New rooftop terrace bar and restaurant Social Drink & Food is now open on the 4th floor of boutique hotel YOTEL in the heart of Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen. The largest outdoor space of any hotel in the city — comprising 7,000 square feet —opened the first week of May as an oasis in the sky with globally inspired street food and refreshing cocktails.
YOTEL restaurant Green Fig’s chef Kfir Ben-Ari, former executive chef of the Provencal restaurant Paradou, has created shareable dishes that take inspiration from street foods of the Middle East, France, Italy, North Africa, and beyond. The menu offers finger foods for grazing such as roasted Moroccan spiced nuts and marinated Mediterranean olives, to larger fare like chicken shashlik skewers with charred tomato, onions, and pita or the Social Salad with arugula, beets, goat cheese, and candied walnuts in an apple cider walnut vinaigrette, to full entrees of steak frites and chimichurri sauce and tempura-battered fish ‘n’ chips with rosemary fries and caramelized lemon.
Rotating street fair specials range from ceviche, to roast pork, to grilled street corn, to spicy popcorn chicken. Pizzas include the Carnivoro with bacon, sausage, and pepperoni; tropical Hula Hula with ham, pineapple, and jalapeno peppers; a classic Margherita; and the Bianca of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Guests can also design their own pies with toppings like bacon, mushrooms, and olives.
Globally inspired cocktails by Meir Mualem and head bartender Adrian Grossman, deliver fresh fruit-forward flavors ideal for spring and summer on the outdoor terrace, including a fig caipirinha of Leblon cachaça, lime juice, fig, and ginger ale; rosewater martini comprising vodka, rose water, and lemon juice; and southern love with rye, mint, seasonal fruit, and fresh lemon juice. The beer list focuses on bottles from American craft breweries such as Left Hand and Long Island’s Blue Point, as well as international ones like the Belgium’s Rochefort brewed by monks and Germany’s Krombacher. Two draft beers and four wines on tap are available two-for-one during “Tappy Hour” 3 – 5 p.m. daily. Sparkling wine and cider will be available as well.
Social Drink & Food hosts outdoor events including movies screened by the Rooftop Cinema Club, which was founded in London and debuted programming in NYC last year. The Summer 2016 series runs every Sunday through Wednesday through the end of September with an eclectic variety of movie genres from thrillers to comedy to feel-good guilty pleasures, with each guest receiving their own pair of high-quality wireless headphones to adjust to their preferred volume. Tickets are $30 and include admission to the film and a Social Drink & Food beverage and food component: a pairing of drink and snack that will change monthly. Visit their website for more information.