While the fall chill in the air forces most of us back into rathskellar cocoons for libations and appetizers, one lounge in midtown is heating up their spacious outdoor patio with a structure that still lets you party outside for sunsets and moon drenched nights as well as spectacular city views. This Saturday, October 24th, Monarch Rooftop Lounge is hosting a pumpkin carving contest (no fee to enter) from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. The winner of the contest will win tickets to watch The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from Monarch’s attractive perch above midtown, Macy’s and the parade route.
The lounge is decked out in celebration of everything autumnal and employees will be serving–up their signature cocktail — Hot Caramel Cider. Proceeds from all cocktails sold during the contest will be donated to The National Breast Cancer Association.
Monarch’s New Fall Menus
With a fashionable crowd, a rockin’ DJ and a selection of specialty cocktails inspired by their mixologists: Genese DeBeaux and Roxy Calabrese, take the elevator up to Monarch Rooftop Lounge near Herald Square. The interior sets the vibe with a comfortable lounge area, handsome banquettes and a long wood bar accented with starburst light fixtures. Thru the wall of sliding glass doors, the exterior shows off the best of the cityscape with The Empire State Building majestically towering like a beacon next door. As the night draws near the DJ gets the place jumping as the cocktails flow faster than the throngs of shoppers entering and exiting Macy’s.
This season, Monarch is introducing a new list of signature cocktails and appetizers. The Matador is made with Avion Silver Tequila, Port Charlotte Scottish barley rinse, agave, egg white, Star Anise and a hint of cucumber and fresh lime. It lives up to its title. This Spanish inspired drink kicks a punch with a finish of citrus. For those who like a spicy cocktail we recommend the Tomato-Basil Martini made with vodka, Thai basil and a dash of Tabasco and salty rim. We also suggest the Winter Cocoa made with vanilla vodka, hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream & sprinkled with cinnamon. This drink will warm you up from fur hat to Stuart Weitzman boots.
Executive Chef Daniel Billheimer’s Charcuterie is a tasty dish for sharing with your group. It’s served with a sampling of various cured meats including: soppresata, Genoa salami, prosciutto and artisanal cheese as well as olives and gerkins. You will need to order several platters depending on the size of your party — our group devoured the entire lot pretty quickly.
The Violets Turning Violet cocktail (above) is made with Bombay Sapphire gin, Crème de Violette, grapefruit, fresh lime, blackberries, grapefruit bitters and topped with prosecco. This fruity flower drink is not to my liking but I heard other guests enjoy the scent, bubbles and flavors. My suggestion is the Sibling Rivalry made with Domaine de Canton, Amaro di Angostura, Carpano Antica, Elderflower Rinse, sage and garnished with a lemon peel. This beverage is aromatic, full-flavored and a perfect, simple blend.
The Wild Mushroom & Ricotta Flatbread comes with Shitaki & Crimini Mushrooms, honeyed ricotta, fresh mozzarella and drizzled with truffle oil. For those who are in dire need of a cheesy, sweet, truffle touched carb fix, this is your flatbread.
Monarch’s proprietor, Ric Addison, has a background that spans 15 years of Manhattan nightlife with recognizable and memorable venues such as Ava Rooftop Lounge at Dream Hotel, Inc Lounge at Time Hotel, and The Bar at Dream Hotel.
Mark your calendar for this Saturday’s Pumpkin Carving Contest and make a reservation for any upcoming seasonal parties.
See you on the rooftop.
Monarch Rooftop Lounge
71 West 35th Street
New York, NY