Towering 54 stories above the ‘Crossroads of the World,’ Bar 54 opens this week atop the brand-new Hyatt Times Square just in time for Valentine’s Day. The swanky new cocktail bar and lounge is now the tallest rooftop bar in Manhattan.
The darkened lounge has an intimate feel with couches and chaises in various nooks and crannies of the 122-seat indoor space. And if you can brave the elements right now, the outdoor seating areas have sweeping views of the skyline, specifically the Chrysler Building and One World Trade. Bar 54 is likely to attract a tourist crowd of a certain caliber, familiar with the bar and club scene in Times Square.
“We saw an opportunity to create a truly cutting-edge cocktail experience that no other bar or restaurant in the area delivers,” said Richard Morgan, Hyatt Times Square General Manager.
The cocktail menu, created by mixologist Julie Reiner — of Flatiron Lounge and Pegu Club — has several drinks worth splurging on and sipping, like the fruity “Port Wine Cobbler,” a darker rendition of sangria made with Remy Martin, Ruby Port, and orange and lemon. Another more biting cocktail is the “Green Submarine,” a strongly-ginger-based drink made with Pimm’s and Tanqueray Gin. There are also small plate offerings by Executive Chef Nicholas Pelliccione.