The Lower East Side has no shortage of bars - day-drinking spots, speakeasies, places to dance, and almost every other type of bar you can think of. What it doesn’t have a lot of, though, is outdoor drinking options. So the next time someone recommends Hotel Chantelle, you should remember Make Believe - a tropical-themed cocktail bar on the roof of the Sixty Hotel in LES with two outdoor terraces. It tends to reach capacity pretty early on weekends, so we recommend making a reservation when you want to drink a matcha or sake cocktail in a pink booth.
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In a pinch in the Lower East Side, Souvlaki GR supplied The Infatuation with some great Greek street food. Yes, it’s random. And yes, it’s delicious.
Contra is a Lower East Side tasting menu restaurant with adventurous food that actually tastes good.
A cocktail bar that specializes in oysters, and has a very solid burger. Sel Rrose isn't our favorite oyster hangout, but it's definitely one you should know about.
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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.
Castell Rooftop Lounge
Castell Rooftop Lounge is the upscale bar on top of the AC Hotel in the Garment District. Drinks are pricey here, but there’s a nice outdoor patio.
If you’re wandering around 37th Street and you suddenly feel the urge to be in an authentic German beer garden, go to Reichenbach Hall.
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