Two of Williamsburg’s trailblazing restaurateurs today open a rooftop restaurant and bar in the neighborhood’s Hoxton hotel for the summer season.
It’s the first full season for Summerly, at 97 Wythe Ave. between North Ninth and North 10th streets, which opened for just a few days to catch the end of warm weather in 2018. The menu focuses on New England coastal seafood classics, such as fried calamari, a lobster roll, double stack burger, and clam pizza. Drinks are equally summer-friendly, with a negroni spritz, key lime colada, and cucumber mojito. The menu is in full below from Warren Bair, the chef of Greenpoint stand-by Five Leaves. It’s the rare public rooftop in the area that’s more of a restaurant than bar.
In addition to Summerly, there’s also Backyard, the Hoxton’s outdoor bar on the second floor. The focus there is more on beer and meat, with sausages from acclaimed butcher shop the Meat Hook, nachos, and burgers. It’s a chiller space than rooftop bars tend to be, with ping pong tables.
All the food and drink at the Hoxton — there’s also the restaurant Klein’s — comes from Jud Mongell of Five Leaves and Zeb Stewart of Cafe Colette, Union Pool, and Hotel Delmano. They’re two major names in the Williamsburg and Greenpoint restaurant scene who helped shape what it is today by opening Union Pool and Five Leaves in the early aughts. The duo told Eater in September that they hope their venues at the Hoxton become equally as vital to the neighborhood locals.
Williamsburg is already rooftop central, where most rooftop bars and restaurants in Brooklyn are located in part due to its waterfront location and city views. Summerly, too has, has Manhattan skyline views.
Summerly is now open Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Friday from 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.