Rooftop Cocktails: Cantina Rooftop in Midtown

Continuing with our coverage on rooftop lounges, here is the latest location in Manhattan. Tucked away, off the beaten path and over near Hudson Yard is a cantina on a rooftop that serves up tacos and la comida from our neighboring country south of the boarder. While the cerveza and margaritas flow, the vista of midtown is on full display with their retractable ceiling. It’s time to have a fiesta up on the roof with nightlife industry veteran, Pedro Zamora, skyline views, good food and drink, an attentive staff and a new and modern Mexican dining experience in the sky — Cantina Rooftop.

Begin your party with one of their specialty cocktails. I recommend the Pachanga made with vodka, rosemary infused cranberry juice, Aperol, citrus and topped off with club soda. They also offer a selection of margaritas from smoky to spicy to traditional and more flavors than a colorful pancho.

If Mezcal is your preference, try their Toporocho: Mezcal, pineapple, citrus and spicy agave. Don’t mind the misspellings on the menu or plastic cups. By your second drink, you won’t even care. After a few sips, I thought the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared at our table but it turned out to be our waitress. She was awesome!

La comida! Start your dinner, lunch or brunch off with a fabulous appetizer. If tacos are your go-to food, I suggest their options of Tacos Chilangos made with grilled adobe chicken and tomatillo avocado sauce. You might also indulge with an order of Tacos Nortenos with carne asada, pico de gallo and ranchera sauce. The menu also dishes up salads and ceviches. You are in the capable hands of Executive Chef Gonzalo Colin.

Entrees gallop the gamut from Enchelladas Poblenas – braised pulled chicken, mole, lettuce, red onion, red radish and crema/queso fresco to Malcajete, grilled sirloin, adobe chicken, chorizo, queso fresco, grilled cactus, charred jalapeno and tortillas. There is something for every taste and hunger pang. You should also be aware that a young, hip and festive crowd imbibe and dine under the stars on a nightly basis. The stars are actually string lights that decorate the rooftop.

Note: Cantina Rooftop is on an industrial and dimly lit side street. They also are popular for weekend brunch and Happy Hour — reservations are recommended.

Cantina Rooftop
604 West 48th Street
New York, NY
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