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Top of the Strand

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Address: 33 W 37th St, In the Strand Hotel, New York City, NY 10018-6201
Phone Number:
+64 6-368 6426
17:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Mon 17:00 - 00:00
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 01:00

"One of the TOP 10 rooftop bars in the world." - Premier Traveler...

"One of the TOP 10 rooftop bars in the world." - Premier Traveler Magazine Top of the Strand, set like a jewel on the 21st floor of The Strand Hotel, is Midtown Manhattan's most spectacular urban oasis. A retractable glass roof over the intimate rooftop lounge designed by Lydia Marks shows off the New York skyline year round. With its friendly atmosphere, dazzling views, well-made drinks and tasty light fare, Top of the Strand is New York City's favorite rooftop bar.

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Go for the views

The bar is small and the service extremely slow (but courteous) and you need to get there early if you want a seat or be prepared to move fast to get one (think Duck Duck Goose... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 January 2017
Phoenix, Arizona
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Castle Rock, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The view of the Empire State Building is breathtaking but the drinks are very expensive and not very tasty. We limited ourselves to one drink each.

Thank Kirk H
Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

This was a recommendation from Lonely Planet.... and so glad we followed it up. Stunning night time views of Empire State Building, fab tunes and a great choice of reasonably priced drinks and snacks. Definitely recommend!

Thank MThole
Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

This hotel has design features that make it unique but uncomfortable. First, the exterior sign hangs upside down without illumination, making the hotel's entrance nearly impossible to locate from the street. There is virtually no storage in the room. There's ample opportunities for the hotel to add a shelf in the closet (the ONLY place you could place anything that... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

A MUST go to for a cocktail! Rooftop bar looking directly at the Empire State Building! Great cocktail list, retractable glass roof and the best view in the city. We were lucky enough to get a huge thunderstorm while we were up there. They closed the glass roof, but the show of the lightening all around the lit up Empire... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

The bar is small and the service extremely slow (but courteous) and you need to get there early if you want a seat or be prepared to move fast to get one (think Duck Duck Goose fast). This is the BEST place to see the views - head spinning views. The drinks are drinks and there was no food (NO... More 

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Milano, Italia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Top of the Strand is a rooftop bar set at 21st floor of The Strand Hotel, in Midtown Manhattan, offers you a spectacular view on New York skyline and the Empire state building, amazing view in the night. Good cocktails, friendly atmosphere, a lot of people, few seats, quite pricey.

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North Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

I went here with friends, looking for a roof top bar and we were pleasantly surprised. The bar was crowded, but didn't feel overwhelming, as there were comfortable seats with an incredible view. We sat in a sofa like seating area with canopy like cover overhead which made our group feel like we had privacy. The service was great and... More 

Thank floridatocanada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

The best thing about this bar is the view of the Empire State Building. Unfortunately, the night we visited, there was a couple making out and there was no way to avoid looking at them while looking at the ESB. Management should have asked them to leave. Planned to have drinks and appetizers but informed no food on weekends because... More 

Thank lamw
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Small but definitely worth a visit. Very friendly staff, and great views. Cocktails are expensive but worth it. Will go back.

Thank Sally S
Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Large TV for sports, bar top seats with low couches in lounge area. Not a lot of room. The Strand is now a Marriott FYI. Drinks were average - not a large cocktail menu but servers very nice and accommodating. Only food was chips or peanuts.

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