Bar SixtyFive

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85 Very Good

This elegant rooftop cocktail bar next to the Rainbow Room is elevated in more ways than one.

30 Rockefeller Plz., New York, NY, 10112


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The scenario: Your friends are in town and they want to go up high. You could shell out a couple Andrew Jacksons for a visit to the 70th-floor Top of the Rock, but you’d be doing it without booze in hand. Just five floors below at the same 30 Rock address is Bar SixtyFive, the comely drinkery just opposite the legendary Rainbow Room, where you’ll pay about half that for a bracing martini, which comes with a side of scenery south, west, and north so high up that you could squish the whole of Central Park between your fingers. You can also get food, like a hefty rib eye, or above-average apps like Kobe pigs in a blanket, lobster corn dogs, or vegan options like an eggplant-and-quinoa slider. Sit outdoors if the day is particularly lovely (a minimum is placed on outdoor-table reservations). Caution if you leave your drink unattended: It gets windy up there.

Vanita Salisbury

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