Roof at Park South

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Filip Wolak

The Roof at Park South

Filip Wolak

The Roof at Park South

Filip Wolak

The Roof at Park South

Filip Wolak

Airmail at the Roof at Park South

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Daiquiri Por Mi Amante at the Roof at Park South

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Oysters fritto at the Roof at Park South

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Caviar spoon at the Roof at Park South

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Crocche' di Napoli at the Roof at Park South

Gotham’s top-notch cocktail haunts come tucked in restaurant basements, stuffed behind unmarked storefronts and hidden in hot-dog shacks. Rarely do you find quality drinks in the DJ-soundtracked, pool-soaked terrain of rooftop bars—until now. Enter Tim and Nancy Cushman, the husband-and-wife team behind Boston’s high-flying Japanese spot O Ya, who bring smart tippling to the roof deck of Gramercy’s Park South Hotel.

ORDER THIS: The alfresco drinks come courtesy of fellow Beantown import Ted Kilpatrick (Beacon Hill’s No. 9 Park) and are broken down into four categories. Under “Effervescent and Easy-Drinking,” you’ll find the sparkling-wine-finished Airmail ($18), a mellowing blend of Martinique rhum agricole, lime and honey, while the “Fancy” roundup offers the Count & Countess ($17), a white Negroni fortified with fruit-forward grappa and caramel-y oat whiskey. Martini stirrers have five riffs at their disposal: One is improved with Kubler absinthe ($15), another stirred with mint leaves ($15).

GOOD FOR: Views as stunning inside as they are outside. Overlooking the Chrysler and Empire State buildings, the copper-sided lounge is decked out with cantilevered banquettes, sunset-orange canopies and a crackling glass-front fireplace. Pro tip: Snag a seat near the hearth to keep you toasty on breezy summer nights—if the flowing Negronis haven’t warmed you up already.

THE CLINCHER: For the bar’s small-plates operation, Tim Cushman veers outside his sushi-and-soba groove, dispatching Mediterranean-hopping fare like crocche’ di Napoli ($10), crusty casing yielding to creamy Yukon golds and fontina, and roulades of salmon crudo ($14), dotted with dill pesto and garum, Rome’s answer to fish sauce. The roof menu is meant as a preface for the Cushmans’ in-the-works restaurant, planned to launch in the hotel in 2015—and if the caviar spoon ($50) loaded with Black River Osetra roe and lush sea-urchin sugo is any indication, there are decadently tasty times ahead.

Venue name: Roof at Park South
Address: 125 E 27th St
New York
Cross street: between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
Opening hours: Daily 4–11pm
Transport: Subway: 6 to 28th St (Park Ave South)
Price: Average cocktail: $14. AmEx, MC, V
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