Elsie Rooftop

4.1
341 reviews
$50 and over
American
Welcome to Elsie Rooftop

Elsie de Wolfe created the first penthouse in the 20’s. Also known as Lady Mendl, Elsie was an American actress, interior decorator, and author of the influential novel The House in Good Taste, and a prominent figure in New York, Paris, and London society. For all inquiries, please email us at info@elsierooftop.com, or call us at 646 834 2291


Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Kitchen open until 11:30 pm

Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Kitchen open until 11:30 pm

Friday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Kitchen open until 11:30 pm

Saturday
1:00 pm - 2:00 am
Kitchen open until 11:30pm

Sunday
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Kitchen open until 10:30 pm

Closed Monday and Tuesday

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 341 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.1based on recent ratings
3.9
food
3.8
service
4.3
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Boise
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

No view, slow service.

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hereforit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Cool bar with an awesome view and decor. Food was great. Drinks were meh. Service sucked. Super rude waitresses.

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JacquelineH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I went to Elsie Rooftop yesterday for an engagement brunch. From the start the hostess was rude and unfriendly. She put us in a corner of the restaurant no one else was in, with the smallest table I have ever seen. We had to request another table. The waitress wasn’t very friendly either. Food was flavorless. We ended up leaving early. Hostess didn’t even say goodbye or have a nice day, just glared. Never coming back, would not recommend to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service3ambience2

So much noise. I wouldn’t come back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was not up to par but great ambiance

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GABRIELAO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hermoso lugar. La comida y lis tragos muy buenos

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I was denied when requested a table in a different area. The host didn’t even bother checking to see if there was a table that could accommodate my party of 2. She just blatantly said, “ugh… no.” The service was slow. The rooftop was ok. Won’t be coming back.

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PatF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Poor service, incredibly slow. No views, high shrubs made it impossible to see anything. Definitely not worth the price of the food/drinks

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing drinks! Love this place so much. Been here a few times already. Amazing music and vibes and views. Be back soon

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best rooftop in nyc

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Where to begin. Starting with the positive, Kevin the host is a nice guy who tried to help. Next:
- reservation at 8:30 for dinner, table not ready. Agreed to get drinks at a high top, no problem, happens to everyone.
- 15 minutes later no service, no greeting, not even tap water. Spoke to a staff, she took us inside to a tiny table for two that looks like a side table. Clearly made for drinks. Spoke to Kevin, who hooked us up with a human sized table with space for plates.
- 10 minutes later, a charming waitress comes over and right out the gate goes are “you ready to order?” No hi hello or can I start you with some water. Said yes, made the order. Took my card to “open a tab”. Bit strange, it’s not a bar, it’s a restaurant.
- 15 minutes later, nothing. No drinks, no waitress. Went up to her and asked to get my card back as we’re leaving. Gave me the stink and said wait a second. I said nah not waiting anymore and went to Kevin who proceeded to get me my plastic. I said thanks, and the sweet waitress goes “you’re not the only customers here” 🤣. She should open a school for charm. I said thanks, but I’m not having this exchange with you. Kevin was apologetic and offered us a drink on the house. I said thank you but we better get going.
- The vibe was strange, no one ordering anything, no waiters moving around. It’s as though there was a mutiny brewing and they were holding people and their credit cards hostage.
- Overall, if you’re the m in s&m then it’s the place for you. Other than that, stick with the known groups. Also the bathrooms were not clean, Tp on the floor everywhere as if someone got kidnapped and was leaving clues.
- Buddakann saved the night thankfully.

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CulturedGirl76
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

We had a great time here! Loved the rooftop ambiance! Will definitely come back for brunch and jazz nights! 😀

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SD123
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We did not get food but just got drinks on a Sunday afternoon. The place has comfortable seating and has multiple areas for sitting down. Drinks were good but I gave an average rating as our server was rude. I will come back here again as the drinks were really good though, but will probably not stay for too long

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LinneuD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful experience. Spent 15 minutes at the premisses and wish I had never bothered making plans to go there for some food and drinks. Staff was terrible, untrained and didn't know much what they were doing. Food was pricey and looking over to other tables orders, looked disgusting. Music sounded like a random selection from a free version of a music app.
The reviews/overall score are misleading, go elsewhere!

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Mini
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Nice ambiance for a nice evening, food was okay.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great music! Good food !!

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ap291
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We walked out after five minutes because it was super loud.

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henry
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience4

the waitress was not very helpful. told her that we don't want another round but she sent another round anyways and played dumb. the drinks were just fine. It was packed on thursday and the rooftop was pretty cute.

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TerryD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Place was fine but I was seated at a hightop by the bar that didnt have waitress service. We werent told this, waited patiently for a while and had to approach the bar to get any service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food1service1ambience1

Place sucks

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Not great overall!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

The food was pretty good as well as the service unfortunately the the section where the sat us was dirty & the couch smelled. For the location and the price I expect to seat on a clean couch!

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SanA
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Pretty place
Service wasn’t good. She wouldn’t even let us finish ordering before trying to walk away. Both servers
Busboy had more social and service skills then the two ladies combined.

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Saunjay
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend this place to anyone. The food is great not to mention the drinks..... and boy oh boy the live entertainment was everything 💯💯

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great space and decor

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Kortney
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The only good thing about this bar is that it was able to sit us an hour earlier than our reservation. We waited 20 minutes (into a 75 max limit stay for a table) before a server even came to check on us. The atmosphere was chaotic there were servers/staff openly being aloof or looking "over it", several employees walked past us multiple times before someone came over. The chaos of people moving seats took precedence for the staff instead of service. The hallway for the restroom where the elevator was in was absolutely packed and impossible to navigate through for several minutes. After we got our drinks we stayed about ten minutes to finish them and left. The music was so loud nothing short of screaming was possible. And the majority of the bar is enclosed leaving space for about ten small tables on the outskirts to truly be "rooftop" experience.

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OliviaT
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time I would for sure go there again!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome, but music was a little too loud

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RayT
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very loud music without a vibe
Unfriendly waiting staff
Meh cocktails

Great location but not realizing it's potential. Lacks inspiration and a desire to excite the guests.

Ongoing business might be blindsiding the management and blocking positive changes

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KiaM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing I just wish they had a wider variety of cocktails

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dray
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was horrible. It was basically frozen food that they reheat and charge $18+. Not going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

I was here to celebrate my graduation. We were seated right in front of the air conditioning and were not greeted by a server. We had to flag down the server each time we wanted something. I ordered the Elsie cocktail three times, and each time it tasted completely different. However, the music was amazing—a little loud—and the food was delicious with generous portions. Ambiance is beautiful for most tables.

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Fran
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Some of the worst service I’ve had in years. Ended up leaving earlier than expected since our waitress barely came to our table to check up on us. We would go 20-25 minutes without being asked for drinks or food and it wasn’t even busy.

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PMPM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice venue. Good cocktails. Not a great view at all. It's a rooftop though and it has a glass roof so a good place if it's raining.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Service was terrible & drinks were awful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As soon as we sat down the service was on point and we got taken cared off. Highly recommend this spot.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful location! Their menu had small bites and everything was delicious, (try the truffle grilled cheese, you wont be sorry!!) The staff was attentive and friendly! The only downside was sitting at a high top next to the wall and a speaker being directly overhead, making it hard to hear my guest while talking.

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vipowen
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love it!
food, drinks and service was amazing. love the place, great vibing place!

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Sgsg
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We had a lot of expectations as this was our 1 st visit there since the pandemic - and wanted to be with the crowds -
We were seated in the back far corner and was isolated from the rest of the crowd -no one sat in our area for 1.5 hr while we were there -
When we asked Our seating to be changed to the front balcony by the bar they said there are all reserved seating but we also had a reservation done and was not a walk in -
Overall we felt like we were dinning in our house -
Will not come back again -
There are far more nicer / cheaper rooftop bar in NYC then this place -
Their Instagram is a sham -
Very disappointed-

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AijanaB
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

I chose this place as we expected this to be an open rooftop. Instead we were seated in a closed dar area with no views whatsoever and a very loud music which basically made it difficult to talk to each other

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Elsie Rooftop is rated 4.1 stars by 341 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.