The Top of the Standard, also known as “The Boom Boom Room,” is one of Manhattan’s most distinguished cocktail lounges and rooftop bars.
I was lucky enough to check out this famous establishment and enjoy a few drinks with Bespoke Unit Founder Paul Anthony on a recent business trip to the Big Apple.
Our review of Top of the Standard NYC covers everything you need to know about one of the best rooftop bars in New York City including the location, hours of operation, dress code, drink prices and more.
Everything To Know About The Top of The Standard
The Top of the Standard is a penthouse-style bar and lounge perched atop The Standard High Line Hotel in the Meatpacking District where well-dressed patrons come to enjoy top-shelf cocktails, refined dishes, live music and breathtaking views.
The sky-high complex consists of an enclosed restaurant and lounge area on the 18th floor, as well as an open-air rooftop bar on top of the building.
Restaurant & Lounge Area (a.k.a. The Boom Boom Room)
The elegant atmosphere is probably the first thing you’ll notice upon entering the restaurant and lounge area on the 18th floor.
In fact, this lavish room is often described as the type of place where Jay Gatsby would have hosted a party in New York City. The impressive room features floor-to-ceiling windows, cozy fireplaces and leather couches, all of which surround a grandiose bar in the center of the room.
The lounge starts to get increasingly busy around 5:00pm for happy hour and live jazz music before ultimately turning into one of New York’s most exclusive clubs at 10:00pm.
The Rooftop Bar At The Standard High Line
The rooftop bar is accessible via the stairwell located at the back of the Boom Boom Room. After climbing two flights of stairs you will step out onto the roof of the building where you’ll have access to incredible views of the Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River.
Note: The Top of the Standard is often mistakenly confused with the neighboring penthouse-style discothèque and rooftop bar called Le Bain. While Le Bain and Top of the Standard are both located on the top floors of the Standard Hotel, they are two different establishments.
Hours of Operation
The Top of the Standard is open 7 days a week with the following hours of operation:
Monday 4:00pm – 12:00am
Tuesday 4:00pm – 12:00am
Wednesday 4:00pm – 2:00am
Thursday 4:00pm – 2:00am
Friday 4:00pm – 2:00am
Saturday 2:00pm – 2:00am
Sunday 2:00pm – 2:00am
Is The Rooftop Bar Open During The Winter?
No. The restaurant and lounge area on the 18th floor is open all year round, but the open-air rooftop is only open during the summer months.
How To Get To The Standard Hotel
As its name implies, Top of the Standard is located on the top floors of The Standard Hotel in New York City’s Meatpacking District. For directions to Top of the Standard on Google Maps from your current location, click here.
[The Standard, High Line, 848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014]
Arriving On Foot
The Standard Hotel sits along the historic High Line Park which is a section of an old elevated train line that has been re-designed to serve as a public open space.
If you have the time to spare then I would strongly recommend walking along the High Line Park until you reach The Standard Hotel as it is a really unique part of the city.
Arriving By Subway
There are multiple subway lines that will get you close to the Standard High Line including the L, A, C and E lines – all of which stop at the 14th Street and 8th Avenue station. The Standard High Line is about three blocks away from the 14th Street subway station:
Taking A Taxi or Uber
You can also take a taxi or Uber to get to The Standard High Line Hotel. Most cabbies and Uber drivers will know where The Standard High Line is, but if not you can give them the following address: The Standard, High Line, 848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014.
What Is The Dress Code At The Top of The Standard?
According to the The Top of the Standard’s official website:
“The dress code is smart casual attire focusing on well-tailored and fitted clothing with the appropriate footwear.”
It is worth noting that the dress code at Top of the Standard is strictly enforced so be smart as you don’t want to get all the way there just to be turned away at the door for less-than-appropriate attire.
Do I Need Reservations?
Reservations are not required for dining at Top of the Standard, but they are strongly recommended if you plan on eating at one of the window-side tables like the ones shown in the photo below:
If you are just going to grab a few cocktails and snacks at the rooftop bar for the Sunset Service then you should be fine without reservations. However, this place can get crowded and is known for having one of the strictest door policies in New York City after 10:00pm when the cocktail lounge turns into a club.
You can call the restaurant at (212) 645-7600 to make reservations for a table with a view.
Cocktail Menu & Drink Prices At Top of the Standard
The drink menu at the at the Top of the Standard features a long list of specialty cocktails, artisanal beers, fine wines and classic spirits.
How Much Do Drinks Cost?
Drink prices at Top of the Standard range from about $12 for a beer all the way up to $35 for a glass of higher-end champagne, with most cocktails costing around $20.
Some of the curated cocktails on the summer menu include:
- The Majestic ($20): Cachaca, Coconut Milk, Agave, Lime & Ground Sumac
- Hemingway Daiquiri ($20): Brooklyn Rum, Maraschino Liqueur, Demerara, Grapefruit & Lime
- Penelope Cruz ($20): Tequila Reposado, Pamplemousse Rose, Toasted Sesame & Bergamot
- Aviation ($20): London Dry Gin, Violette & Maraschino Liqueur & Lime Essence
- Sbagliato ($20): Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Orange Essence & Champagne
- Moscow Mule ($20): Polish Rye Vodka, Ginger Cordial, Lime & Seltzer
Note: The drinks may seem expensive, but they are in-line with the cost of cocktails at most rooftop bars in New York City and are well-worth the price when you consider the view / ambiance you’re getting.
How Is The View From The Top of the Standard?
The view from Top of the Standard is arguably one of the best views from any rooftop bar in New York City. Patrons can enjoy 360 degree panoramic views overlooking the Lower Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, the Hudson River and the Midtown skyline.
Check out some of the photos I took on a recent summer night to get an idea of the views:
Here is a great view overlooking Le Bain sky bar and the Hudson River during sunset:
The view towards the Midtown Manhattan skyline as seen from the Standard Hotel rooftop bar:
Final Review Thoughts
"Great cocktails and amazing views of Manhattan! The Top of the Standard is a rooftop bar worth checking out next time you're in NYC."Rating: 5.0 ★★★★★
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