Ophelia is a new rooftop lounge located in the Beekman Tower in Midtown East.
With New York feeling like spring in the middle of February, this couldn’t have come at a better time – though you can enjoy the 360-degree views of the East River and Manhattan skyline all year around. Merchants Hospitality and Public Agenda have partnered together to transform the space into a cocktail lounge, while still keeping the historic features that were once witnessed by artists like Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis and Frank Zappa.
Taking inspiration from the 1920s and 30s, the design of rooftop Ophelia – a popular name in the 30s – takes you back in time, with record players, antique silverware and tarot cards. The grand terrace is fitted with velvet furnishings to resemble the inside of a jewelry box, while the circular terrace patiently waits for summer to arrive, featuring black and white tiles, two exterior balconies and banquet seating
Helmed by Executive Chef Stephen Putnam – formerly of Bergdorf and Goodman’s BG restaurant – the menu revolves around small dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Highlights include Maine Lobster Spring Roll with mango and Thai dipping sauce; Hudson Valley Foie Gras with dried cherries and Pork Belly Sliders with cucumber pickle, radish sprouts and hoisin. If you’re looking for something a little more fancy, there is a classic caviar service.
Mixologist Amir Babayoff from Barley & Grain is in charge of cocktails, offering a menu with modern classics and signature cocktails. Of course, there is a cocktail dedicated to the rooftop lounge: Ophelia’s Ascension, made with charcoal, Bourbon, and Mezcal infused with smoked Jamaican peppers, as well as The Fitzgerald (whiskey cocktail garnished with home made kumquat jelly) and Purple Tuxedo (a gin-based lavender cocktail topped with edible golden flakes).
Cocktails cost $16–28, while the small dishes vary between $15 and $32 (excluding the caviar service).
In a Nutshell:
With sweeping views, intimate seating and small bites that are perfect for sharing, Ophelia is likely to become a popular date-night destination. We’re free Friday, if you’re asking.