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Manhattan’s Highest Rooftop Lounge Opens February 14 at Hyatt Times Square

February 14, 2014 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

Hyatt Times Square is about to take New York to new heights on Valentine’s Day, February 14, as it debuts New York City’s highest rooftop lounge, Bar 54. 

Located on the 54th floor of the newly built Hyatt Times Square, Bar 54 is a 122-seat indoor/outdoor lounge serving specialty cocktails, fine wines and a selection of small plates.  Guests and cocktail-goers will enjoy remarkable river-to-river Manhattan views, spanning from the Chrysler Building to One World Trade Center and beyond.  unnamed (2)

Hyatt Times Square also announces that renowned mixologist Julie Reiner has been signed on to design the Bar 54 spirits list and cocktail menu, as well as the cocktail menu for the hotel’s recently opened restaurant, T-45 Diner.  Julie Reiner is the owner of groundbreaking bars such as Clover Club and Flatiron Lounge. She also heads Mixtress Consulting, creating top-notch beverage programs and cocktails for restaurants, resorts, spirits companies and bars like the recently revamped Monkey Bar.

“Hyatt Times Square has truly embraced what’s happening in cocktail culture in a way that is unusual for hotels, and is committed to investing in creating fresh house-made ingredients like syrups and putting systems in place to have an ongoing quality craft cocktail program,” said Julie Reiner, Bar 54 and T-45 Mixologist. “I’m proud to be part of the Hyatt Times Square team and can’t wait to see the bar and diner in action.”

“We saw an opportunity to create a truly cutting-edge cocktail experience that no other bar or restaurant in the area delivers,” said Richard Morgan, Hyatt Times Square General Manager. “We are thrilled that Julie and her team have signed on to create our drink menus as her talents are sure to deliver the experience we wish to provide at our two drinking and dining venues.”

Bar 54 Cocktails

Quality, handcrafted cocktails are hard to find in the Times Square area. Cocktail aficionados will recognize some of the lesser known spirits the Mixtress team has chosen for Bar 54 including the Brooklyn-made Dorothy Parker American Gin from the New York Distilling Company and products from The 86 Co. that are designed for and by bartenders.

Known for her insistence on pure ingredients, Reiner’s Bar 54 cocktail menus will change to take advantage of seasonal produce. All cocktails will be made with fresh, locally sourced products and will use house-made syrups ranging from lavender, demerara and grenadine to raspberry and ginger.

“Tom Macy, Clover Club’s head bartender and I have created a well-rounded cocktail list complete with savory drinks, tropicals, classics, low proof cocktails and of course punches for the table,” said Reiner. “Some of the standouts include Santana’s Sour which features cilantro, jalapeno and tequila; and the Miracle on 54th St., a Champagne cocktail incorporating pisco, grapefruit and our house-made lavender syrup.”

T-45 Diner Cocktails 

Since its January 2014 opening, the eclectic George Wong-designed T-45 Diner has already created a buzz with its theatrical light wall and eat-in/take-out app concept. Reiner is designing a more limited, but equally high-quality, memorable cocktail menu for the T-45 Diner. This will include six classic cocktails and six originals including The Slope, Gin Blossom, and special Martini and Manhattan variations.

Bar 54 Design

As the highest rooftop lounge in New York, perched atop and in the middle of Times Square, Bar 54 is a destination in its own right. Designed by SPAN Architecture, the lounge takes advantage of the breathtakingly views which span from the East River to the Hudson River. Outside, the expansive views are counterbalanced by cozy outdoor fireplaces and at night, the twinkle and glow from Times Square below creates an intimate ambiance. Inside Bar 54, a variegated wood ‘trunk’ encompasses the lounge core. Laser cut ceiling panels, with a foliated pattern, create a reflective metal canopy of leaves. The mirror-polished ceiling panels draw natural light into the space, and at night, reflect the twinkling visage.

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