By Just opened New york April 25, 2018 PDF Article Original Article Press
Just Opened New York - Ophelia

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.

The Spot:

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

The Food:

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.

The Drinks:

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).

The Damage:

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.