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5 Rooftop Pop-ups To Keep The Cold Weather Out

Katherine Stater | December 20, 2019 | Food & Drink

The Westside Crusta cocktail by Amir Babayoff at Ophelia’s Snow Globe in the Sky

Ophelia Lounge
With twinkling snowflakes falling from the 17-foot-high ceiling, white sheepskin throws, golden candelabras and holiday garlands, Ophelia’s pop-up winter lounge will evoke the feeling of standing inside a human-size snow globe until Feb. 28. The menu covers classic bar food with a few curveballs such as the hamachi tacos or the decadent churros served with chocolate sauce and dulce de leche. 3 Mitchell Place, Floor 26, opheliany.com

Serra Alpina at Eataly
Inspired by an Italian winter garden, Eataly transformed its seasonal eatery, Serra by Birreria, into a cold-weather oasis. A retractable greenhouse roof means the space is open no matter the weather outside. Local produce tops the Italian Alps-influenced foods, such as the sedano rapa (whole roasted celery root with freshly shaved burgundy truffles, celery leaves and topped with a creamy fonduta valdostana) or the braised osso buco with gremolata and risotto Milanese. The all-weather rooftop boasts a build-your-own cider menu, but the to-try drink is the Truffletini, which is made with a white truffle-infused vodka. 200 Fifth Ave., Floor 14, eataly.com

5_Credit_Maggie_Marguerite_Studio_2YH2K.jpgThe Swiss-inspired Mondrian Alpine Terrace

Mondrian Alpine Terrace by Club Med
If frosted windows, artificial snow and an antler chandelier aren’t enough to make you feel like you’re tucked away in the Alps, the Mondrian Alpine Terrace’s Swiss ski lodge-inspired menu is sure to do the trick. Club Med and Mondrian Terrace joined together to create a limited-time wintry bar (closing Feb. 1) designed by Amy Shey Jacobs of Chandelier Events. Executive chef Todd Matthews’ winter cocktails feature seasonally appropriate flavors and takes on some cold weather classics, such as the tequila-spiked frozen hot chocolate. Cuddle up on the ample lounge seating under the plush faux fur blankets while sharing a plate of s’mores for two. 444 S. Park Ave., morganshotelgroup.com

Winterland Rink
Returning for another season, the skating rink is larger than last year, allowing for more skaters and better views of the glittering city. A warm indoor seating area abuts the concession stand bar to warm back up after a chilly outdoor skating session. The bar also offers a section for indoor seating that overlooks the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River. 89 South St., pier17ny.com

The_Lodge-Exterior_snow_Mike_Rich.jpgThe Lodge’s wintery exterior at Gallow Green

The Lodge at Gallow Green
The hidden-mountain-lodge-themed bar for the holiday season (ending in March). Wood-fired pizzas, such as the tarte flambée with fromage blanc, sliced onion, nutmeg, bacon and parsley, and shareable winter dishes mark the specially created seasonal menu. The main dining room is covered in plush rugs over a dark stone flooring with warm browns and reds coloring the room. 542 W. 27th St., mckittrickhotel.com



Photography by: Ophelia Lounge photo courtesy of Ophelia Lounge NYC; Mondrian Alpine terrace photo by Maggie Marguerite; The Lodge at Gallow Green photo by Mike Rich for The McKittrick Hotel