Whether you are planning your visit to NYC or you reside here, some of the best views in the city come from an unexpected place. No, not the Empire State Building, not the Top of the Rock, and not even the Brooklyn Bridge (although all of these places offer amazing views of their own).
I’m talking rooftop bars and restaurants.
Recently, while celebrating a friend’s birthday, we discovered a fairly new rooftop bar that offered some of the best views I’ve seen in the last 12 or so years of living here.
A little off the beaten track, sitting far over in SOHO on the Hudson River, is a fairly new hotel within the last few years called Hotel Hugo. Their website describes their style as bohemian chic combined with industrial, representing the history and stories of lower Manhattan.
Along with stylish sleeping accommodations and a cafe, this hotel boasts two bars that take up both their rooftop and top floor, giving some pretty incredible panoramic views.
Azul on the Roof
The rooftop bar is called Azul on the Roof. This Cuban inspired cantina features breathtaking views, comfy seating areas, and a cocktail menu.
When we arrived, it was overcast and getting a little chilly (not common weather in NYC over Labor Day weekend). We headed straight to Azul on the Roof and found that the plus to the iffy weather was that we practically had the entire rooftop to ourselves! We settled down into a comfy, cushioned corner seating area and checked out the views… and the drink menu!
View Looking Across the Hudson River to New Jersey
So, the cocktails were a little pricey at the rooftop bar ($17.00 each!). They were very good, but, while one was great, if you are looking to have a few drinks, I would recommend getting the bulk of your drinks at the bar downstairs, Bar Hugo, where they have happy hour everyday from 5-9 along with an appetizer menu.
When it started to drizzle, we headed downstairs to Bar Hugo where we spent the next few hours enjoying some drinks (happy hour!), appetizers, some more beautiful views, a live DJ, and great atmosphere. If you are looking for somewhere to get comfy and enjoy good food and drinks with company, then this is your spot. As night fell, the lounge we were in transformed along with it with mood lighting and live DJ giving it more of a night out feel.
Hotel Hugo was a new experience for me and one I would recommend to tourists and residents alike. The views were fantastic, food and drinks delicious, and, along with a great atmosphere, was just a great place to spend an afternoon and/or evening. I hope to go back on a day with nicer weather!
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