The Empire Hotel's Pool Deck

Neighborhood: Upper West Side
44 West 63rd Street
Price Point: $$

Ugh. Another hotel guests and invite only rooftop spot. But we had to include it because we know how crafty you really are. The Pool Deck at the Empire Hotel is more about the view than the heated pool, and if you’re lucky enough to reserve one of the five curtained cabanas, then you’re in for a treat. And by treat, we mean plasma-screen TV, a landline phone, Wi-Fi, iPod dock, day beds, and refrigerators for your friends who are believers of BYOB. The blazing red Empire sign is right above the deck, giving the experience a dose of Hollywood-meets-big-city-lights.