Westlight

4.7
750 reviews
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$30 and under
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Westlight, a 22nd-floor rooftop bar with sweeping views of New York City, sits atop The William Vale in Williamsburg. Chef Andrew Carmellini pairs a playful menu of bar snacks with a list of handcrafted classic cocktails, rare spirits, beer and wine. Floor-to-ceiling windows surround the bar and interior lounge, with outdoor seating on the wrap-around balcony and 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Our sever was very polite, attentive, and helpful with drink suggestions.

I really appreciate your accommodating my request to move my reservation time to an hour later and giving us a table by the windows.

Looking forward to coming back!

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M
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Quality of food not great, food and drinks overpriced. Great location

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LC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible service. My clientes couln’t get a second drink or any food from the server that had no intentions of serving them. I had booked the Westlight for many of my clients before, will think twice next time.

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E
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice ambiance, great view and good service! Nice start to a girls night.... cocktails were on point, we will be back!

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D
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Westlight was great. The only problem
I had was at the entrance on the first level. There was a long line because you had to take the elevator to the top. However the staff did not ask anyone in line if they had a reservation instead everyone was directed to one line and I ended up standing in line for a half hour before I approached one of the staff. After my name was find in the system he escorted my party up and made sure we still had our seat. Overall the Westlight was great with amazing views.

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n
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a 4 person reservation on a Sat afternoon. My guests arrived before i did did, there was so much traffic getting there on the BQE, i was so frustrated. Called Westlight a few mins prior to my reservations and they had already sat my guests at a nice table near the center. They already started ordering and boy did they order!! I have been here 1x to snack and a few times to have some bites, but never in the amount of food we ordered last night. I was so happy they allowed them to sit. Our waitress was Victoria, and although she has a certain sophisticated air about her, wehn you talk with her, so down to earth! The staff is well trained in being great hosts for this place. I believe the manager was in a nice tailired suit, well groomed and you would think you were dining at Le Cirque if you did not know better. The other person heping our table was Maria. What an awesome personality. Another person who seems well trained and pleasant to tak to. They all have pkeasant personalities. Now the food. All i can say, for mostly the variety they have on the menu, is amazing. The items which were utmost memorable; cureid cauliflower dip with a hint of hot spice, the ribs, the tempura bass buns, herb fries, rock shrimp and the westlight burger. We had many more bites, but these items really stood out. For dessert, you must have the tres leches, with mango and coconut. I will not tell you whats in it, but you will love. I recommend you try it yourself! The drinks are custom. A mezcal drink was perfect in flavor for me, being a tequila lover. The cachaça drink had the perfect amount of bitters....amazing!!! The view is also very nice where we saw almost a hundred people or more on the terrace outside. People doing selfies like no tomorrow. In the summertime the terrace is full of lounge couches and tables to enjoy. I highly recommend Westlight for drinks, food, service amd the view!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date anniversary

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JQ
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The overall experience was amazing! The gentleman who directs the guests to the elevator mentioned about the rooftop events that happen during the summertime. I’ve already booked my next trip to NYC in June and will definitely bring my friends to Westlight!

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I
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

views to die for!! absolute gem of a bar! will definitely be back in the future

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WC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Westlight!

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BK
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Food and cocktails were phenomenal (albeit the plates are pricey), ambiance was chic and energetic, view is phenomenal, and service was great. Highly recommended.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my post-Bar exam dinner and everyone was so supportive and celebratory. It was an amazing experience with an incomparable view!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mother enjoyed her birthday here, thank you!

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s
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

Gorgeous view, good bar menu, solid service - the view wins every time!

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TT
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Westlight gave us an incredible table, right next to the floor-to-ceiling glass walls that looked out at Manhattan. I would go back simply for the views.

The food was good, not great (shrimp dumplings, spicy chicken empanadas, cauliflower dip, tuna tartare, and fries). Of all the dishes, the dip was the best. The service was also mediocre and confusing. I couldn’t keep up with who our waiter was, as it seemed to change each time someone came to the table. We ordered a bottle, and the ice bin was placed about 2 tables away, so refilling only occurred when one of the various waiters walked by and noticed our glasses needed refilling.

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic view and great cocktails.

My favorite cocktail was the "last course." Pretty great. You first feel the first bite of the alcohol, then you taste cinnamon, and then you're left with the lingering sweet taste of syrup.

The bites are pretty minuscule, though, so eat before you go (they are $18 per order; I think we ordered over $100 in food and it's not like we were full at the end; we had the dumplings -- you get five tiny, tiny dumplings, tacos -- you get two small tacos, shrimp buns -- you get two pretty small buns, fries -- you actually get a decent amount, and I think some more). The fries were "only" $9 -- I think they were the best value of all the bites actually. Very tasty.

For desert, we had the fried apply pie, which was very good.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing views, great ambience, great service and very accommodating (we were running 1hr past our reservation although I did call). Food is good quality but you pay for it with the price tag. The portions are also very small (warning for the males), for female diners who don’t want to eat that much anyway (i.e if you have that snug dress on!) the small portion sizes are fine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Got our order but they missed One of three dishes.
They served us some drinks but never asked us about another One. No-One asked us about everythings ok?
No-One asked us about another drink?
Except the time they spend with us when we ordered we’d never get a smile.
Not What we excepted..
Really disapointed...

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R
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Weetlight is always a good idea.
Accommodations are comfortable and the view is gorgeous. Service is always on point and the food is delicious. Perfect place to unwind after work.

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PP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Lovely venue for an evening drink to watch Manhattan light up
Can’t rate the food as we didn’t eat but the menu is very small but the prices are quite big for nibbles

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WR
London
11 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was interesting... An unusual twist on classic snacks but in a good way. Live band was playing on Monday, and they were very good, the vibe was quite relaxed, but not loud enough to not be able to talk mostly... Of course the city skyline views were stunning. Extremely windy and cold on terraces but cosy indoors. We had to wait a while for our table. We were early so perhaps unfair, but several tables were empty so we watched them for 45 minutes till one of them suddenly became "available" for us! Classy, understandably pricey, but a must see relaxed venue.

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NE
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You guys were the best! Thanks for the birthday drink for my wife! It really made her birthday so much more special!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible rooftop, delicious food
A wonderful time

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A
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great view, good drinks, unfortunately no one came back to me with my special request I sent before the visit...

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ET
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my best friend to brooklyn for the first time. She loved it. Had an amazing experience they sat us in the perfect spot.

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Profoundly beautiful place with an amazing view. Had an absolutely wonderful time.

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OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Love this place! It was quite busy, though we were seated right away for our reservation. The food and drinks were excellent. The service was a bit slow, which is understandable with how busy it was. Overall we loved it!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Terrible bar service and rude staff.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Proposed to my girlfriend at the rooftop, the floor manager Matt was a great help, the food was fantastic and the waitress was helpful. Perfection! Can’t wait to return.

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EP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it. Awesome experience. The staff also helped me with my propsal and the view was amazing!!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

This place offered a six course tasting menu but what it actually delivered was 6 plates in total (for two people to share) of food that tasted like a mediocre buffet. Cold, awful tasting snacks (buratta floating in sugar syrup and truffles/Old oysters with minced garlic??). Two drinks and a tip made the bill over $350 which felt like an absolute rip off. Didn’t want to make a scene because this was supposed to be a chill dinner, but the mood was definitely ruined. Don’t be fooled by the ambiance and interior, this could possibly be the most disappointing “dining” experience I’ve had in NYC.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic experience with great night view, i hope to come back again one day !

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Anniversary
Wonderful place for a special occasion. The view of the city is just amazing!

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KK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for birthday drinks with my parents and husband - we had a great time, the drinks were really good although pricey, but the views and ambiance made it worth it! They were also great about asking people to move who were blocking our view and they provided a birthday dessert. Would definitely recommend!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible views

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NM
Key West
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Horrible!!!!! This place use to be on top of there game, however they fell off! Completely off. There bar tenders are rude. Though, I'll give it to them on the amazing view of the city. Otherwise, this place is over hyped. Thank you, Next!!

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Increíble lugar. La ambientación, la comida y las vistas son inmejorable! Tengo ganas de volver.

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TK
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I absolutely love Westlight! The staff is always friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. The only thing I found strange was our servers kept changing but it was excellent because the quality of service was consistent. Well done Westlight. I’ll definitely be back soon

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Bad service

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RN
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place in Williamsburg, great view, amazing staff.

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