by Concierge Redefined.
Summertime in the city is all about rooftop restaurants, breezy Central Park picnics, weekend getaways, and, of course, refreshing cocktails. Whether you’re enjoying a glass of wine with coworkers after a long day or toasting to a romantic date night, these are the six summer spots you’ll want to hit and the aperitifs you’ll want to sip.
Lower East Side / 180 Orchard Street between Stanton and E. Houston Streets
If you’re into refined classic cocktails with a twist, look no further than Mr. Purple, the rooftop bar at Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side, brought to you by the ultimate bar guys: Gerber Group. The hip, eccentric lounge features bar bites like burgers, grilled cheese and flatbread pizza, as well as craft beer, wine and a signature cocktail menu. They even house–carbonate and bottle their own Moscow mules. Enjoy two beautiful outdoor terraces featuring skyline views. Not to
mention, one of them has a pool so you’re guaranteed a buzzing weekend scene this summer. Reservations encouraged / doorman discretion.
Scene: An eclectic crowd, hot playlist and a buzzing bar equals your new favorite summer spot.
What to Drink: The Mr. Purple (Casamigos tequila, cranberry liqueur, allspice, apple, lemon)
Chelsea / 180 10th Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets
When the weather gets warm, escape the 10th Avenue bustle at this rustic, Italian hotspot that highlights menu items like fried artichokes, burrata, and roast chicken. The beautiful, intimate courtyard of the High Line Hotel is complete with twinkle bistro lights and an al fresco dining experience. Restauranteur and beverage expert, Joe Campanale, spearheaded the project so you won’t want to miss out on their fantastic cocktail offerings which include frozen negronis and lemon sgroppinos.
Scene: From date night to ladies brunch, soak in the summer breeze at the relaxed Atla Linea.
What to Drink: Frozen Negroni
Jimmy at the James
Soho / 15 Thompson Street between Grand Street and Avenue of the Americas
Open all year round, the elegant and swanky rooftop bar at The James hotel boasts both indoor and outdoor seating. Inside, sit on blue velvet, modular sofas beside a fireplace. Outside, grab a chaise lounge by the pool. While you sip your libations, share elevated bar bites like calamari, hamburger sliders, chips and guacamole or a cheese plate. Wine and beer are offered, but the signature seasonal cocktails are the real standouts. Reservations encouraged / doorman discretion.
Scene: It’s hard not to feel like you’re part of the incrowd when you’re at Jimmy. Impress your colleagues or bring the boys – The Jimmy is where it’s at.
What to Drink: Pure & Simple (mezcal, honey, lemon, smoked sea salt)
Meatpacking / 820 Washington Street between Gansevoort and Little West 12th Streets
Major Food Group’s High Line restaurant is both sleek and festive. The seaside theme highlights the coastal Mediterranean menu of primarily fish and vegetables. You can always count on MFG to deliver an allstar craft cocktail program, and Santina is no different. With a curated cocktail menu by Thomas Waugh, the impressive drinks look just as good they taste. While the glassedin space is open for business all year, the buzzing outdoor patio offers a standout summer dining experience right in the center of Meatpacking. Reservations encouraged.
Scene: Santina’s classy patio is filled with cultural museumgoers
and fun people of all kinds.
What to Drink: View from Positano (Gin, black pepper, and strawberry)
Midtown / 63 W 38th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues
Whether you are there to listen to live jazz or DJs, the industrialchic rooftop at the boutique Refinery Hotel will wow you with dramatic views. Open all year (with a retractable glass roof), this is the perfect escape from midtown. Enjoy light fare and allnatural cocktails curated by Alex Ott, a mixologist pioneer, while you relax by the fireplace in the wooded interior lounge or hop on one of the ultrachic porch swings on the outdoor patio. Reservations encouraged / doorman discretion.
Scene: The gem of all Midtown gems, for those who want a trendy vibe above 14th street.
What to Drink: The Baby Doll (vodka, fresh watermelon, lemon, pineapple)
Financial District / 102 North End Avenue between Murray and Vesey Streets
This contemporary, Battery Park rooftop bar promises stunning views of the Hudson River waterfront and Lady Liberty. Sitting atop the Conrad Hotel, Loopy Doopy is known for their ‘ice pop in wine’ cocktails. The flavors change monthly and feature a seasonal People’s Pops popsicle dunked into a glass of wine on tap, from rosé to prosecco. Sip your refreshing summer cocktail while munching on bar snacks, such as rosemary potato chips, housemade pickles or charcuterie.
Scene: A laid back way to enjoy some of the city’s best views with out of town family and friends.
What to Drink: Ice Pop In Wine