[Photos: Nick Solares]
Roof at Park South, the new roof bar from Boston restaurateurs Tim and Nancy Cushman at the Park South Hotel, will open to the public this Thursday, after a few days of private friends and family events. The roof space features a long bar, plenty of seats, multiple fireplaces, and views of Murray Hill and the Chrysler Building and can be accessed via an entrance on 27th Street between Park and Lex.
Known for high-end Japanese dishes at his restaurant O Ya, chef Cushman will step outside the genre to create a menu of Mediterranean-leaning bar snacks here, including potato croquettes with fontina and gold leaf, lamb meatballs, pizza, and crudo. The cocktail list, created by No. 9 alum Ted Kilpatrick, is "all over the place," he admits, but generally features drinks geared toward al fresco boozing, priced at $13 - 20. That means martinis, gin and tonics (with imported Schweppes Indian tonic), daiquiris, margaritas, and other light and bright cocktails, all served in super thin vintage glassware. As is the case at O Ya, the playlists are all Tim Cushman's.
The roof bar is really a prelude to the main event from the Cushmans: a restaurant space, bar, and possible room service, all in the works for next year after the hotel finishes a top to bottom renovation (the rooms are 50 percent completed). But they're dipping their toes in the water first with this here bar.
Since it is a high-end cocktail bar and not the typical roof bar boozefest, expect tight crowd control, with point people at both the ground floor and roof area entrances. She opens at 4 p.m. nightly. A limited number of reservations are available by calling 212- 204-5222.