The Best of Fun and Nightlife
The 35th annual edition of our survey of the best of everything the city has to offer.
3 Mitchell Pl., at First Ave.; 212-980-4796
On the 26th floor of the U.N.-adjacent Beekman Tower, Ophelia offers elegance rarely found in the arteries of Midtown East. With indoor and terrace seating, wraparound windows, and panoramic views of Manhattan, the East River, and Long Island City, the former Top of the Tower restaurant (a favorite of Frank Sinatra and his cohort) fits in with the circa-1928 building’s Art Deco style. Elevators open to a long pewter bar dramatically framed by arched, 13-foot-tall iron windows, and the plentiful plush perimeter seating is accentuated by deep-blue walls and black-and-white-tile flooring, occupied on recently launched DJ nights by low-key head-bobbers. Then there are the drinks: updated classics like the Far East Side, which combines gin and shiso-infused shochu, and the heady, photogenic Ophelia’s Ascension, lacing pepper-infused mezcal with cedar smoke.