Take the elevator up to the 32nd floor of this midtown hotel and you'll find yourself in the restaurant's rooftop restaurant and lounge, simply called Upstairs. The main draw is the 360-degree view of the city with a great vantage point for admiring the Chrysler Building. A retractable glass skylight and heated floors mean the venue can stay open even during the winter. Glowing string lights, luxe leather chairs and bronze panels give the entire 4,000-square-foot space a feel that falls somewhere between neo-gothic and Art Deco. Executive chef Gwenaël Le Pape (Jean-Georges) prepares an eclectic international small plates menu including upscale dishes like truffle mac and cheese, baby lamb lollipops with ratatouille and seared steak tartare. The specialty cocktails aren't cheap, but what else would you expect in a posh midtown rooftop bar? Drinks like the Chrysler and the Pomme D'or utilize quality ingredients like Veuve Clicquot and organic apple cider, respectively.—Keith Wagstaff
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