Opened in March 2014 atop luxe newcomer the Viceroy Hotel (which itself debuted in October 2013 as the Viceroy Hotel Group's first branded property in Manhattan), The Roof lounge is the latest in a stream of buzzy additions cropping up along booming West 57th Street (next up on the strip: the 90-story One57/Park Hyatt, debuting later this summer). Brainchild of hospitality and nightlife brand Gerber Group (the same folks behind the W Hotel's Living Room lounges, Stone Rose Lounge in the Time Warner Center, and Whiskey Park at Central Park South), The Roof offers sophistication, style, and sexiness, sans the pretense.
And the views, oh, the views! Read on for all of the delicious deets on this perfect Midtown perch:
The Lounge: The Roof's 29th-floor, 1,200-square-foot outdoor terrace pairs its open-air imbibing with wow-factor vistas out over the vast green expanse of Central Park, as well as up and on to mod Midtown towers like the Time Warner Center, and the futuristic new-kid-on-the-block, the sky-scraping Park Hyatt. Outdoor tables are limited (though reservations can be made in advance, with no bottle service or minimum required—a good bet, considering The Roof accommodates just 120 patrons max), but with atmosphere like this, who minds standing? Or, spill over into the swank indoor space, oozing rich details like wood finishing, leather furnishings, brass accents, and subtle lighting—it's all very bigwig cigar lounge meets upscale yacht club. Come fall, the terrace gets outfitted with heat lamps, with wool blankets on hand for guests to bundle up for some cold-weather tippling.
The Drinks: A rotating selection of inventive cocktails, incorporating market-fresh ingredients, run $16, including eight house signatures: my husband dove in on a flavorful Spicy Paloma (white tequila, Thai chili, Aperol, and grapefruit soda); I sipped a well-crafted, lavender-hued Purple Haze (Stoli Ohrang, Crème de Violette, grapefruit juice, and champagne).
A slate of classic cocktails—Negronis, Old Fashioneds, and Moscow Mules among them—are also on hand, along with a generous selection of spirits, wine by the glass (from $13), and local and major-label beers (from $8).
The Food: Small plates are sourced from the hotel's ground-floor Kingside restaurant, with New American dishes turned out by Chef Marc Murphy. Try the artichoke hummus ($12), New York cheese plate ($16), grilled three-cheese ($14—and tasty enough that it'll be gone in three bites), chickpea falafel with pomegranate yogurt ($16), shrimp tacos ($20), and more—they're almost as scrumptious as the views.
The Roof at the Viceroy Hotel, 124 W. 57th St. (29th Fl.); 212-707-8008; theroofny.com