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33rd and 34th floors
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
330 West 40th Street
New York, NY
It’s nice to know that in the Big Apple, people still aim for the stars. The biggest, the brightest, the smallest, the lowest, the highest … . Now, Manhattan’s highest rooftop bar and lounge is officially open. The bi-level Sky Room, a 5,000 square foot venue, has 360-degree views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. It consists of five spaces — the Times Square Lounge, the Cube balcony, the Private Salon, the North terrace (which has a retractable roof), and the South Terrace, which has private cabanas. Sky Room was created by architect Stephen B. Jacobs and affiliate interior designer Andi Pepper. Among many interesting visual effects, they came up with a coffered ceiling with LED lighting that is a stylized abstraction of Times Square, said to mimic an aerial view of the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue.
The newcomer has an interesting cocktail lineup created by Allen Katz, Juan Coronado, Sandra Suarez, Joanie Foughner and Thierry Pomies. It includes such drinks as the Southern Exposure (Woodford Reserve Bourbon poured into a muddled mix of seasonal berries and sour mix, shaken vigorously, strained over ice, and energized with a splash of Monster Energy Drink and a float of Southern Comfort), Dragon Flight (Bacardi Dragon Berry mixed with freshly muddled strawberries, mint and limes, topped with a long shot of club soda) and the Broadway-inspired Great White Way (Absolut Vodka spruced up by muddled cucumber slices, bitters, and sour mix.)
Food-wise, there’s a small but smart bar menu with such offerings as S.O.B. — South of the Border — Tacos (crispy corn tortillas filled with five-spiced crab meat, topped with sweet pickled red chili wheels and drizzled with chipotle vinaigrette), Croquetas Cohiba (lightly breaded cigars of cured Spanish ham and cheese, deep fried, and served with a citrus aioli) and a line of pizzas and sliders. Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reservations: (212) 380-1195 .
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