The Best Rooftop Restaurants in NYC This Spring

Spring is here and what better way to celebrate the end of a harsh winter than going to a rooftop and enjoying yourself with spectacular views and amazing food and drinks. Here’s a list of some of the best rooftop restaurants because we know how overwhelming and difficult it can be to choose the perfect one.

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5 Must Visit Travel Destinations for Beer Lovers

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How far are you willing to travel for a good pint of beer? If you’re a true beer lover, there’s no distance that can keep you away from trying a new type in a new country! So, if you’re really crazy about good beer, here are the top destinations you must visit this year that will quench your thirst.

Seattle

Seattle has an amazing brewery-count with over 60 breweries doing business and serving beer lovers from all over the globe. Each year, we get a new addition to the scene, and this year we got one of the best: Future Primitive Brewing. This little brewery specializes in “little beers” as their inventors like to call them. They are making an effort to rediscover old and forgotten methods and outdated styles and employ them in making something new and delicious. Other must-visit breweries include some cult faves like Reuben’s Brews, Cloudburst and Pike.

Tokyo

Beer is rarely the reason why people decide to visit Tokyo, but even if that’s not your main mission, don’t leave this city without sampling some of Japan’s best crafts. Tokyo has a pretty good scene filled with both local- and expat-owned breweries that serve everything from Japanese crafts to American favorites. For instance, make sure to visit Watering Hole in Shibuya that serves a fun mix of Japanese craft (Onisdensetsu, Minoh) and American Burley Oak and Upslope. A relatively new addition to the scene is Øl—a Scandinavian-Japanese bar opened up in partnership with Oslo Brewing. They serve everything from Oslo’s beers to Kyoto Brewing beers to Ballast Point lagers to house-made ginger ale!

Sydney

One thing is for sure, Australians love their beer! Craft breweries are popping up all over the country, especially in Sydney which is a must-visit beer destination. There’s not much to say about the scene that will make your brewery choice any easier: wherever you see beer, feel free to grab a pint, especially when in Marrickville, the country’s beer capital. Marrickville also has an excellent craft beer store that offers around 1000 beers from just about every beer brewing region in the world including local crafts. This means you can bring a taste of Australia with you and surprise those waiting at home with a bottle of best Aussie craft.    

Prague

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The Czech Republic not only consumes the most beer per person, but they also produce some of the best brands of lager. Staropramen, Kozel, Pilsner Urquell, Krusovice and Budweiser are some of the most popular beers in Europe. Kozel is very masculine and strong with its dark foam and thick taste while Pilsner Urquell is known for its “hoppy” taste. If you want to try something light and sweet, opt for Matuska, one of the country’s youngest crafts and try their Zlata Raketa with undertones of citrus and tropical fruit. All in all, drinking beer, especially crafts, is a valid pastime and hobby in the capital of Prague, so there are a plethora of different bars where you can sample some of the country’s best crafts. And there’s just no best or worst bar to visit in Prague. Each is completely unique and offers what they think is the best example of Czech beer. So, don’t hesitate to visit them all!

Berlin

It’s just impossible to leave out Germany when talking about beer. So, when in Berlin, make sure to go straight to Markthalle Neun, an urban market filled with everything one hipster might need: Good coffee, fresh and farm-raised food and craft beer. Heidenpeters is the place to go if you want to try amazing Pale Ale, IPA and Brown Ale (sometimes they also offer Porters and Stouts). In Kreuzberg’s Wrangelkeiz neighborhood search for Hopfenreich that serves local beers from producers like Berliner Berg, Stone Berlin and Spent Collective. And Brlo Brwhouse is a modern beer playground that serves around 20 beers on tap from house-brewed Helles to other local, national and international beers. It’s really a place to be. And, if you’re visiting Berlin in July, make sure to visit Berlin Beer Week, a 10-day celebration of beer experience with numerous events taking place throughout the capital.

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Not To Miss Caffe Torino The Coolest New Hour Hour

No need to venture across the Atlantic to experience Italian drinking culture: New Yorkers will be at the coolest new happy hour right inside The Mondrian this Friday, September 28th from 5:30PM – 8:30PM for the launch of Caffe Torino, an aperitivo hour featuring their new cocktail, the Martini & Rossi Nassau Negroni.

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Caffe Torino at The Mondrian emblemizes the relaxed drinking style of pre-war Italy; a world once lost now finding new life in modern iterations of the classic Italian aperitivo hour, for which the original Caffe Torino was so well known.

In Good Company bartender Will Benedetto will be showing off his new creation, which features Martini & Rossi’s recently debuted line of Riserva Speciale Bitter. The ingredients of the elevated Nassau Negroni—including Bacardi 4 Year Aged Rum, Marsala-infused Martini & Rosso Vermouth, and a torched pineapple wedge garnish—highlight the aromatic herbal and floral notes of the bitters, creating a new twist on the classic Negroni.

A second Caffe Torino aperitivo hour will be happening at the Mondrian on October 12th for those who can’t make it this week.

Not able to make either, make it at home with the recipe below.

NASSAU NEGRONI RECIPE

  • 1.25 oz of Bacardi 4 year

  • .75 oz of Martini Riserva Speciale Bitter

  • .75 Marsala Infused Martini Rosso Vermouth

Stir ingredients together and serve in a rocks glass on the rocks.
Garnish with a pineapple wedge torched to order.

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How To Drink Like You're At The U.S. Open

Grey Goose Honey Deuce

Grey Goose Honey Deuce

If you haven't gone to the U.S. Open, then there is a lot you're missing out on. From spending the last Summer Days outside, as athletes and celebrities like Andy Cohen, Kevin Spacey, and Anna Wintour take part in this 2-week sporting event, it's always an elegant event.

Crafted to pay homage to the world’s most exciting Grand Slam, the Grey Goose Honey Deuce is comprised of Grey Goose Vodka, freshly squeezed lemonade and raspberry liqueur, topped with tennis-inspired honeydew melon balls.

Designed to transport tennis fans near and far to the non-stop courtside action, the cocktail is named after the most exciting moment of a tennis match when the score is tied at 40-40 - coined by tennis nerds as “deuce.” The refreshing sip is ideal for cooling off during the sultry summer days or powering through the wee hours of the morning to see if Roger Federer can keep up the momentum stateside following his record-breaking Wimbledon triumph.

Not able to attend this year's event? You can still try the Honey Deuce for yourself as it will be served at several New York hot spots, around the city. Bars include the Dream Downtown, PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown, 48 Lounge, Ascent Lounge, The Pierre, and Four Seasons Hotel.

Don't feel like going out, or want to host a viewing party yourself, make your guests feel like they're at the event by making the cocktail yourself. 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 parts Grey Goose Vodka
  • Fresh squeezed lemonade
  • 1/2 part Chambord or premium raspberry liqueur
  • Crushed ice
  • Honeydew melon balls

Directions

Chill Collins Glass by placing in refrigerator/ freezer or by filling with ice water for 5 minutes. Remove Collins Glass from refrigerator/freezer, and fill with ice. Measure and add vodka to Collins Glass. Top with measured amount of fresh lemonade. Measure and add raspberry liqueur. Garnish with skewer of 1 or multiple frozen honeydew melon balls (note: place honeydew melon in freezer beforehand, then, to create melon balls, use melon baller).

Our Favorite Vineyard To Go In The Weekends

Looking for something to do during a quiet week? Get out of the city for a little trip and sip on some of the best wines New York has to offer.  These spots will double as perfect Instagram-worthy moments and a good place to scout for weekend homes. Nothing is more relaxing than trying out new wine and getting out of the city. 

Harbes Family Vineyard, Mattituck

Great views, great vibes and even better wines. Not to mention, if you have kids around you can bring them along for the fun. Harbes Family Vineyard is more than just a winery, they have a farm, and lots of other fun activities. In September and October they offer apple picking, a corn maze and even pumpkin picking! 

Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Sagaponack

This is the place where weddings are destined for. This beautiful venue is perfect for a fairytale wedding, where you'll be happy to come back to for wine tastings.. If you want to watch a gorgeous sunset while sipping on one of the best rosé, head over on Friday or Saturday. Sorry ladies, no bachelorette parties.

Bedell Cellars, Cutchogue

Bedell Cellars is one of a kind. You and guests can make a customizable wine tastings you can pick and choose whatever you want. If you can't make the drive out to grab a bottle no worries, just join their wine club! There are plenty of different packages and you'll get wine delivered every 4 months. Who wouldn't love a couple surprise bottle showing up at your door?

Shinn Estate Vineyards, Mattituck

Shinn Estate Vineyards is the epitome of adorable. This quaint little vineyard also has a Farmhouse Inn with 4 cute little rooms available. You know wine makes you sleepy so after sipping all afternoon you may want to spend the night here, only thing better than sleeping in is to wake up with the sunrise.

What To Drink At Cinco De Mayo If you Don't Want To Leave Your Home

For those of you want to celebrate the holiday but stay in the comforts of your home below is a list of cocktails for you to make and everything you need to have celebrated the holiday without dealing with people from the outside world. Not a fan of tequila? Don't worry we've included options for even the pickiest of drinkers.

Celebración Punch Created by Milagro Tequila Ambassador, Jaime Salas

  • Milagro Silver, 6 Parts
  • Guava Nectar (pink), 12 Parts
  • Ginger Simple Syrup, 2 Parts
  • Lime Juice, 3 Parts

Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl and mix. Top with Club Soda or Prosecco. Garnish with Lime Wheels and White Edible Flowers

 

 

 

 

New Amsterdam Tropical Spiced Mule

  • 1.5 oz. New Amsterdam Vodka
  • .5 oz. Cinnamon Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • Top w/ Ginger Beer

Pour into an ice filled steel thermos or mule mug and stir together to combine/chill

 

 

Stella Artois Cidre Sangria Punch

 

 

For the beer lover you can drink the Stella Artois Cidre Sangria Punch created by Omar Flores, Casa Rubio (Dallas, TX), Serves 8 people.

  • 1 honey crisp apple – cored and sliced thin
  • 1 cup white grapes cut in half
  • 1 cup white grape juice
  • 1 lemon cut into wheels
  • 3 orange peels
  • 1 dash vanilla extract
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup apple sauce or non-alcoholic apple cider
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 sprigs of mint
  • 4 12-ounce bottles Stella Artois Cidre

Directions:
In a large punch bowl add apples, grapes, grape juice, lemons, orange peel, cinnamon, vanilla, apple cider and sugar. Mix thoroughly and allow to macerate for 30-45 minutes. To finish the punch, add cold Stella Artois Cidre, ice and mint. Serve immediately.

 

Avión Blood Orange Margarita

  • 1.5 oz. Avión Silver
  • .75 oz. fresh blood orange juice
  • .5 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • .75 oz. agave nectar

In a cocktail shaker add all ingredients with ice. Shake and strain. Serve over fresh ice and garnish with an orange twist.

This year, Patrón is providing cocktail kit deliveries with everything you need for a Cinco bash – including a mariachi band for lucky recipients.

So how do you get one? On May 5th, tweet #PatronMyCinco to purchase a Party in a Box (available in select cities) delivered straight to your doorstep within an hour of purchase. Select fans in each city will have a live mariachi band show up to complete your Cinco de Mayo party!

The Patrón Party in a Box includes ingredients to make the newly-crowned Patrón Margarita of the Year - the Coralina Margarita (reposado tequila, hibiscus and red wine), Patrón branded shaker, cups, napkins, chips and salsa.

Serve with Late July's NEW Cantina DIPPERS 

Serve with Late July's NEW Cantina DIPPERS 

While you're enjoying these cocktails you can try and make homemade salsa created by Late July Snacks CEO & Founder, Nicole Bernard Dawes

Ingredients:
3-4 medium-large heirloom tomatoes, chopped/diced to 1/4″
½ medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
1-2 limes, juiced
Salt to taste
 
Optional ingredients: Mango, avocado, tomatillos, sweet corn, black beans

Directions:
1. Prepare the tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro and jalapeño. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and stir well. Juice the limes and add salt to taste. Consider adding other optional ingredients or prepare a second version using mango as a base. Can prepare up to an hour ahead.

New York City's Top Rooftop Restaurants

New York City has long been dubbed the concrete jungle, its tall skyscrapers and flashy lights around every corner. Though in high pockets of these streets, there are rooftop gardens that the urban habitants can escape to, all while enjoying the view below them.

This is the largest outdoor rooftop garden in New York, offering an indoor penthouse and an outdoor roof-deck. Enormous yellow umbrellas are available over the tables in the summer, and in the colder months, heated lamps and plastic domes cover the tables and offer partial warmth. 230 Fifth offers classic American food and their specialty cocktails uses in season fruits and vegetables.

Located at 230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Located above Pod 39 Hotel, stare out between the terra-cotta columns and this rooftop’s view line covers the south to lower Manhattan skyline. Strings of light cover the expansive space above the rooftop and patches of greenery line the brick walls, giving off a feeling of an Italian garden. Tapas and cocktails are their specialty.

Located at 145 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016

Just south of Hell’s Kitchen is Gallow Green, a lusciously memorizing space atop Chelsea’s McKittrick Hotel. The greenery is lined with twinkling lights and the herbs they grow are used in dishes from the meals. Gallow Green offers an abundance of seafood in their appetizers and mains and flavourful pizza, such as their Kale and Anchovy pizza.

Located at 542 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001

Refinery Rooftop is located atop Refinery Hotel which used to be an industry factory. The restaurant is divided in by brick arches, where one side is an indoor, wood roof while the other has glass walls and a glass sunroof that can open or close, depending on the occasion. The rooftop also has a lounge, completely under open skies and stringed lights that stretch across. Refinery Rooftop offers brunch, lunch and dinner, and a selection of their signature cocktails.

Located at 63 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

Refinery Rooftop, Oleg 

Refinery Rooftop, Oleg 

Atop the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel is Rock & Reilly’s, an Irish rock gastro pub offering American favorites and rock inspired cocktails such as Free Falling or When Doves Cry. The restaurant has a retractable roof on its 10,000 square foot space and a simply, but elegant, outdoor terrace.

Located at 218 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001