Mon-Tue, 5pm-1am; Wed-Thu, 5pm-2am, Fri-Sat, 5pm-3am; Sun, 5pm-midnight
C, E at 50th St.
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Press, an outdoor space on the sixteenth floor of Ink48 in Hell’s Kitchen, offers a stunning aerie. To the east, you get pure midtown cityscape with Times Square as strobe light; to the west, there’s the unobscured Hudson River. The bigger-than-average deck has seating for 172 on stools, couches, and podlike armchairs, all encircling a twenty-foot-long reflecting pool. Get there after it opens at 5:00 p.m., order an Excelsior (tequila, lime, sugar, and oranges spiced with chili) and a small plate of salumi, olives, and grilled bread, and stick around for the sunset.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.