Long Island City in Queens is home to the best views of Manhattan. Ravel Hotel takes advantage of the natural ambiance with its new alfresco rooftop addition. The Garden Bar offers up to 15 beers on tap, along with wine and cocktails to accompany a refreshing menu of grilled meats and seafoods, as well as crudo and a raw bar. It is perfect in summer and fall but should remain an inviting option for much of the year.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: Cocktails on tap make perfect sense in the summer. Consider Mexico’s other favorite cocktail, the Paloma (Blue Nectar silver tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice and agave nectar).
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Call ahead as it’s likely private party planners will discover this inviting vista.