Summer in New York City is glorious. It’s the time of year when we rush to rooftop bars to enjoy cocktails with a view. So naturally, checking out Lovage Rooftop was at the top of my wishlist this summer. Lovage Rooftop is a new stylish rooftop bar in Midtown Manhattan. It features a glass roof, floor-to-ceiling windows, a cozy fireplace, and an impressive outdoor patio with a one-of-a-kind view.
Only a few blocks away from Port Authority Bus Terminal and Times Square, Lovage Rooftop is a great place for those looking for a fun outing day or night. For me, it was the perfect “after work spot” to unwind and catch up with a friend.
Update December 2017: Lovage Rooftop is unfortunately now permanently closed.
With 17-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and a see-through glass roof, Lovage Rooftop is open and airy. It feels like you’re stepping into a luxurious New York City apartment. The Scandinavian chic decor includes walnut herringbone floors as well as stroke-painted velvet chairs and comfortable Christian Lacroix designer fabrics.
Fun Fact: Lovage is a herb.
Yummy Tropical Drinks
Lovage Rooftop has two bars: one on the terrace and the other inside the enclosed indoor lounge. Immediately drawn to the outdoor space, we grabbed a high top table for two. There we enjoyed the breeze and browsed the menu.
Lovage has a number of specialty tropical-inspired cocktails including the “Caribbean Cosmo”, “Bamboo Avenue”, and my favorite “Kiwi Kolada”. I’m not big on cocktails but I enjoyed the Kiwi Kolada so much that I didn’t want it to end. The crème of coconut paired perfectly with the kiwi and lime. I’m not the only one who enjoyed my drink, my friend raved about her “Tropical Storm”.
Feeling the Vibes
Scanning the lounge, Lovage welcomed a mixed crowd including young professionals, fashionistas, couples, friends, and travelers.
Popular among the after-work crowd for its quality service, at Lovage, count on the mixologist remembering repeat customers. Lovage also recently extended happy hour from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This means that commuters who work late can now take advantage of discounted happy hour specials. On Wednesdays, Lovage Rooftop hosts “Wine Wednesdays” and on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays, you can watch football games.
New York City Skyline
On your way out, don’t forget to walk the length of the terrace to take in 360-degree views of New York City’s gorgeous skyline. The outdoor patio wraps around the building so this is one of the few places in the city where you can see iconic New York City landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Freedom Tower and the Hudson River simultaneously.
Although summer is most certainly rooftop season in New York City, with Lovage’s enclosed indoor lounge, you can admire New York City’s dreamy skyline all year round. I highly recommend visiting at sunset. And since the skyline is constantly changing, this is just one more reason to come back to Lovage and check out the new developments throughout the year.
After working up an appetite, we made our way downstairs to Craven, a spacious new restaurant, bar, and lounge known for its visually stunning dishes. We walked past a narrow hallway with modern, wooden shelves decorated with lush green plants. Dangling from the high ceilings, rattan chandeliers lit the space while flickering candlelight bounced off the white brick walls.
At the front lounge, we sat on bright green sofas right across from edgy Mongolian sheepskin chairs and metallic tables. I adored the Havana inspired theme and large cast iron ceiling arches.
For game enthusiasts, Craven has plans to introduce a giant game garden out back with all sorts of games like Cornhole and Jenga.
Overall Craven is elegant but also earthy and approachable.
Offering a blend of all-American comfort food and exotic dishes, you can find both onion soup as well as blistered Spanish octopus on the menu. Craven’s menu changes seasonally so visit throughout the year to try new bistro plates.
Served with ketchup and truffle herbed mayo, the Triple Cooked Kennabec Fries were divine. They were crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside – just how I like it. I savored every bite. I washed it all down with a refreshing Honey Dew cocktail garnished with fresh melon balls.
While most happy hour specials in Midtown end at 7 p.m., Craven recently extended their happy hour to cater more towards working professionals. What’s their rationale? Similar to Lovage, since New Yorkers tend to work late, Craven is filling the gap.
If you work nearby or plan to be in the area, visit Craven on a weeknight for an affordable evening cocktail. From Monday through Friday between 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy $5 USD draft beers, and $7 USD well drinks.
We all have our favorite local spots and neighborhood gems, Craven and Lovage Rooftop are now mine.
I was a guest of Lovage Rooftop, of course, all opinions are my own.