Omni Escapes Magazine Escapes Magazine Fall 2017 - Page 61

R ooftop bars are taking cocktails and cuisine to new heights. From fun, vibrant nightspots to quiet, intimate hideaways, these venues offer unique experiences paired with breathtaking views. The panoramic windows or open-air patios showcase everything from spectacular sunsets to evening fireworks displays. Here, discover some of the best rooftop bars in six of the country’s top urban travel destinations. THE SKYLARK, NEW YORK CITY Perched 30 stories in the sky and towering above Times Square and Madison Square Garden, The Skylark’s rooftop wraps around three sides of the building, giving guests views of the Hudson River, Midtown, Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. “Not many venues can say they offer such an inclusive snapshot of the city at one time,” says David Rabin, principal of The Skylark. During warmer months, the rooftop is buzzing with activity. “There is always a nice blend of local New Yorkers, businesspeople coming in after work, and ‘in the know’ tourists visiting the rooftop to enjoy a drink with friends and enjoy beautiful weather,” Rabin says. No wonder The Skylark’s signature cocktail, which bears the same name, was inspired by the view. The blue-hued martini reflects the city’s cloudless sky, blending Beefeater Gin, Ketel One Vodka, St-Germain liqueur, Blue Curacao and fresh lemon juice, garnished with a bright red brandied cherry. “It was inspired by the feeling of being really part of the blue skies of New York City as you take in the unobstructed views,” Rabin says. The Skylark’s cocktail menu reflects the latest trends and techniques in mixology. The bar’s Cold Brew Coffee Swizzle, a tropical rum and coconut drink made with cold brew coffee, is just one example of that. The food menu is also forward-thinking, inspired by locally sourced and fresh, seasonal ingredients. “Our customers are really interested in natural options like fresh herbs and honey and take great pride in sup- porting local farms like those they see here in New York at our farmers markets,” Rabin says. FA L L 2 0 1 7 OE3-Roof-eV6-e.indd 61 LEGAL HARBORSIDE, BOSTON Legal Sea Foods, one of Boston’s most renowned restaurant groups, offers an equally iconic rooftop experience at its three-story flagship location, Legal Harborside. The restaurant’s rooftop is open year- round, but during the warmer months, the dining experience becomes even more extraordinary. The space becomes completely alfresco, offering unparalleled views of Boston Harbor. “You can see various boats and vessels going by,” says Richard Vellante, executive chef for Legal Sea Foods. “The ferries are taking passengers to Cape Cod, cruise ships are entertain- ing passengers on dinner excursions and there are lots of pleasure boats. … And sunsets over the har- bor are very picturesque.” The atmosphere is the perfect place for socializing and sharing, and the food and drinks follow suit. Sushi is a favorite on the rooftop as well as pitchers of cocktails. Multiple types of sangria, including special seasonal options, are also available by pitcher or glass. “We know that it’s always fun to share meals and drinks with friends and family,” Vellante says. “The more, the merrier.” Wine offerings include Veuve Clicquot Rosé and Laurent-Perrier Brut, as well as pours from labels such as Cakebread Cellars and Ramey Wine Cellars. Draft beer and cocktails round out the menu. | 61 | ESCAPES 9/29/17 3:28 PM