With its laid-back, beachy atmosphere, the HGU New York Hotel Rooftop Bar is a far cry from other rooftop bars in New York City.
New York City – This May 22nd, Guild Magazine attended the seasonal opening of the HGU New York Hotel Rooftop Bar. The re-imaged location is the result of a partnership with the acclaimed New York City chef, John DeLucie. One who for two decades has shaped the culinary industry in New York City with his visionary concepts. This time, the star chef will use his talent and creativity to introduce new food and cocktails experiences across the restaurants and bars found at this luxury boutique hotel in the center of Manhattan.
For the Rooftop Bar, Chef DeLucie was inspired by the small village of Montauk, located in the Long Island peninsula, and one widely known for its windy beaches. Its decor is reminiscent of a beach house patio, lending to a warm and cozy atmosphere; one that is a far cry from other, at-times-unbearably-noisy, New York City rooftop bars.
The menu on offer is also evocative of this beach-side, carefree concept. Some of our favorite fresh summer bites include the Maine Lobster Roll (with lobster butter and scallions on a brioche bun), the Montauk Summer Ale Fish Taco (with summer slaw in a corn tortilla), the Summer Dog (a beef hot dog in a Martin’s potato roll), the Shrimp Ceviche (seasoned with lime, cilantro, chilies, tomato, and onions), and the Green Garbanzo Hummus (served with house-made pita). However, our definite favorite – one that is a complete explosion of flavors to your palate – was the House-made Ricotta, complimented with rustic grilled bread, Mike’s Hot Honey, and fresh figs. All dishes offered at the Rooftop Bar are crafted from the freshest ingredients the region has to offer.
A range of summer-inspired cocktails will also delight those visiting the Rooftop Bar. Refreshing offerings include a Frozen Rhubarb Mojito, Long Island wines, and an assortment of seasonal and signature Montauk Brewing Company beers.
The opening of the Rooftop Bar marks the first phase of DeLucie’s plan for HGU New York’s food and beverage outlets. Later during the summer, he will also operate the historic 1905 Lounge, the Lobby Bar, and open a new signature restaurant with the goal of being the top dining destination in the coveted NoMad neighboorhood. – GM