The industrial, mirrored foyer of Hotel Hugo evokes a stuffy airport customs line, with suitcase-toting out-of-towners to complete the image. But an elevator whisking you up 20 floors is a minor fuss to reach your destination. Here, that picturesque landing-place is a 100-seat Cuban canteen set on the hotel’s roof, trimmed with petroleum-blue walls, gritty spray-painted arts and Afro-Caribbean beats.
ORDER THIS: Tangy thirst-quenchers are filled to the brim with lush fruit juices, nectars and purees. The blush-hued La Chula ($16) drowns a kick of cachaça in syrupy guava extract and spritzes of lime, while a vodka-fortified Sandia Fresca ($16) finishes on sweet notes of watermelon and cucumber. Mojito drinkers can sip on a bright-green Funky Castro ($16), which riffs on the usual combo with an unexpected splash of peach liquor and imported hierbabuena that subs for mint. The traditional rum-soaked recipe also comes as a frozen passion fruit concoction swirled with Kelvin Natural Slush Co.’s organic citrus mix ($15).
GOOD FOR: Taking a staycation high above the throngs of Soho shoppers and Holland Tunnel car honkers. Set your drinks down on one of the standing cocktail counters to ’gram the no-filters-necessary backdrop or chat with friends at big-group communal tables lined with brightly colored salvaged chairs. On a more romantic getaway? Sink into plush, white-cushioned seats beneath strings of hanging festoon lights for secluded sipping.
THE CLINCHER: Guayabera-garbed servers transport platters of bocaditos and tacos, offering a taste of Cuban street fare, albeit with Manhattan price tags. The bar’s Cubano ($15) doubles up on hog, with pulled pork loin and maple ham on a toasted baguette, and tacos feature two house-pressed corn tortillas nestling succulent strips of skirt steak slathered with tomato and garlic ajillo ($16). Cuba’s streetside haunts may not tout reclaimed wood tables, $9 guacamole and organic mojito slushies, but as the booze—and the sun—goes down, the distant glow of city lights bouncing off the Hudson could just about pass for witching hour on the Havana coastline.
|Venue name:||Azul at Hotel Hugo|
525 Greenwich St
|Cross street:||between Spring and Vandam Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed 5–11pm; Thu–Sat 5pm–2am|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E to Spring St|
|Price:||Average cocktail: $16. AmEx, MC, V|
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Talk about a surprise!!! This awesome locations has a little bit for everyone. An enclosed bar on the first level w/one side opening up to views of NJ. One level up thru an artful staircase & your arrive at the rooftop that is hopping w/a DJ that does an amazing job of mixing Latin/hip hop/house & pop. It was differcult not to want to dance to the beats. Beautiful views of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building & the Freedom Tower on the main side of Azul. The other side offers NJ lights. A huge big screen TV over the bar allows a great view from any seat in the house. The bar has every drink you can think of but I highly suggest picking one of their specialty drinks. The Hugo, suggested by the bartender for my semi -sweet drink tooth was the perfect refreshing drink for a Friday summer nite. Ladies...the outside is not stiletto friendly w/the boardwalk-like floor. Watch out for your heels. I left Azul knowing I would be back soon & I will be suggesting it to friends who want a nice laid back Latin vibe rooftop. Can't wait to go back on a Sunday nite to check out the Live Cuban Music the bartender said I shouldn't miss!!! See you at Azul!!!!