Drinks »Berry Park

While the weather still permits it, you should try to make it out to Berry Park, the new super mellow rooftop beer hall behind the automotive high school in Williamsburg.

The views of Manhattan are great and the menu of beers is impressive but be warned – a lot of these brews are quite strong. The German dunkels (dark beers) are always a favorite of mine and currently the HB Dunkel is featured on the menu. Some nights the rooftop bar itself is out of service, but the trek downstairs is not a far one. So far, it's never been overly crowded or obnoxious, which is probably the greatest feature of all.

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Posted on October 12, 2009

Restaurants »Alma

alma restaurantThe largest draw for the out-of-the-way Red Hook restaurant Alma is the impressive views of the city from their large, often crowded open rooftop. But even when the view is obscured by the dark clouds this crazy summer system weather has been bringing our way, there's still much to recommend about this casual Mexican eatery.

The staff was very accommodating and gracious to our large party and laid on the sauce for a rather tearful goodbye to a dear coworker moving on to LA. Both margaritas (which I throughly enjoyed) and Sangria pitchers moved freely around the tables between varied small dishes like ceviche, tacquitos, and steak nachos fresca with the tangy guacamole and cheese tamales standing out as the most memorable and yummy.

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Posted on July 13, 2009

Drinks »Met Rooftop

met roof top martinis

? Why do I mention it now?

Because you really have to have one drink up here once a summer and summer will be over before you know it.

Here's what I said back on 9/11/06:

The view: divine. The crowd: civilized. The drinks: well made. Grabbing a drink after work with friends on the lovely rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum is a certain must before it closes for the season. Equally fun is the nearly empty walk through the museum on the way out.

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Posted on June 15, 2009