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New rooftop pop-up bar Lemon’s will transport you to the Italian coast

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Zoe Butenhoff

During a scorching New York summer, nothing beats enjoying a chilly cocktail and some sumptuous calamari whilst perched atop a rooftop. And this summer, a new Brooklyn pop-up bar called Lemon’s could be your new go-to spot for just that. Located atop the stylish Wythe Hotel and opening May 22, the bar will offer a space for New Yorkers to unwind with fresh libations under oversized umbrellas on a bright garden terrace.

The acclaimed chefs behind Greenpoint bistro Chez Ma Tante—a Brooklyn favorite known for its delectable pancakes which coax crowds out of bed every weekend—will pioneer the bar’s food menu. In both the modern, marble interior of the space and the umbrella-outfitted exterior, you'll be able to order inventive takes on grilled cheese, raw oysters and tuna carpaccio on cracker crisps. 

Jim Kearns (Happiest Hour and Slowly Shirley) and Christine Kang (Soho House) are offering an array of tangy, summery low ABV cocktails stemming from a variety of Italian aperitifs. Other large-format drinks—such as the “Capri, Son” made with tequila, grapefruit, calamansi, honey and sparkling wine—will also be available. And if you are feeling a little spunky and funky, you can treat yourself to a OddFellows Ice Cream Co. spiked popsicle.

Looking for a fun new spot to party with your crew? The Squeeze, an intimate private space perfect for a post-wedding brunch or birthday celebration, will also be a part of the season-long pop-up.

Whether you're shading yourself from blazing midday rays, munching on a crisp calamari bite or perched on a bar stool mingling with friends on a late summer night, Lemon’s looks like a spot that will easily transport you from urban Williamsburg to the picturesque Italian coast. And, seriously, who wouldn't want that?

Photograph: Courtesy Lemon's

Photograph: Courtesy Lemon's

Photograph: Courtesy Lemon's

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