Can’t afford a summer home in Scandinavia? A new 5,000-square-foot rooftop bar in Midtown Manhattan has you covered — and with the bonus of stellar New York City views from its 18th floor perch. The Monarch Rooftop Lounge, opened yesterday, is the dream child of nightlife gurus Ric Addison and Stephen Daly, responsible for such swanky nightlife spots as Ava Rooftop Lounge at the Dream Hotel, Tonic Times Square and Inc Lounge at the Time Hotel.
The indoor-outdoor bar is equal parts Nordic- (hand-washed wood panels, Terrazzo tiles, raw iron columns) and Manhattan-chic (black Tom Dixon pendant lights, deep sofas, exposed brick) with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors separating the spaces.
The specially developed cocktails echo the sophisticated theme. The Monarch is a flowery concoction of rum and St. Germain, while the Butterfly Effect features jalapeno-spiced reposado tequila with a citrus tang, and the Indigo Dustywing Collins, named after another butterfly, is a mix of bourbon and blackberry liqueur and embellished with lemon juice and fresh blackberry and basil. Eats are on the lighter side with items like pesto chicken flatbread sharing the menu with hummus, assorted veggies and pita chips, while decadent chocolate desserts are handcrafted by Bindi, a Milan-originated pasticceria.
In the end, though, it all comes down to that coveted Midtown birds-eye view, the highlight of which is the iconic Empire State Building.
Monarch Rooftop Lounge
71 W. 35th St., Private elevator to the 18th floor