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The Hyatt Times Square is Now Home to NYC's Tallest Rooftop Lounge

Where: 135 West 45th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
February 13, 2014 at 9:14 AM | by | ()

If you managed to snag yourself a date for Valentine's evening, here's a brand new bar to take (and impress) them. Opening on February 14th, Bar 54 at the newly opened Hyatt Times Square is Manhattan's highest rooftop lounge, rising 54 floors above street level and offering spectacular views of Lower Manhattan, from the Chrysler Building to the World Trade Center, and even the Times Square ball. We're already thinking New Year's Eve reservations.

Designed by SPAN Architecture, Bar 54 is a 122-seat indoor/outdoor lounge serving specialty cocktails, fine wines and a selection of small plates. Outside, colorful lounge seating is warmed by cozy outdoor fireplaces while the inside section features a variegated wood ‘trunk' and laser cut ceiling panels.

Hot mixologist Julie Reiner (owner of Clover Club and Flatiron Lounge) designed the bar's spirits list and cocktail menu, as well as the cocktail menu for the hotel’s recently opened restaurant, T-45 Diner. Served by snappily dressed bartenders, the cocktail list includes such concoctions as a Roman Holiday ($23) made with Miller's Westbourne Strength, Aperol and Martini Blanco, and La Rosa ($23) with Cabeza Blanco tequila, Ramazzotti Amaro, lemon, strawberry and rose Champagne. (We did some, er, research and can heartily recommend La Rosa).

The bar will also offer three punch bowls for the table, including this one Green Submarine, which is made with Pimm's, Tanqueray, green Charteuse, ginger syrup, lemon, cucumber and soda. A more potent Pimm's Cup, if you will.

While the snow continues to pile up in this manner, we think we'll be sticking to the indoor section for now. Come summer, though, we predict there will be some fighting for space out on the deck.

Rates for Valentine's night start at a surprisingly reasonable $199.

[Photos: Karen Gardiner for HotelChatter]

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