New York City-City-Center
May 11, 2018
Who can resist a great view? But in a city that’s blessed with spots to take in the scenery, it’s always going to take a little more than picture windows to really make a venue. Luckily, the new rooftop bar at the James Hotel offers you the obligatory views of the Hudson River but, 18th floor location aside, it’s also a stylish spot in its own right. Billed as a ß-contemporary interpretation of a classic pub with a 1970’s New York twistß-, the bar is on the small side but it’s elegantly decked out with comfy blue banquettes and an abundance of dark wood as well as an inviting fireplace. Though it has plenty to recommend it on a nippy autumn evening, it comes properly into its own in the warmer months when the doors open onto the terrace, the capacity doubles and guests can frolic in the dinky rooftop pool. (The bar is open to all hotel guests before 9pm, after 9 you get in via the ground floor entrance). The drinks are well made, with cocktails including the ODB, a fresh take on a dirty martini, a Howard Hughes (made with Nolet Gin) or the splendidly named Jezebel, a mix of floral liquors and champagne. There are bar snacks available from early evening on we’d be tempted to try the David Burke Lollipop Tree just to see what it’s like, but for the less adventurous there are decent cheese or charcuterie plates. A great place to take a date, Jimmy offers quality drinks and an atmosphere understated in its glamour and of course those amazing views are always going to be a draw.