sky-high venue is located between Bryant Park and Herald Square, an area that's not exactly known for its nightlife scene, so this is a welcome addition to the zip code. You'll be able to take in gorgeous views of the Empire State Building whether you're on the outdoor patio or in the main bar room that's covered with a retractable roof. Even though you're under glass, the interior has an alfresco feel with strands of exposed bulbs lighting the space, which is anchored by a communal table in the center of the room. A large bar gets pretty crowded post-work, and the crowd seems more local than hotel guest, so if you're looking to make new, um, "friends," there are plenty of opportunities for that sort of thing.
63 W. 38th St.; 646-664-0310