Take a Sneak Peek at Upstairs!

Elizabeth Thompson

Though most rooftop bars in New York close up shop during the winter months, Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel has gone the route of retractable glass ceilings and walls to keep the space open year-round. The 3,000-square-foot space, with a 360-degree view of Midtown, was designed by firm De-Spec and uses heated ipê wood floors to keep patrons toasty in winter months. Creative director Marko Kalfa said Victorian-inspired charred wood furniture by Moooi was chosen to create a darker, "neo-gothic" feel reflective of the looming sky scrapers surrounding the space, including a front and center view of the Chrysler building. Lighting designer Brian Orter has strung large white light bulbs across the ceiling and shone leaf-patterned lights onto the floor around the Belgian marble-topped bar, creating a space that's somewhere between a luxe midtown cocktail bar and your backyard. Executive chef Gwenaël Le Pape, who has worked with Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Anthony Bourdain, and who is formerly of Maison D'Azur in Miami, has created a small plates menu that includes savory and sweet offerings including Yellowfin "Kosher-style sushi," curry-coconut chicken pot pie, and caramelized pineapple flambé. A drinks menu created by Le Pape and Kalfa include the Pomme D 'Or, an apple-cider based variation on the Sidecar, and a Veuve Clicquot/bitters/Benedictine combo called The Chrysler. Kalfa says Upstairs has been open for private events, and once they complete installing the glass-walled wine rooms flanking the space's private lounge and media room (complete with a projector) they'll likely open in March.

Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel
145 E. 50th St.
(212) 702-1600

Photos by Frank Oudman

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