Need a bar that lets you actually enjoy the city?
When people tell you about a great new bar that really helps you to “experience” NYC, what they usually mean is "Experience the back of someone’s head as you wait for twenty minutes to get your vodka soda.” Bars in NYC can be a calamity, and even rooftop bars, which are meant to display the beauty of the city skyline, are rarely high up enough to show you anything other than the beauty of the adjacent building’s 13th floor fire escape. It’s enough to make you wish for another Prohibition era.
Enter Bar 54, named because it’s fifty-four stories up, meaning that you’ll basically be drinking from atop Olympus. Bar 54 serves amazing cocktails that, while not cheap, are perfect for treating yourself after a long day being metaphorically ground into the dirt (or literally, if your job is subway rat wrestler). It’s a great place to reflect on the city, whether you’re reflecting in the metaphorical sense (“The city is a living, breathing animal,” he thought...) or the literal sense (“C’mon, L Train. Get it together, bro.”)