Mon-Thu, 5pm-10pm; Fri-Sun, 5pm-2am
F at Second Ave.
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The draw at Above Allen is, without a doubt, its location: The exclusive spot’s on the seventh floor of boutique hotel Thompson LES and boasts a panoramic view, thanks to an ample patio, glass walls, and a retractable roof. In the warmer months, when it’s a veritable rooftop oasis complete with a patio wading pool, the snug members-and-hotel-guests-only spot (with room for 130) is definitely worth the hassle—otherwise, it’s a toss-up. The narrow space can get overrun, with plenty of dudes in interesting hats and model girls bouncing on their heels to “Friday I’m in Love.” The obvious dance space is right in front of the glass-door entrance, which can be awkward when a new batch of partiers is observing while waiting to be carted in from the elevator banks. The rest of the space is mostly taken up by waitress-serviced banquettes and various flora.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.