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Wayne Newton

SPECS  rooftop cocktail lounge – spectacular sweeping views of Manhattan and the Hudson – spacious outdoor deck with illuminated wading pool and lounge chairs – glass enclosed indoor area with bar and tables
GOOD FOR  dates – cocktails – small groups – chill scene – post work scene
DANCING OR CONVERSATION  conversation – relaxed atmosphere – background music
CROWD  classy/trendy crowd – av age 28-42
ENTRY not an issue – no reservations
MENU DRINK small cocktail selection – wine/champagne by the glass – beer – MENU
MENU FOOD salumi and cheese plate – olives – nuts (served till 10pm)
HOURS/LOCATION  Wed-Sat 5pm-2am, Sun-Tues 5pm -1am – 653 11th Ave between 47th St and 48th St MAP – entrance inside the Ink 48 Hotel

Lets face it… 230 fifth has been out for quite some time now, and even though you had a love affair with the giant stuffed leopard in the stripper room, its time to move on. Say hello to Press Lounge. This rooftop bar has a view so beautiful its worth breaking your “never go out in midtown” rule. Press Lounge sits atop the trendy Ink 48 Hotel all the way over on 11th Avenue and 47th… but once you take your first step out of elevator you will realize

it was worth the trek. It boasts phenomenal sweeping views of NYC. It is undoubtedly one of the best views of New York from a bar. The inside bar room is enclosed with floor to ceiling glass walls that reveal the view from inside. Outside is a deck that wraps fully around the bar room. The decks focal point is a long illuminated wading pool changing colors throughout the night. Unique oval chairs and tables are scattered throughout but most are standing or sitting on the edge of the pool.

Press has an upscale classy ambiance but is not the least bit pretentious. The feel is relaxed and low key. For a rooftop bar, it’s a large space which fills up but never gets over crowded. The crowd tends to fall on the older side but is usually a decent mix. The menu features a few house cocktails which are good not great. Stick with wine, beer or mixed drink.

Press is not your late night fist pumping drink till 4AM type venue. Press is your classy cocktails with a few friends or after dinner drinks to impress your date venue… and you need one of those in your arsenal. So make the trek to Midtown Way West and enjoy the view.

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