- La Piscine/Conôsur
Hotel Americano, 518 W. 27th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-525-0000
When it comes to rooftop hotel bars, Yogi Berra said it best: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” Hotel Americano’s tenth-floor bar hovers in that just-under-the-radar sweet spot, where it’s neither uncomfortably empty nor prohibitively packed. Known as La Piscine in the summer, it sees a well-heeled crowd lounging in butterfly chairs around a skinny swimming pool (roughly the length of two station wagons), sipping hibiscus margaritas and nibbling Medi-inspired tapas. In winter, the chairs are covered in sheepskin, the pool becomes a hot tub, and the space transforms into Conôsur, an après-ski-themed boîte with fondue and hot mezcal punch.
Best Hotel Scene
From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).