Rooftop Nirvana

Rooftop Nirvana

Palm trees and lush, brightly colored potted plants…huge sun and rain umbrellas…an outdoor bar…am I dreamily sipping a Mai Tai on the island of Antigua? Actually no: I am dreamily sipping a Mojito in the middle of Manhattan and gazing at the dramatic green lights emanating from the Empire State Building.

And here is an example of one of the great contrasts of New York City…take in a visit to one of the city’s rooftop bars, like 230 Fifth, and be figuratively transported to a Caribbean island…complete with the perpetually smiling bartenders and aforementioned greenery. Instead of drinking in vistas of the Caribbean Sea, however, it will be the Freedom Tower, and as views go, that ain’t too shabby. At 230 Fifth, outdoor heaters provide comfort when the weather turns nippier, and on those humid Manhattan nights, get an additional cool from a frosty drink. A busy yet serene rooftop garden, surrounded by a concrete jungle. A study in contrasts—what could be more New York? 230 Fifth, Fifth Ave. at 27th St., 212-725-4300