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The Metropolitan Museum Roof Garden Café & Martini Bar

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Why locals love it

New York City has a skyline unlike any other in the world. But why should you have to pay an entrance fee to enjoy it? The rooftop café and bar on top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is free and offers a view competitive to some of the city's most famed viewing decks.

Why you should visit it

If you are only interested in the view, enter for free (donation recommended) and head straight to the roof to enjoy a cool cucumber mojito atop one of the city’s most prolific museums. If you are culture connoisseur, meander through the exhibitions beforehand to fully appreciate all the museum has to offer.

Special tip

The viewing deck at the Empire State Building charges entrance and often has a long queue. Plus, its view doesn't include the iconic building itself.

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Hard to find... but worth the effort...
March 14, 2019
Great tip. Will definitely do that. I'll be in NYC in early July/2018.
Ana Paula
May 22, 2018
Great for the insta
July 26, 2017
You still pay a donation for seeing the view, I paid 1$, but then I could visit the whole museum. It was amazing :)
August 27, 2016
no fee for a view, I like
June 30, 2015
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