Rooftop bars are probably the hottest commodity in the city during the summer. I for one always google "rooftop bars in nyc" in order to find the next great spot. It didn't take a search engine to find the roof club at the Gramercy Park Hotel as all I had to do was take the elevator upstairs after work. Once off the elevator, guests are greeted by a spunky hostess that will probably tell you that the club is closed for a private event or that there's standing room only. Either way, the rooftop getaway is a pretty cool spot. If you are lucky enough to get a table, a waitress will offer you cocktails and a small food menu. If not you could you head to the walk-up bar and pick the brains of the bartenders. One bartender made me a swizzle--perfect for the hot summer night while the other bartender innovative cocktail was the old fashioned (great cocktail but not inventive at all). On another visit to the roof, the floor manager (co-worker at Maialino) suggested a Brooklyn cocktail, which was something I never had before (and it was delicious!)
The roof club is covered in ivy, which gives it a secret garden kind of vibe. The beautiful artwork of the Gramercy Park Hotel continues throughout the roof allowing for a more sophisticated crowd including socialites and celebrities. Its a bit pricey, but definitely worth checking out for a laid-back vibe. Dinner at Maialino with drinks on the roof sounds like the perfect date to me. CHECK IT OUTTTT.