This year's best hotel bar is as American as apple pie—if that apple pie were served with a wacky cocktail on a balcony overlooking one of the best views in Manhattan. Eighteen stories high, on top of the James hotel in Soho, Jimmy patrons sprawl out on mod furniture and sip cocktails ($17 each) with a twist: The Kitty Hawk features Hendrick's Gin; the Grapes of Wrath, cucumber vodka; and the Piglet has Knob Creek Bourbon, maple syrup, barbecue bitters, and peanut salt. With its moonshine and bay leaf, the Blair Witch certainly scared us a little. We settled for a simple pinot and the undeniably American view. From the bar's deck, One World Trade Center is thataway, and the Empire State Building is opposite. 15 Thompson Street, 212-201-9118, (10013)

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15 Thompson St.
New York NY 10013


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