Rooftop Views and Tasty Cocktails at The Press Lounge

Rooftop Views and Tasty Cocktails at The Press Lounge

Housed in a former printing house and perched high above Manhattan’s west side, The Press Lounge is worth the trek out to 11th Avenue for its breathtaking views, delicious drinks and relaxing atmosphere. Unlike many rooftop bars, the lounge doesn’t have a guest list, bottle service or a bass-thumping DJ. Instead, it offers an elegant spot to watch the sun set with a cocktail and plenty of comfortable seating.

Last week, I visited the rooftop space and briefly met Adam Block, the owner and operator of both the Press Lounge and sister restaurant Print. It was obvious how much Block loves his work. When I entered The Sun Room, he immediately jumped up to point out all its features: the retractable glass wall that opens in warmer weather, the portable fire place that can be moved outside to accommodate larger private events and a wall that can be removed for easier access to the main room’s bar.

After meeting Block, I sat down for a drink in The Greenhouse, just off the main room. I tried one of the bar’s newest options, La Opinion, made with vodka, Combier, passion puree and lemon juice. The frothy orange drink was juicy and sweet like a smoothie, albeit slightly lighter than a blended beverage. The lounge’s most popular cocktail is La Republica: a mixed drink that includes grapefruit-infused gin, lime juice and ginger ale. As someone with a soft spot for newspapers, I loved that many of the menu items’ names—like The Daily Record and Surfside News—gave a nod to print media.

Since 2010, both Print. and the Press Lounge have served a unique menu featuring seasonal and local ingredients. The two spots employ a full-time forager and source many of their vegetables from their rooftop garden that can also be rented for private events.

The Press Lounge opens at 5p.m. daily and starts to fill up soon after. Thursdays are their busiest night. Looking to dine before having drinks? When you eat dinner at Print., you can skip the line for the lounge after your meal.

Both The Press Lounge and Print. are located inside boutique hotel Ink 48, A Kimpton® Hotel. If you’re visiting the city and looking for a unique hotel experience, Ink 48 is a great option. With the literary feel of a former printing house combined with an upscale hotel, it’s definitely one of a kind. Plus, you have a top-notch restaurant and bar right in the building as well as more entertainment and dining within blocks.

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