New York Rooftop Lounge
Inspired by the German Winter Garden that stood along the Bowery in the mid-18th century, The Highlight Room is a stylish garden in the sky perched high above the Lower East Side. Ascending on a dedicated elevator from a street-level alley behind the hotel, patrons arrive at a magical oasis 16 stories above the ground: Hanging plants and fabric lanterns sway from the ceiling above the bar, lush greenery springs from hidden corners, and, at the center, a majestic tree spreads its branches towards all four corners of the room.
The bar, set off by wooden arches and antique mirrors, complements the greenery, and elaborate, candelabra-style chandeliers allude to the candles that would illuminate the German garden as evening fell. Layers of premium materials — plaster, brass, velvet upholstery, caramel drapery, terrazzo tiles — add a dose of playful luxury. Although the bar is open to the public, the overall sense is of a swank member’s club, a private Eden commanding the sky above the Lower East Side.
The Highlight Room’s real showstopper is the spectacular view of the city through a glass wall that spans the entire width of the room and folds back to allow access to the outdoor terrace. From there, guests can lift a cocktail to the expansive views — north to the Empire State Building, south to the Freedom Tower. The north and south sides of the room are lined with two-toned leather and velvet banquettes positioned to take advantage of the cityscape views from floor-to-ceiling windows.