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Best Rooftop Dining
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For al fresco drinking and dining, few places beat the roof. Be sure to check out one of our favorite rooftop spots this summer for great food and drinks, and even better views.


3. The Roof
The Wit
201 N. State Street
Chicago, IL
312-239-9501

Hours:
4 p.m. – Midnight (Sun, Mon, Tues.)
4 p.m. – 2 a.m. (Wed.)
2 p.m. – 2 a.m. (Thurs, Fri, Sat.)

Chicago’s new boutique hotel, The Wit, features ROOF, a bar and restaurant perched on the 27th floor. The restaurant features both an indoor and an outdoor space, both with captivating views of Chicago’s skyline. The center space features three bars, a seven-foot tall double-sided fireplace, a wood-burning oven and grand piano in addition to plush lounge chairs and sofas.

Outside guests can drink, eat and mingle in the glow of a roaring fire pit or use a state-of-the-art telescope to star gaze.

ROOF’s menu includes Italian-inspired small plates, a selection of European wines and gourmet cocktails featuring fresh squeezed juices, fruit and herbal infusions.

For those who aren’t afraid of heights, ROOF also features a highly coveted glass-enclosed table for eight situated on a plank extension, suspended 27 floors above the city.

   
     
    
2. The Penthouse
The Huntley Hotel
1111 Second Street
Santa Monica, CA
310-393-8080

Hours:
Breakfast: 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. (Daily)
Lunch: 11a.m. – 3 p.m. (Daily)
Dinner: 6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (Daily)
Sunday Brunch: 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Happy Hour: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Mon - Fri)

The Penthouse, at the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica, is a restaurant and lounge located on the top floor. Though technically not a on the roof, it is situated 18 stories above the breathtaking California shoreline.

Guests enjoy contemporary cocktails and cuisine in intimate beach cabanas and fireside hangouts that have 360 degree views of Santa Monica, the Pacific Ocean and the cliffs of Malibu.

Executive Chef Seth Greenburg combines seasonal ingredients sourced from the Santa Monica farmers markets with unique ingredients from across the globe to create contemporary American menu with global influences, French and Spanish in particular.

1. Salon De Ning
The Peninsula Hotel – New York
700 5th Avenue
New York, NY
212-903-3097

Hours:
Daily: 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Sunday Brunch: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Salon De Ning, a rooftop restaurant and bar situated atop the Peninsula Hotel in New York, features stunning views of midtown Manhattan and Fifth Avenue.

Both décor and cuisine have Chinese and international influences reflective of 1930’s Shanghai—affectionately known as “the Paris of the East.”

Salon De Ning’s two terraces include daybeds made from carved wood and indoors the black and red space is completed with art hanging upside down from the ceiling.

In keeping with the Chinese salon theme, Eastern-inspired cocktails like the Ning Sling (mandarin vodka, lychee liqueur, mint, and lychee and passion fruit juices) are served. Hungry? The abbreviated menu, also in keeping with the theme of the restaurant, offers dishes like tea-dusted shrimp and crab and avocado maki.

Salon De Ning only accepts reservations for parties of 15 or more.

   
     
      
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