Castell Rooftop Lounge

4.5
172 reviews
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Nestled atop AC Hotel New York Times Square, this cozy rooftop bar recaptures the spirit of the classic cocktail lounge, with extra emphasis on martinis. Iconic views enhance the venue's contemporary décor in a sophisticated but comfortable (read: not stuffy) atmosphere. Enjoy the intimacy of a fireplace lounge showcasing abstract art. Gather ‘round the luxe granite bar. Or go out for drinks – literally – on the lush, open-air terrace.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 172 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.4
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4.6
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4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAshleyR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best rooftops I’ve ever been in nyc in the past 10 years, highly recommend

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lisam
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service3ambience5

They need a better food menu. The margarita was good though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Super bonito buen servicio , pero deberían tener más opciones en el menú de comida

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience1

Too noisy, the staff didn’t agree to reduce music volume

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MimC
Miami
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

The experience was nice but our waitress was really not patient with us. We were a group if 6 with dietary restrictions and she was very impatient and didn't make us feel welcome.

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DalJames
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I believe I was racially profiled at this establishment. I (Black male) booked a seating for 2. The waitress directed us to the stool and cocktail table seating outside on the patio. To the left I noticed lounge couches and politely asked if we can be seated there as there were about 4 spaces available. She responded "..we usually reserve those areas for bigger parties." I was flabbergasted because 2 spaces on the lounge couches were being occupied by parties of 2.
As we sat, I noticed other people of color being sat along the side of the cocktail tables, & people who were not of color were being sat on the lounge couches.
About 10-15min into our seating, a party of 2 (not of color) was seated in the same spot that I asked to be seated in. Shortly after, another party of 2 was seated.
I became very upset and left the establishment.
Nice ambiance but I would not recommend.
They're also a little pricey for the small portions they serve.
Drinks are good but not worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good for adults, but not with kids aside.

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loren
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Need to get more comfortable chairs or add a cushion. Legit only drawback for this spot. Need more accommodations for cold weather when seating people, no one asked for indoor or outdoor seating. We were just sat and it was cold, forcing us to leave early.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Not a great cocktail menu, views could be better but I get thats out of their control, food tolerable, service was very slow, drinks were not that good at all, Overall moderate compared to some other similar experiences

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vipHeatherC
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside, it was a chilly evening. The staff moved heating lamps for us and made sure everyone had a blanket. They were wonderful, and we had a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the drinks were great! The ambiance was chill and celebratory. Our waitress, Caroline was awesome.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the music! The vibes were great overall. We got the crostini with ricotta and potatoes bravas. I would go back just for those potatoes. I would totally recommend.

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ScottR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Server did not mention that a 20% service fee had already been added to the bill, and I didn’t realize until later that night that I had given 20% tip on the bill that already had a 20% “service charge” built in. I am more than happy to tip very well, however I would have expected the server to let us know... seems shady. I will not go back there.

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vipElsaR
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Nice view but very expensive and they only let us stay at the table for 90 min. Not impressed

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Malux
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Very pretty rooftop and quick and attentive service by the waiter. However,the only thing I will say is I felt rushed the whole time. They mention you have the reservation for 90 min which I think it’s strange to be timed as if it was a bottomless brunch. We sat down at 420 and when it was 520 the waiter mentioned my 90 minutes was ending. He told me the host mentioned we came in at 4 which was not accurate. . If I wouldn’t have questioned or asked the waiter to please double check we would have had to leave earlier than our reserved allowed time. We were still ordering our second round of drinks and barely finished our appetizer at this point. They took our plate away and we still had food left. Unfortunately. This just made the experience not so great.

If you do go just make sure you order everything fast and really check the time you sit down because they might clock you incorrectly.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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RasmusH
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Ambience a little high. Cocktails ok, not impressive, but neither were they disappointing. View to Empire State gives a good New York feeling, but there is nothing else lifting it up above the alternative rooftops in midtown.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this rooftop! Tapas and drinks were delicious. Can’t wait to go back.

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Alezandra
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went on a rainy day right when they opened and it was empty. Our server was training and absolutely phenomenal! We hope to visit on our next trip.

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MarvieM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very accommodating and welcoming! They were able to accommodate an extra person last minute!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great services.

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Mariajuliana
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nos encantó este lugar, tiene una vista increible.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an awesome place, will definitely be back!!

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NellieTheGreatB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

When I was greeted by the host it was a unwelcoming approach I received. I proceed to give my name because I did obtain a reservation and wanted to secure a table for 2. The host began scrolling down her I-Pad passing my name several times until I finally became a bit moved to retrieve my name for her. She then proceeded to walk towards the table she assigned to us. The table was not accommodating at all since it was located behind the door. This made my company and I decide to leave the restaurant. I was beyond disheartened by how I was treated along with my company. I trust that you will look into these matters with the sternness of seriousness. Thank you in advance.

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BrandonM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very fun night in Times Square area without feeling too overwhelmed! Ambience on a Friday night around sunset (7pm) was casual, not too stuffy and perfect for having a fun conversation. Drinks are a little pricey but worth it for the view and kind service. As of March 2021 you have to order food with drinks per NY state law--crostini with fig was amazing. They do enforce a 90 minute per table limit, which was a little annoying because the bar wasn't full w/ several open tables when we were leaving and we felt a little rushed. Willing to overlook the last part as Castell was an overall great experience!

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Steven
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome rooftop bar.
The atmosphere is lovely, the cocktails and food a delicious and the service is on the point 👌

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vipAmyC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Doors to the terrace were open so there was a consistent flow of air. We had been seat at a table between the inside and outdoor space since the evening was chilly. Food was very good but wish they had more vegetarian choices and that they service hot non-alcoholic drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and service.

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Aria
New England
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Beautiful views, wonderful service, the tapas were delicious as was the sangria recommendation by our waitress. Only change id make was the heat lamps for the outdoor tables were high up and 1 of 2 was on. Did not feel warmth. They do however provide blankets which is a plus. Wish they would use the patio heaters or something lower. Other than that highly recommend! Its a must for a romantic date or a group gathering.

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TriciaH
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

At no point did any of the waiters explain how the menu is viewed. All they said is “this is the menu” in reference to something in a glass square on the table.
Menu items were Tapas only and this was a bit strange for “dinner”. Even the drink options were limited in terms of variety, they do not cater for non drinkers or persons who do not drink vodka and tequila.
The views are great, I would go back but not for dinner unless I am going for a pre-dinner drink

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Aisha
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The server was very kind and courteous. He made my friends and I drinks tailored to our taste and they were very refreshing.

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DanielaN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overpriced. Would not recommend the sliders. The view isn’t great but the overall vibe of the place is nice and relaxing. Good place to come for small snacks and drinks. Just know you’ll be paying midtown Manhattan prices.

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JohnDoe
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably one of the smoothest and most relaxing anniversaries I ever had here!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager recommended a meat with papas bravas that was delicious!

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MadisonT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Service was amazing, our waiter was really helpful in picking out drinks. The shrimp cocktail we got was really gross. For $22 I expected shrimp to be cooked correctly but my fiancé and I both thought they tasted really over cooked, mealy and like they had been sitting out for a while. For the price of the drinks and food compared to the actual quality I wouldn’t recommend. Is a beautiful clean place though.

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KarenP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly great!!! Love this place!! Will definitely be back!!

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YasmineL
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vibes were amazing ! The service was fair ! The food was good and the place is prettt comfortable I had a good birthday

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Cozy and nice atmosphere, but service was extremely lacking. Took too long for drinks to come out. We were seated before a couple sitting behind us and they were served before us. Our server, Carlos never came to check in on us. We had to ask another server to call our server over just so we could ask him what's taking so long for our drinks when everyone else around us was being served. He stated that he was going to tell us he didn't have anymore Glenlivet when he brought the other drink over to the table. Instead of making us wait, it would've been smarter to just be upfront and tell us you didn't have it so we could've ordered something else. Coming from a hospitality background and understanding how customer service/guest service works, this lounge needs to retrain their staff. Such a nice place, but the service really brought the rating down.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding place and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere is beautiful, servers were pleasant and attentive. There needs to be more menu options and the drinks are pricey but it was a wonderful experience and would definitely go back.

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Castell Rooftop Lounge is rated 4.5 stars by 172 OpenTable diners.

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