Rooftop bars in midtown Manhattan
At the end of a long, stressful week, sometimes all you want to do is decompress, and vent, with your friends over drinks.
That's easier said than done: Once you've rounded up the gang, you have to decide where to go. You could head over to the office's usual watering hole, the local dive bar, but you've spent the whole day cooped up inside, staring at a computer screen, and you're craving fresh air.
We recommend one of these midtown rooftop bars instead:
Toasting the cocktail bars of the '60s, this lounge perched 21 floors above the Garment District puts an emphasis on the martini. James Bond's drink of choice comes in all variations: dry, dirty, Gibson. Pair your pick with Mediterranean-inspired bites like toasted almonds with smoked Spanish paprika and larger plates like a grilled chicken skewer served with hummus and mixed greens. The design of the space, comprising an indoor lounge and a garden terrace, draws on the vaults and shapes of Spanish architecture. The bar's name is Spanish in origin, too: Castell is the Catalan word for "castle." AC Hotel, 260 W. 40t St., Manhattan, castellnyc.com, 212-284-3741
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