Non-douchey rooftop bars
Aussie-born co-owner Jamie Toll couldn't take all those kangaroo attacks (we kid) so he brought a little bit of Down Under to Brooklyn. There's Australian cuisine (meat pies, lamb lollies), plus authentic Oz-bred beers at this pub created by the same folks that brought you Berry Park.
You can pretend you're a successful business tycoon as you stare from the newly-renovated top of the Empire Hotel at all the little people below before marveling at the amazing sunset. Then you can buy me a drink because you can afford it.
Expect over-stuffed burritos and frozen margaritas at this friendly uptown bar. If you're not at least happily tipsy when you leave here, you're not doing it right.
Oh, joy! Here's a bar that straddles the line between divey and Victorian so well, you'll think you're relaxing in a modern-day version of an Oscar Wilde novel.
The team behind the Williamsburg hotel’s food-and-drink programs is none other than NoHo Hospitality heavy hitters Andrew Carmellini, Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom (Lafayette, the Dutch, Locanda Verde). But a venture across the river wasn’t the only first for the trio—at the hotel, they also debuted their first-ever rooftop bar, Westlight, a stylish glass box capping the neighborhood’s tallest skyscraper. Take the dedicated elevator 22 stories up to the industrial yet swank space—set with black-and-white tiled floors, bright globe lights and a beamed ceiling—to experience a hotel rooftop bar that has all the goods to be a standalone New York cocktail den.
Along with Detroit-style pizza, sandwiches (meatball parm, avocado grinder) and light snacks (meat-and-cheese boards, chips and guacamole), the 31-stories-up casual lounge serves cocktails named after different New York neighborhoods that end in Heights: The Brooklyn Heights comes with tequila, lime, lemon and fresh-pressed watermelon juice, and the Jackson Heights is made with rosemary-infused gin, Thai basil, honey and lemon. The outdoor area has expansive views of the skyline and close-ups of the Empire State Building, and, thanks to a glass floor, views of the street below.
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This Washington Heights bar and restaurant serves primarily seafood influenced by the cuisine of the Mediterranean. Start with some wine, either by the glass or the bottle. Then, order the East Coast oysters ($2.50 each) or chilled Maine lobster ($18) from the raw bar. Other appetizers include a grilled watermelon salad with arugula and ricotta ($8), baked clams with garlic, chili and lemon ($14) and harissa-glazed pork belly with charred fennel and green apple ($9). For the main course, choose between entrees like tagliatelle with scallops, roasted tomatoes and olives ($16), wood-grilled branzino fillet with romesco sauce ($14) and surf and turf with flatiron steak, scallops, prawns, mussels and potato puree ($28). And don’t forget to save room for desserts like guava cheesecake with ginger streusel, strawberry gelée and coconut snow ($7) and honey–olive oil cake with pistachio mousse and apricot-lavender coulis ($7).
Venue says Its all about the Oysters at Wahi Oyster Bar! Enjoy $1 Oysters 5:30pm-8pm every Monday through Friday and sip on the best Happy Hour drinks.