One drink minimum gets you views from a higher floor
Skip the $19 per person 94th floor observatory, and proceed directly to the 96th floor lounge, where a single drink purchase grants you admission to a comfy lounge with views two floors higher than the tour. Drinks start at just $8 on the current menu. The elevator to the lounge is separate and entered one floor up from the elevator for the observatory. It is marked "The Signature Room at the 95th". Ask one of the helpful guards if you cannot find it. No one under 21 is allowed after 7:00 pm.