Located on the 10th floor of the Thompson hotel, Catbird charms patrons with its stylish interior and airy terrace that’s flush with hanging green plants and prime downtown views. You’ll find a mix of hotel guests and locals mingling over cocktails, wine, and oysters, and between the two spaces there’s always a cozy nook or scenic lookout where you can start up a conversation.
The Thompson hotel graced downtown with multiple concepts when it opened last year, including the extra-fancy Italian spot Monarch and sushi and cocktail lounge Kessaku. But don’t sidestep Catbird, the 10th floor restaurant armed with a terrace overlooking the city. The airy space is adorned with patterned tile floors, low-slung furniture, and hanging green plants, and gives off the general vibe of your cool friend’s patio. The menu merges shareable plates (Smoked Bone Marrow, Crab Rangoon Dip) with handhelds (Chicken Katsu Sandwiches, Grilled Octopus Tacos), while the drinks portion highlights classics like Negronis and French 75s that can be made traditionally or with a creative Catbird riff.