There're endless options for people trying to have a good time in New York, especially for those looking for mount-watering dishes. Wine lovers won't be disappointed with the city either, as they don't need to travel to have an incredible wine-tasting experience. The city has enough wine bars and shops to make an impression even among the most demanding clients.
For those looking for a great experience, the Rooftop Reds is the first urban rooftop vineyard in the world. While most people wouldn't expect to see a vineyard growing in New York, the founder says it's all about science. The Rooftop Reds seems to bring together the best of both worlds, and clients can enjoy their privileged view of the city while sitting in the middle of a vineyard.
Why The Rooftop Reds Is Innovative
Urban wineries are not a novelty, and New York has some successful ones. They often grow their grapes in wine regions and bring them to the winemaking facilities in the city, and that is how Rooftop Reds brings something different to the table. Their vineyard is located on the top of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, covering a 14,800-square-foot area.
Every year, the vineyard produces up to 25 cases of wine. Yet, clients don't need to worry about a lack of wine, as most of the bottles come from their vineyards in Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes wine region.
How To Get To The Rooftop Reds
Clients can enjoy the rooftop while admiring a privileged view of Manhattan, surrounded by hammocks, picnic tables, and vines. Reservations are mandatory, and they can be made online on their website. The ticket includes water and chips. Rooftop Reds welcomes guests who are at least 21 years old, and it's also possible to make reservations for events.
When guests arrive at the Navy Yard via the Sands Street gate, they must present their reservation and walk to the Rooftop Reds' building. The hardest part is climbing the stairs, as it's not allowed to use the elevator. Yet, visitors have no regret after arriving at the top and being rewarded with the view.
Guests who want to see the first vinery rooftop in New York can also schedule a tour on Wednesdays. The tour begins at 7:05 pm, and they recommend arriving 20 minutes before. The tickets cost $50 and include a guided visit and four wine and cheese pairings.
- Address: 299 Sands Street, Building 275, Brooklyn, NY 11205
- Opening Hours: Wednesday to Friday from 5:00 pm to 9 pm / Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 9 pm
- Reservation Price: $15
The wines at Rooftop Reds are served on tap, in a glass, or in bottles. Their Traminette white wine is the perfect choice for the summer, featuring hints of hibiscus on the nose and notes of lime zest. Clients looking for more complex wines should try the Red Blend. This medium-bodied wine has bright fruits on the nose, acidity, and firm tannins that lead to a juicy finish.
They also have an appetizer menu with cured chorizo, prosciutto, and French cornichons, among other options. The prices range between $5 and $12. Clients are not allowed o bring food or smoke while on the rooftop.
People who are not in New York can also order one of their bottles online, as deliveries are available to New York, Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Colorado, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, and Massachusetts. The prices range between $19 and $27.
- Prices: $13 - $65
They Also Host Events
Rooftop Reds also has a schedule of different events, including a pizza movie night once a month, one of their most famous events, which is paired with wine. The place is also committed to creating experiences that will take its clients on a sensory journey, so they have events like pairing wine with artisanal chocolate or meats.
It's also a great place for vegans, as they often plan events focused only on vegan food. The Vegan Kaiseki dinner, for example, brings a vegan sushi concept, mainly using Kinoko. The ingredients are purchased from local markets, and guests can enjoy their dinner wine while admiring the stars.
All clients should make their reservations in advance on their website.
Clients Can Book Private Events
The Rooftop Reds is also available for events for up to 75 people, and it's a great place to celebrate birthdays or a wedding. It's possible to rent part of the rooftop and the whole area, which includes recreational areas with hammocks, gazebos, and tables along the vineyard. There's an option to personalize the events, combining the Rooftop Reds'hospitality and the client's personality. People renting the area for events can check their different packages and prices on their website. Their options include movie night, pizza, and other events.
The location is perfect for those planning an intimate wedding, combining the romance of vineyards and a fantastic city view. The fees include private wine tasting for the menu, an audiovisual system, professional staff, and tent installation.
- Prices For Weddings: $6,000 (half rooftop) and $12,000 (full rooftop)
- Prices For Events: $2,000 (half rooftop) and $4,000 (full rooftop)