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0.8 km from Empire State Building
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Reviewed 21 June 2019

is a great location and a good time. Best best is off-off hours or get a table and eat. Bar gets super-crowded. Food is good, buzz is good.

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 30 May 2019

Me and my friends made reservations here for lunch. This is a rooftop restaurant above Eataly. They had a very pretty faux flower installation that covered the entire restaurant. The service was very good...the food was tasty and the spritz was worth it's weight in...gold. Fun times.Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 22 April 2019 via mobile

This one refers to the Serra by Birreria rooftop restaurant. We went for many reasons including a recent flower decoration, which were all very artificial in spring time. The place is cold. Actually more freezing than required by artificial flowers. Chairs are uncomfortable. Music is...loud. Service is attentive yet poorly trained. Ah ... it took them more than 10 minutes to collect our bill. There is food which is ok at most. Only two pasta options (would have expected something different at Eataly). Wagyu was cold. The drinks are ok. But we were not there for the bar or the vibe. They took our reservation for 2130. Just seated we were warned that kitchen would close at 10 pm. We ended up with no desert... We liked this Eataly. Am sure there are better places to have dinner than this one.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

Took my friends son out as a treat as we were visiting NY. Loved the decor as a ski chalet and the roof was partially open on a sunny Sunday in November. The place had an excellent vibe and was packed out even though the...bar menu , especially the wines, were really expensive . We had booked for 2pm but were not seated until almost 3pm after we had chased the staff twice. I think they think you will drink more if they leave you standing at the bar. The food was mediocre but the atmosphere made up for it. Our server was cheerful and friendly too which is always a bonus.More

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Apparently -the rooftop at Eataly 5th Avenue - the restaurant is called Sabbia, and the bar is Serra. I am reviewing the Serra rooftop bar. What a beautiful setting, so much greenery overhead, and a truly pleasant atmosphere. We sat at a tiny tabletop across...from the bar at the railing above the Sabbia at Birrera restaurant. This was a quiet, gentrified bar with a very young friendly waiter who was attentive and able to give detailed descriptions of Serra's specialty wines as well as detail about ingredients for a special-order cosmo. Great employees do make for a fine experience! I ordered the $14. orange wine - arancia, but the waiter came back to report they were "out of" this selection, but that the more costly arancia was available at $18. Hmmmm... how about they could have upgraded to the better wine and let me know they were out of the original one I ordered. Ah, well. The wine was nice but unremarkable. We ordered Wagyu skewers, which were cooked very, very, very well done, with a hard non-edible crust. My filet mignon from Costco last week was oh so much better than Serra's Wagyu. In fact, the Costco filets are melt in your mouth perfect even when grilled medium rare on my little indoor Foreman grill. Oh, this is a Serra review.... There is zero view from this rooftop, unless you count the few tables at the far end of the wall that may have some view if you stand up and peer over the edge - we didn't do that. But, wow, the wonderful atmosphere makes up for the disappointment. I'd give Serra an "excellent" 5-dot rating, but the Wagyu was pretty bad, the wine was too costly for an average pour. $120 (I think that included the tip) for a glass of wine, a cosmo, a non-alcohol drink, and two very small skewers was a little much. I would not go back, but the experience was rather nice.More

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed 7 May 2018

First- this rooftop bar has a cover on it and sides, so it doesn't feel very rooftop. I do like all the plants, however. We were loving this place while sitting at the bar, because the bartender was fun and positive. When our party finally...was all together, we moved to a table. The server came over and asked what we wanted to drink, THEN realized we needed menus. Came back again and we ordered a bottle of wine and a couple of tapas- she then said "You need to put in a complete order". I was confused, and asked could we not order some food then order more later if anyone wanted something more to eat or drink? She said NO, we could only place our entire meal order, and the food would be brought out in course by course fashion. (It would have been great if you told us that when we sat down, thanks.) So we quickly made some decisions. And then as if my magic, ALL the food arrived simultaneously, and was plopped without explanation in the middle of the table, and we had to stack plates to have room. We were shocked & surprised when she returned after a while to ask if we wanted to see a dessert menu. Doesn't that go against the policy of "a complete meal"? We asked for the check, which was promptly delivered, and then long waits for her to come back and pick it up. On the way out, we were surprised when we were greeted by several servers who were MUCH nicer than ours had been - after we'd been thoroughly put off by our server. One nice gentlemen who looked like a manager said "see you next time" to which I replied "not likely" but no reply or inquisition as to what was amiss. Well, I hope that server decides to move on, soon. It is a service industry, and if you help your customers to understand your strange policies (if that even IS a policy) then we can be better customers and make you less hostile towards your customers. No wonder the place was less than 1/3 full. Won't be coming back, thank you. I like Eataly a lot, and have eaten in several of their restaurants in the past and never been treated like this. There are MANY great places to eat in NYC, and customers will vote with their feet.More

Date of visit: May 2018
Reviewed 18 November 2017

Perfect spot for a summer night out as the sun is setting...if you can get a spot. Bar is jammed with the after work crowd until at least 9 and don't expect to be able to order food as the waitstaff is few and far...between. That being said, the wine is good, rosé flights great to share, and frosé about as refreshing as it gets. Great mixed crowd, I just wished they staffed more bartenders.More

Date of visit: August 2017
Reviewed 28 September 2017

Stopped by on a beautiful Friday afternoon to have a glass of wine after a meeting was canceled. Turns out it was packed - at least the bar area. Was able to get a drink pretty quickly but it turned out to be room temperature....This is supposed to be a pop-up restaurant that feels like a beach, so maybe that was part of the theme.More

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Good food with fresh italian products as you could expect in Eataly. We had different plates to share and everything was good (including the oysters). Service is great as well. I gave only 4 stars because the wine was a little disappointing and the rooftop...is not as spectacular as you could expect.More

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Arrived jet lagged/ tired, but this place revived us Buzzy ,noisy ? Great 80's music. Started with great cocktails. My wife had 2 starters soft shell crab and salad, very nice. I had a great wagyu steak Lots of wine!

Date of visit: September 2017
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No. Just check in at the table by the elevator at the rear of Eataly 1st floor. Bar has only 3 or 4 tables and 10 person bar.
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  • Food: 4
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  • Value: 3.5