Escape Reality at the New York City Gem, The Roof at Park South

Skyline views, innovative cocktails, and tasty bites above the commotion of the city streets

The Roof at Park South

With dishes by James Beard Award-winning chef Tim Cushman, this lively spot offers delicious fare and inventive drinks.

One thing I love ― and will absolutely miss whenever I decide to move back to California ― is New York City’s gorgeous rooftop bar scene. There’s something glamorous and exhilarating about literally being above all the stress, odd smells, annoyances, and, at times, the plain gross reality of city living. Warm breezes, insanely picturesque views, killer cocktails, and bites ― honestly, what can top that essential summertime New York City experience?

I was surprised when I found out there was a lively rooftop right by my office that I had no idea existed! Complete with ridiculous views of the skyline and the Chrysler Building, the Roof at Park South, above the Park South Hotel, is ideal for anytime drinks (who says you have to wait until happy hour proper to enjoy a good cocktail?).

This gem has a lively, fun, laidback-yet-trendy atmosphere made even more perfect for the summer with its bright orange umbrella canopies, copper accents, and tea lights for when it gets dark.

Ted Kilpatrick, who previously served as bar director at chef Barbara Lynch's flagship No. 9 Park in Boston offers an assortment of inventive cocktails that include his signature margarita and frozen options like the overproof pĩna colada with plantation overproof, 5-year Barbados rums, pineapple, and coconut; and daiquiri por mi amante, with more rum plus tabasco, and strawberry.

The cocktail menu also features a category of “crushables” that include the bitter mai tai with rum, cappelletti, and porgeat; and a whiskey smash with bourbon, mint syrup, and lemon. Also on the menu are classic options, such as the Duke’s martini, which is taken to new heights as it is served with a portion of caviar.

Bites to keep your stomach happy all night range from a wagyu cheeseburger and truffled fries (amazingly crispy ― order them!) to a variety of thin crusted pizzas with toppings like fennel sausage, pepperoni, wild mushrooms, and the always indulgent, truffle oil.

New menu offerings that I’m particularly pumped about include funnel cakes topped with sweet toppings like blueberry sugar courtesy of Deanie Hickox and growler service ― think bottle service for your table, but with beer. There will be summertime brews on tap all season long, so bring your whole crew.

Throughout the summer, this rooftop will be hosting a slew of acclaimed cocktail bars that will guest bartend for the Roof at Park South’s patrons. Kilpatrick will be curating this lineup of mixologists; expectations are high!

Within the Park South Hotel is an impressive handful of restaurants by James Beard Award-Wining chef Tim Cushman and wife Nancy Cushman, an advanced sake professional, which include Covina, Covina Café, and O YA NYC, in addition to the Roof at Park South.

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