New York City-Midtown Manhattan
May 11, 2018
With the coming of the sun, New York’s rooftop terraces open up in all their glory. The Gramercy Terrace at the Gramercy Park Hotel is one of the most striking; a stylish, summery space dripping in beautiful foliage, hung with strings of lights and, of course, offering dazzling views of the city. Seventeen storeys up, with a retractable roof, the terrace has been designed to echo the famous rooftop bars of the early 20th century. As smartly attired staff mix cocktails and pour flutes of champagne, lean back, sip a basil margarita, and soak in the rarefied atmosphere of this ß-country club in the skyß-. The inside space is designed to reflect the comfort of a private home, while blending seamlessly into the outside area. Elegant furniture is arrestingly contrasted with rare twentieth century masterpieces by the likes of Andy Warhol and Damian Hirst, which are displayed on rotation. Chef Jeff Seizer’s menu features classic American comfort food with a playful twist, so expect favourites like lobster rolls, fried chicken and cheeseburgers. Some of the super fresh ingredients are even grown on the rooftop itself. The atmosphere is one of exclusivity the space is now open to the public during the day, but only until 3pm. After hours it’s reserved for private hotel events. But with breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch all on offer, and the option to make reservations up to 10 days in advance, even the hoi polloi can enjoy a taste of this sanctuary high above Manhattan .