Located at 37 West 24th Street atop the Hotel Henri in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, the Sir Henri rooftop bar offers eye level view of the other 20-something story buildings in the immediate area (photo below shows the Flatiron building at sunset). Despite being a rooftop bar, the space has much more of a winter-spot feel to it. Not much window seating is available here (at least compared to other recently-opened rooftop spots around the city) and views are to the south only. Still, Sir Henri rooftop bar is worth a look next time your bar hopping in the neighborhood.
Located at 161 Grand Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Fresh Kills is an artisanal cocktail bar for the busy intersection of Grand Street and Bedford Avenue. The featured cocktails here cost $15, so be prepared to open your wallet if you plan on spending some quality time at Fresh Kills. Staff is attentive and the vibe is a friendly one. An expensive, but solid spot for any NYC pub crawl along Bedford Avenue or Grand Street.
Located at 817 Metropolitan Avenue in Brooklyn’s East Williamsburg, Reclamation is a slightly out-of-the-way spot that offers craft-beers and small batch hard liquor. Reclamation is a fairly spacious spot with a small backyard. We found the establishment vaguely reminiscent of the nearby bar The Richardson; we’re unaware if the two have the same ownership/management. We enjoyed our visit to Reclamation and look forward to returning here.
Located on the 7th floor of the Hotel Sixty LES on the northern edge of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Tiki Tabu is a seasonal outdoor drinking spot. The space offers some great views of Midtown to the north and the Financial District to the south as well as areas in between. Fairly spacious, Tiki Tabu offers a range of tropical drinks plus beer and wine. It’s a great place for after-work drinks as well as later-in-the-evening DJ music with dancing.
Located at 50 Bowery atop the 50 Bowery Hotel, The Crown is a new rooftop bar for Lower Manhattan with amazing views of Midtown, downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. We got the feeling that the door may be a little difficult late at night, so it’s probably better to visit here during happy hour (the bar opens for business daily at 5pm). It’s a great spot. Though keep in mind, as with the case with numerous NYC rooftop hotel bars, since the drinks aren’t cheap, remember that you’re paying for the view as well.
Located at 216 Duffield Street in Downtown Brooklyn, atop the Aloft Hotel, Kimoto Rooftop is a rooftop garden lounge with great views of Brooklyn and New York Harbor. This is a spot we’ve been wanting to check out for quite a while. We suggest coming on a weekday afternoon before the summer is over. During our brief visit, we got the feeling that the place might possess a tough door on a weekend night. Anyway, lots of craft-beer and cocktails to choose from plus the friendly staff make this Kimoto Rooftop a must-see.
Be sure to stop in at Goldie’s and Diamond Lil. Goldie’s is located at 195 Nassau Ave and Diamond Lil (not to be confused with the beer bar The Diamond on nearby Franklin Street) is just a few doors west at 179 Nassau Avenue. Both spots are recently-opened neighborhood bars with great cocktails and craftbeer. Both possess small backyards for outdoor drinking in the warm weather. We look forward to returning to both establishments on our next NYC pub crawl through Greenpoint.
Located at 88 Roebling Street in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg, Denizen is part restaurant/part bar and a great addition to North Side. The main drink focus here is wine, with nearly two dozen wines by the glass and dozens more by the bottle. Also, a few craftbeers and ciders are available. For food, try Nicky’s grilled cheese sandwich!
Located at 942 Grand Street in Brooklyn’s East Williamsburg, Interboro spirits and ales is (likely) Brooklyn’s only Brewery/Distillery. Offering at least a dozen beers brewed onsite, Interboro serves tap beer in four ounce taster sizes as well as the standard 12 or 16 ounce pours. Patrons can see the brewing equipment thru the large floor to ceiling windows in the smallish tasting room. This spot is a tad out of the way, but well worth a visit.
Located at 1159 First Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Milk & Hops opened its third Manhattan location earlier this year (adding to its downtown locations in Greenwich Village and Chelsea). This uptown location of the hybrid beer-cheese shop/beer bar offers about a dozen rather hard-to-find domestic craft-beers. Add this spot on your next craft-beer NYC bar crawl through the neighborhood.