New York City-Lower East Manhattan
May 11, 2018
You don’t pop in to Mr. Purple to just ‘have a drink’, or only just to dine. No, Mr. Purple is definitely a destination bar – one you arrive at early, and leave late. This is in part due to the fact that they have amazing views over the roofs of New York City, and in part due to their private pool – the ultimate draw on a sticky summertime day. Looking more like a contemporary loft apartment than a restaurant/bar, Mr. Purple sits atop the Hotel Indigo in the Lower East Side and boasts an expansive rooftop terrace complete with padded lounge seats and twinkling fairy lights, designed in color palette of greys, yellows and purples (naturally). Inside, the long metal bar invites you to pull up a leather pew and enjoy your drinks while admiring the city skyline through the huge plate glass windows. But let’s not get too bogged down with the decor details – the drinks themselves are worthy of our time. Mr. Purple’s cocktail list is replete with classics and contemporaries, all mixed up with top-shelf spirits and fresh juices. Two of their concoctions (the Moscow Mule and the Sparkling Negroni) are actually carbonated and bottled in-house, then presented to customers in tiny soda bottles for their drinking enjoyment. And no-one’s going to complain about the heat when they have the Summertime Spice to cool them down (silver tequila, chile liqueur, agave nectar and fresh lemon). There’s also craft beer on tap and international brews in cans, as well as a decent wine list, while the food menu spans brunch, lunch and dinner with delights like the Lobster Roll, the Kale Caesar and the Yukon Gold Home Fries.