Magic Hour calls itself an “urban amusement park”, and if you have no idea what that means, neither did we. But once you get to the roof of the Moxy Hotel Times Square where there's a spinning carousel in the middle of the dance floor and the servers carrying bottles with one hand and sparklers in the other, it all starts to make sense. You can play mini golf, but instead of obstacles like windmills and clown faces, you putt the ball around big, pink, animals doing things we're not going to talk about here. The tables are reserved for bottle service, but you can hang out at either of the two covered bars, or in front of the DJ on the dancefloor. They serve bar snacks like pork belly bao and Korean chicken wings, but you don’t come here to eat. You come here to entertain clients or rich cousins in Midtown with cocktails served in glittering disco balls.
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Tsushima is a perfectly fine sushi spot in Midtown. It won’t blow your mind, but it might come in handy if you need something last-minute.
It seems like lately, all of the Korean food we’ve been eating has been of the “trendy re-interpretation” variety. While we’re fine with that, occasionally we get a craving for a more traditional meal, and for that, we head to Madangsui.
The National is a seasonal restaurant and brasserie in Midtown with solid eats for all meals at prices that aren’t cheap but aren’t abusive.
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The Jeffrey is an Upper East Side East beer garden and espresso bar, with great bar snacks and excellent cocktails. Be happy you’ve heard of it.
RH Rooftop Restaurant
RH is an American restaurant on the roof of Restoration Hardware in the Meatpacking District.
Good Story Rooftop Lounge
Good Story is the rooftop bar at the Arlo Soho hotel, and, as far as rooftop bars go, it’s a pretty pleasant place to hang with a group downtown.
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