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Best Hotel Scene

  • 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.

From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine