The Top of the Standard, with its sweeping and scenic views of the New York City skyline, is the perfect spot to slowly sip an evening cocktail. The restaurant is open throughout the day, but the atmosphere is different after dark – just this side of rowdy. And the atmosphere is not the only attraction. Small plates, live jazz music, and creative signature cocktails make the space the ultimate date night destination. 

Gates Otsuji, who crafts the bar's cocktails, recommends the "Solstice," which he says is perfect for the dreary end of winter – largely because it has the warmth and accessibility of a fall drink. "I tell people it's a deconstructed apple martini," says Otsuji. "Greenhook Gin's warmer, spicier notes are paired with a house-made cardamom apple shrub, Amaro Nonino, and falernum bitters, then enhanced with clarified lemon juice and Pellegrino, and garnished with juniper berries." It's as powerful as it is complex.

Customers have taken a shine to the newfangled drink. "It seems that the colder it gets outside, the faster it moves, and we'll be keeping it on for the remainder of the season," says Otsuji.

Solstice

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Greenhook American Dry Gin
  • 3 dashes falernum bitters
  • 0.25 oz. Amaro Nonino
  • 0.25 oz. clarified lemon juice
  • 0.75 oz. housemade cardamom apple shrub
  • 2 oz. Pellegrino

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with juniper berries