Hotel Americano Transforms New York Rooftop Into Ski Chalet

One of New York's coolest winterized outdoor spaces in the whole of the city is found tucked on the West Side at Hotel Americano. The hotel converts its rooftop pool and bar each season to a food and drink winter wonderland. This year, the restaurant SNOB has been transformed into a French ski chalet, complete with a fondue menu, that delights all of the senses.

"This winter we wanted to offer more of a lounge experience with great drinks and casual food. Being on a rooftop (altitude) in the winter and with the hotel and the group close to the Latin and French culture, we took the inspiration from the French Alps and thought of creating a French Chalet experience," Marco Cilia, GM of Hotel Americano, told The Daily Meal. "We thought of great cheeses, fondues, and Boîte Chaude, along with other casual dishes like crêpes and salads. This inspiration is also visible in the décor, with thick fabric (wools) and wood deck and furniture."

The cocktail menu showcases a variety of spirits with a focus on warmer, heartier cocktails. One cocktail standout is the Thirty-Day Aged Rock and Rye made with Rittenhouse Rye, Luxardo Cherry, orange, cinnamon, and rock sugar. Le Cartel is another example of a nice smoky flavor paired with a bit of spice. It consists of El Buho mezcal, Benedictine, green chartreuse, celery, and jalapeño.

Many of the food items are a perfect pairing for the cocktail menu. Guests can have their dining experience consist of only small bites and sample plates like assiette de fromage or a mix of charcuterie. For those looking for the complete ski chalet picture, the Savoyard cheese fondue will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy all over as its made with Comté St. Antoine, Emmental, and just a touch of liquor. The brochettes are another highlight on the menu, particularly the swordfish served with a chimichurri accompaniment.

For a touch of something sweet, SNOB offers a chocolate mescal fondue served with seasonal fruits, bananas, and homemade brioche, a perfect French meal in the middle of New York City.

"We wanted to create a space which felt communal, casual and social," Cilia said.  

And that it does.