A rooftop bar on top of La Quinta budget hotel in Koreatown. Much like the hotel, it’s very low key. In fact it’s probably the diviest rooftop bar in the city, and it has the closest view of the Empire State Building. All types of people come here, but overall it’s as a down-to-earth crowd you’ll ever find 13 stories up (they’re superstitious and go from the 12th floor to the 14th.) If you want food just ask for the folder full of delivery menus (plenty of good Korean food around, like Pocha 32 which is right next door). Drinks are very accessible, just like the staff. Plus, the narrow glass enclosure provides seating during the winter.
Hours: Sun-Wed, 5:30pm-midnight; Thu-Fri, 5:30pm-1am; Sat, 5:30pm-3am
La Quinta Manhattan: 17 W. 32nd St., nr. Fifth Ave. 14th fl, New York, NY 10001, 212-290-2460