674 Thayer Rd.
West Point, NY 10996
Okay, so it’s the only north-of-Manhattan public rooftop bar we know of. Still, the ZuluTime Lounge gets a big salute for its awesome views overlooking the Hudson — and its unique location: it’s perched atop a section of the historic Thayer Hotel at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. “There’s really no place else like it,” says Ginoh Luz, director of food and beverages at the Thayer. You might brush elbows with cadets, their visiting families, locals, and tourists, all of whom are checking out this casual dining spot that’s overseen by Thayer Executive Chef Marc Muniz. The ZuluTime Lounge is popular for themed events, D.J. nights, and as a venue for private parties. Season-wise, the outdoor lounge is open “as long as the weather holds out,” says Luz. “We have 30 space heaters; sometimes we’re still going out there through November.” Be sure to bring a photo I.D. for the entrance checkpoint at West Point.