With longer days and the weather finally warming up, travelers all across the country are eagerly gearing up for al fresco dining and rooftop season. Whether you’re looking for the best spot to soak up the sun away from the chaos of the city below or just want to enjoy a trendy cocktail or seasonal dish in the fresh spring air while visiting NYC, the following outdoor hotspots have you covered.

Weather dependent rooftops…

Pod 39 Rooftop

1340 Pod Hotel 39

1340 Pod Hotel 39

Perched 17 floors high, the top of the Pod 39 Hotel reveals a seasonal rooftop oasis. With crawling ivy, potted plants, and panoramic views of the city from the river to the East, the Freedom Tower to the South, the Empire State Building to the West and the Chrysler Building to the North, this two-story open roof space is the ultimate gathering place for after-work cocktails or an evening out. Framed with original brick arches and surrounded by terra cotta columns, this coveted rooftop bar features a taco cart and tequila-inspired cocktails from Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield’s Salvation Taco, located on the ground floor. 145 East 39th Street

Pod 51 Rooftop Deck

1351 Pod Hotel

1351 Pod Hotel

Pod 51’s Rooftop Deck offers sun-bathers and star-gazers a more-relaxed alternative to NYC’s buzzing rooftop scene. Adorned with oversized lounge benches, colorful Adirondack chairs and a 12-foot long picnic table (with awning!), it is the ideal spot to gather for a DIY picnic. Visitors can bring up their own wine, homemade dishes or craft beer growlers from the ground floor’s Salvation Burger by Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield. Treat yourself to a signature 8-ounce patty topped with caramelized onions and Taleggio or go meat-free with the veggie burger made with beets, root veggies, sweet potato vermicelli and rice. For a lighter snack grab a pickle plate or wood-roasted beet salad with Rogue blue cheese and top your meal with a boozy shake or homemade fried pie. 230 East 51st Street *the rooftop deck is only open to hotel guests*

Pod Brooklyn Rooftop

Pod Brooklyn Rooftop

Pod Brooklyn

Grand Opening:  Summer 2017

Pod Brooklyn, slated to open in early Summer, will offer guests and locals alike four expansive rooftops with breathtaking views of lower Manhattan. The main rooftop will be home to a buzzing bar scene, where guests can order cocktails and light bites from the ground floor Salvation Taco, while other rooftops will offer private event spaces and lounge areas. Pod Brooklyn is the premier modular-built hotel in New York City and is conveniently located in the heart of Williamsburg, off the corner of Driggs Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue, just steps away from lively Bedord Avenue and a short walk to the Bedford L subway and East River ferry. 626 Driggs Avenue

The Jane Rooftop

The Jane Rooftop

The Jane Rooftop

Guests at The Jane Rooftop can enjoy unobstructed waterfront views of the Hudson River as day turns to dusk. The rooftop is designed by Sean MacPherson and has the same faded bohemian splendor as the rest of The Jane with hand-chipped paint, exquisitely cracked walls, and stools dripping with fringe. The venue (which formerly served as an apartment for the ever-fabulous RuPaul) features an outdoor terrace and octagonal bar. Guests, locals, and sunset-enthusiasts alike can sip on signature cocktails and take in the views. *Rooms start at $99/night, so if you’re not ready to go home, stay here.113 Jane Street

Year-Round Rooftops…

Refinery Rooftop at Refinery Hotel

Refinery Hotel

Refinery Rooftop

Perched on top of Refinery Hotel, Refinery Rooftop, located in the Garment District, offers industrial, raw elegance with unobstructed, unparalleled views of the Empire State Building. This 3,500 square foot rooftop features three distinct sections that transition seamlessly from indoor to outdoor and décor including exposed brick walls, reclaimed terracotta floor tiles from Provence, and wood paneling with wood repurposed from water tanks that used to sit on top of the original building give the place its authenticity. Featuring hand-crafted cocktails, such as the Rockaway Lemonade and the Venetian Spritz, and a seasonal menu by Chef Jeff Haskell, this rooftop is a summer favorite for locals and out of towners. 63 West 38th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue)

Plunge at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

Get ready for summer at Gansevoort Meatpacking’s Saharan-inspiredrooftop lounge, Plunge, which offers a true sanctuary in the middle of bustling New York City. In addition to 360-degree views of the Hudson River and Manhattan’s skyline, the expansive rooftop features an outdoor terrace with a retractable glass roof, a secret garden, wrap-around balconies and pool, perfect for soaking in sun. The loft boasts soaring 20-foot ceilings, communal seating, and pops of light and color, making it the ideal venue to gather with friends for delicious lite bites and specialty drinks in the heart of Manhattan’s most vibrant neighborhood. 18 Ninth Avenue at 13th Street

Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge at Gansevoort Park Avenue

Gansevoort Park Avenue's Rooftop

Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge at Gansevoort Park Avenue

Summer Fridays are almost here, celebrate the longer days twenty stories above Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood and take in sweeping views of the Empire State building at Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge at Gansevoort Park Avenue’s rooftop. Kick it up a notch with Plunge’s latest cocktail – the frozen Moscow Mule – a rendition of the classic cocktail perfect for cooling off from the summer heat. The rooftop will also welcome back it’s summertime favorite, the frose, made of rosé sorbet, topped with sparkling rosé and garnished with fresh fruit. 420 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Al Fresco Dining…

Gemma at The Bowery Hotel 

Gemma at The Bowery Hotel

Located in the stylish and revitalized Bowery neighborhood, Gemma at the Bowery Hotel truly captures the charm of old New York. Guests can enjoy authentic Italian fare on Gemma’s outdoor patio, at casually chic tables spanning the sidewalk in southern Italian style. The outdoor space is the best place to meet friends, have a business lunch, or eat solo while enjoying the nice weather in the Bowery neighborhood. Known as one of the most popular outdoor dining spots in New York, Gemma offers a casual, yet bustling environment, making it a coveted hotspots for great food and people-watching. Menu highlights include the Baked Eggs, Truffled Polenta Fries, Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Calzone di Nutella335 Bowery

Lobby Lounge & Garden at The Ludlow Hotel

Lobby Lounge & Garden at The Ludlow Hotel

Lobby Lounge & Garden at The Ludlow Hotel

Downtown denizens, rejoice! Tucked inside the edgy Ludlow Hotel, al frescoaficionados will find a “secret” garden hidden behind the atmospheric lobby bar and lounge. Ideal for daytime lingering and nighttime cocktails, the large outdoor gathering space features brick walls, bluestone-paved flooring and a Trellis ceiling – perfect for frequenting on even the drizzliest of summer Fridays! Day or night, patrons can enjoy a provocative cocktail menu curated by Thomas Waugh as well as full menu from the Dirty French kitchen, one of Manhattan’s hottest restaurants. Kick off your weekend in style while sipping on eccentric signature cocktails such as the Belmondo (blanco tequila, pear eau de vie, ginger, gentian, fresh lime) and Grand Prix (grain Japanese whiskey, coconut vermouth, ras el hanout, aromatic bitters) and enjoying light, Parisian-inspired bites like Oysters BourgignonLamb Carpaccio and Duck a l’Orange180 Ludlow Street