A few weeks ago, a friend was in town visiting from California and wanted a nice, casual place to have a few drinks with friends. She opted for VU Rooftop Bar in Manhattan’s Koreatown—or K-Town, as locals know it. This intimate space—with no dress code or cover charge—is perched on the 14th floor of LaQuinta Manhattan Hotel and offers great views of the nearby Empire State Building. Open all year, the bar has retractable awnings, heats lamps and hot drinks during the cold winter months. Inside, the watering hole has couches and TVs. Stop by for the daily happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., or all day Sundays.