Category: rooftop bars


Girls Night Out: Gramercy

January 28th, 2012 — 8:05pm

Last night, I headed down to Gramercy for a girls night out with my friend Bobbi and four of her galpals.

The Hurricane Club: Our corner banquette (pictured back left here) offered a perfect view of the SATC-esque crowd

Our first stop — the Hurricane Club, a swanky Asian fusion restaurant with high ceilings, huge potted plants and a Casablanca meets Sex And The City vibe. As I took in the perfectly coiffed, fashionista and GQ-heavy crowd, we enjoyed the exotic flavors for which this place is known (sangria garnished with lychee and flowers, PB and guava “J” with thai basil, cashew chicken).

After a sinfully decadent dessert of chocolate devils food cake with a carmelized banana slice, we walked a few blocks north to the Gansevoort Hotel on Park Avenue. Like its equally trendy SoHo sibling, the newer Gansevoort has become a place to see and be seen. Velvet ropes, guest lists, bouncers with attitude — you get the idea.

Fortunately, though we weren’t on any guest list, Bobbi managed to work her charm and the fact that we were a group of six women to get us inside after only a 15 minute wait. Much as I feared, what we found at the hotel’s rooftop bar wasn’t my idea of a good time — loud, thumping music and an overcrowded scene.

Call me a party pooper, but all the allure of floor to ceiling windows, plush couches and low lightings dims pretty quickly when you’re constantly getting jostled.

Sensing my lack of enthusiasm, Bobbi read my mind when she said–

“We’re getting too old for this.”

Amen to that.

And so, one quick non-alcoholic drink later, I said goodnight and stepped onto the elevator — whereupon I found myself standing across from a cute, salt and pepper haired guy. He smiled at me, quickly introduced himself and before I knew it, we were sitting in the lobby exchanging tales of travel and creative inspirations.

It turned out he was celebrating a friend’s birthday. I was ready to head home anyway, so we exited together — and he gallantly walked me to a taxi.

I was still smiling as the cab pulled up in front of my building. For the first time in a long time, new york had surprised me in a good way. Like my often exasperating, never let up hometown was telling this single gal — hang in there, you never know what’s right around the corner.

I just love it when that happens.

2 comments » | Girls Night Out, Gramercy bars, rooftop bars, Sex and The City

Charitable Event Pick: Sizzlin’ Summer Rooftop BBQ

July 27th, 2011 — 8:12am

It’s no secret NYC is scorching in summer – what better way to make the best of it than at a rooftop party for a good cause?

Tonight, Party4ACause presents A Sizzlin’ Summer Rooftop BBQ, a benefit for The Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation. Based in New York, the CCBF is the oldest and largest charitable US organization   dedicated to the care of children with cancer and blood disorders.

The Delancey Rooftop is where you can enjoy BBQ for a good cause on July 27th

The party will take place from 7-10pm at The Delancey Hotel’s rooftop lounge. Along with burgers and hot dogs, guests will enjoy specialty spiced drinks by Prometheus Springs, sweet treats by Little Miss Cake Company, shaved ice creations from Wooly’s Ice, and mini-cupcakes from Baked by Melissa (ahem, not me). Also on the menu —  a silent auction and raffle featuring packages from Veev Spirits, Vineyard Vines, Wine, Cigars, Wildfox Clothing, Restaurant Gift Certificates and a bag from designer Tory Burch.

Admission with cash bar is $30 (food and drinks specials included) or  $60 with open bar. Click here to book.

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Singles Event Pick: Red, White & Boom

July 2nd, 2011 — 7:01pm

                                              

If you’re looking for something to festive to do this holiday weekend, you might want to check out Red, White & Boom.

Tomorrow, mingle and enjoy summer-themed cocktails at the Empire Hotel Rooftop on NYC’s Upper West Side. DJ music starts at 8pm.

Cash bar and admission is free with advance RSVP online. Click here to book.

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Girls Night Out: Midtown

July 23rd, 2010 — 4:17pm

Last weekend, I enjoyed a girls night out with my new friend Faith.

The Peninsula Rooftop: A great spot for rooftop mingling

Our mission was to check out one of NYC’s new rooftop bars. When the one we had in mind was closed for a private party, we headed over to the bar atop the swanky Peninsula Hotel in Midtown.

Over a crisp glass of Chardonnay, we surveyed the well-dressed, friendly crowd. At one point, fortysomething bachelor Alan came over and asked the clichéd line of why we were single. Alan was nice enough, albeit a little too friendly with his hands.

Suddenly craving a change of scenery, Faith and I headed over to Irish pub O’Flanagan’s — joined by Linda and Vania, two fun and fabulous single gals we had met at the Peninsula. As we danced the night away to some cheesy 80’s tunes, I couldn’t help thinking how easy it is to meet great people in NYC. I can’t wait to see how the singles scene stacks up in London and the other amazing cities on my European Dating Blitz!

2 comments » | Girls Night Out, Midtown NYC hotels, O'Flanagan's, rooftop bars

Charitable Event Pick: Starlight’s Night Under The Stars

July 8th, 2010 — 2:44pm

Rooftop mingling awaits at the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s upcoming
second annual Night Under The Stars.

Set for Monday September 13th from 6-9pm (rain or shine), the event will take place once again at rooftop bar 230 Fifth in NYC’s Midtown. Included in the ticket price — premium open bar and hors d’oeuvres. I had the pleasure of attending last year’s soiree and it attracted a fun and friendly professional crowd.

For more information, contact Jennifer at 212.354.2878 or jennifer@starlightnyc.org.

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Singles Event Pick: Summer Sundays

August 21st, 2009 — 1:12am

Summer may be winding down, but the singles event scene in NYC continues to heat up. This weekend, the Empire Hotel’s popular rooftop lounge is hosting Summer Sunday.

The Empire Hotel Rooftop: Enjoy Summer Sundays right here

A seasonal series, Summer Sundays offer sunset cocktails, a view of Central Park and house Djs spinning down tempo and chill beats. The free six-hour event kicks off at 5pm and you can RSVP here.

I learned about Summer Sundays through a fabulous Facebook group co-founded by hostess with the mostess April Lynn Martin. From fashion events and charity galas to gallery openings and art parties, this is the group to sign up for if you’re a single New Yorker and want to be in the know.

Coming up…a memorable tribute to TV’s longest running show and a taste of France right here in Gotham.

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Singles Event Pick: Summer Sundays

August 20th, 2009 — 8:12pm

Summer may be winding down, but the singles event scene in NYC continues to heat up. This weekend, the Empire Hotel’s popular rooftop lounge is hosting Summer Sunday.

The Empire Hotel Rooftop: Enjoy Summer Sundays right here

A seasonal series, Summer Sundays offer sunset cocktails, a view of Central Park and house Djs spinning down tempo and chill beats. The free six-hour event kicks off at 5pm and you can RSVP here.

I learned about Summer Sundays through a fabulous Facebook group co-founded by hostess with the mostess April Lynn Martin. From fashion events and charity galas to gallery openings and art parties, this is the group to sign up for if you’re a single New Yorker and want to be in the know.

Coming up…a memorable tribute to TV’s longest running show and a taste of France right here in Gotham.

Comment » | Central Park, Empire Hotel, Facebook, rooftop bars, singles events, summer events

Singles Event Pick: Spring Tuesdays

May 17th, 2009 — 10:02pm

One of my favorite rooftop bars is at the Empire Hotel on New York’s Upper West Side. From a Time Out New York summer soiree to a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, I’ve enjoyed many memorable evenings here.

NYC’s Empire Hotel is hosting Spring Tuesdays

The Empire Hotel Rooftop is currently hosting Spring Tuesdays – Sunset Cocktails and (Free) Jazz. Music is performed by the Stephane Wrembel trio from 6:30 to 9:30pm and you can RSVP for the event here.

Spring Tuesdays run through May 26th. For a look at the swanky crowd that has attended so far, check out the Sunset Cocktails feature at GuestofaGuest.com.

Comment » | Empire Hotel, live music, rooftop bars, singles events, sunset cocktails, Upper West Side

Singles Event Pick: Spring Tuesdays

May 17th, 2009 — 5:02pm

One of my favorite rooftop bars is at the Empire Hotel on New York’s Upper West Side. From a Time Out New York summer soiree to a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, I’ve enjoyed many memorable evenings here.

NYC’s Empire Hotel is hosting Spring Tuesdays

The Empire Hotel Rooftop is currently hosting Spring Tuesdays – Sunset Cocktails and (Free) Jazz. Music is performed by the Stephane Wrembel trio from 6:30 to 9:30pm and you can RSVP for the event here.

Spring Tuesdays run through May 26th. For a look at the swanky crowd that has attended so far, check out the Sunset Cocktails feature at GuestofaGuest.com.

Comment » | Empire Hotel, live music, rooftop bars, singles events, sunset cocktails, Upper West Side

Surviving My First Engagement Party

February 25th, 2009 — 11:07pm

Saturday night, I attended my friend Cindy’s engagement party – my first experience as a guest at this type of soiree.

Like most firsts, this one was accompanied by some anxiety about the unknown. What kind of gift is appropriate? Would I be stranded in a sea of couples, forced to explain why I’m still single? Thankfully, I emerged from the event not only unscathed but happy to have been part of it.

Bride-to-be Cindy and me at her engagement party

Held at the inviting Westchester clubhouse of the housing development where Cindy’s parents live, the intimate party (about 50 guests) acquainted me with more of her nearest and dearest – and gave me the opportunity to catch up with her fiancé Jason.

A genuine sweetheart of a guy, Jason always has a smile on his face and a concert on his calendar. We talked about our shared affinity for live music (he’s been to more than 700 shows – including a week-long stint attending Springsteen at Giants Stadium last summer) and about his pragmatic approach to wedding planning.

Simply put, he said, follow his spreadsheet of nuptial to do’s and act quickly when finding a great vendor.

“I’ve got concerts and movies to see,” he quipped.

Jason’s don’t-waste-time approach mirrors the path he and Cindy have taken since meeting on J-Date about a year ago. They got engaged in December and will be married in July. They knew what they wanted and made it happen, no muss, no fuss. My kind of couple — and the complete opposite of another 30-something duo at the party.

Together on and off for more than two years, they spent most of the evening sniping at each other. The male half told me he’s in no hurry to move to the suburbs because he’s still “single.” Yikes.

When it came time for speeches congratulating the happy couple, I couldn’t help feeling a surge of envy – not for their romantic bliss, but for their good fortune in having parents to share it with.

And then, just like that, I remembered my parents’ attitude of gratitude and redirected my thoughts toward what I do have — a world of family and friends who I know will be right by my side when my turn as a bride comes.

For now, I plan to continue enjoying the perks of life as a single gal. Much to my surprise, the second part of my action-packed Saturday night afforded the chance to do exactly that.

Coming up…A Mardi Gras celebration at one of New York’s swanky rooftop bars and a look at a local performing arts showcase.

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