When the mercury shoots up, New Yorkers head outside for a drink. And in the concrete jungle, some of the best (and swankiest) al fresco watering holes are perched high above street level. Although the brand-new Above Allen, on the seventh floor of the Thompson LES Hotel, is members-only, visitors can cozy up to a guest to get in. Enjoy panoramic views of New Jersey at Hudson Terrace, which offers live music or DJs depending on the night, plus a brunch party on Sundays. Finally, get comfortable in the hot tub during the weekend parties on the rooftop of the hipper-than-hip Hotel on Rivington.
Details: Above Allen is open daily 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Hudson Terrace is open Tuesday through Friday 5 p.m.-4 a.m.; Saturday from 9 p.m.-4 a.m.; and Sunday from 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Hotel on Rivington’s rooftop is open Thursday through Saturday 10 p.m.-4 a.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m.-12 a.m.
304 E. Sixth St.
Philip Ward’s Mayahuel in the East Village is a notable newcomer to the Manhattan cocktail scene. Forget gin, rye or rum: The veteran bartender, who has developed a cult following at such hot spots as Flatiron Lounge, Pegu Club and, most recently, Death & Co., spotlights tequila and mezcal cocktails at this cozily upscale Mexican-themed bar. “Most people haven’t even really tasted good tequila,” Ward said, adding that mezcal is “just about the most delicious drinking substance in the world that nobody knows about.” Try early customer favorites such as Watermelon Sugar (fresh watermelon with tequila, mezcal, sugar cane and citrus, $13) or La Vida en Rosada (strawberry-infused tequila, rose wine and elderflower, $13), or be adventurous with one of Ward’s spicy/savory concoctions. “One of the real beauties of this job is opening people’s eyes and teaching them how to drink better,” he said. A food menu of Mexican small bites is also offered.
Details: Mayahuel is open daily 6 p.m.-
2 a.m. and does not take reservations. Parties larger than eight can’t be
PER SE SALON
10 Columbus Circle
Foodies have been aflutter since chef extraordinaire Thomas Keller announced he would offer an à la carte menu in the front salon of his temple of fine dining, Per Se. In a nod to the economy, those unable to shell out for Per Se’s regular $275 tasting menu (or spend four hours dining) can now savor a rotating selection of eight of Keller’s exquisite dishes at a price point of $12 to $46 each. A selection of amuse-bouche, breads and mignardises is served with every meal, depending on what is ordered. “The Salon offers flexibility with the same precision of the kitchen and service team,” said GM Anthony Rudolf.
Details: The Salon menu is offered for dinner every night, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m., and for lunch, Friday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Reservations are not being taken.
CAUDALIE VINOTHÉRAPIE SPA AT THE PLAZA
One West 58th St.
For a day of sumptuous pampering, head to The Plaza — the only U.S. outpost of the decadent, wine-themed Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa. (Celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have already been to sister locations in France and Spain.) “The Caudalie Vinothérapie philosophy is unique because it is more than just an experience; it’s a lifestyle,” said company CEO Martha Brady, who explained that the antioxidants found in grape seeds have powerful anti-aging and restorative properties. Throughout the sprawling 8,000-sq.-ft. facility, a vineyard-inspired décor sets the scene for signature treatments, such as the barrel bath with red-vine or crushed-grape extracts ($75), the crushed cabernet scrub ($145) and fresh grape massage ($185). Best of all is a post-treatment visit to the in-house sommelier in the wine lounge.
Details: Spa hours are Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m-8 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Bookings should generally be made one week in advance.