New York City and its locals are versed in the city’s many rooftop lounges. That is, they know most of them are awful. Still, the desire to drink cooling cocktails on a warm evening is a strong one, and New York’s biggest chefs have been picking up on it. First was Andrew Carmellini and his Noho crew, who last fall flung open Westlight, their sky-high bar and restaurant inside the William Vale Hotel.
Next up is Dale Talde, David Massoni, and John Bush who this week opened The Crown on the roof of the newly minted and controversial Hotel 50 Bowery. It’s actually the second rooftop this season for the Talde crew, who just weeks ago opened The Heights on the roof of Nomad’s Arlo Hotel. Where The Heights offers wonderful views of the Empire —and a menu of Detroit-style pizza, The Crown boasts unobstructed views of everything from the Empire Building to the Freedom Tower.
The drinks menu highlights produce often found in Chinatown like dragon fruit, papaya, lychee, and tamarind, and includes concoctions like the East India, a blend of gin, Pimms, lemongrass, ginger, cucumber, and lime. Beer, wine, sake, and soju are available, too.
The Crown sits on the 21st floor of the freshly opened Hotel 50 Bowery in Chinatown. Later this summer, the team will open Rice & Gold and The Green Lady inside the hotel as well. Take a look around The Crown and its views below. And let us know what you think if you happen to stop by.