Located on the ninth floor of The Sanctuary Hotel in New York City, Haven Rooftop offers out-of-town sightseers and New Yorkers alike an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. As this rooftop French-American restaurant is ideally set within minutes of such landmark destinations as Times Square, Broadway, Rockefeller Center, and Grand Central, it is a perfect spot to kick back and enjoy a cocktail and dinner at their rooftop bar. During the summer months, it is an ideal escape to enjoy happy hour drinks al fresco. Year round, you can witness some of the best skyscraper views from the center of it all.
As we arrived in the lobby, we were instantly greeted by the doorman, who promptly took our coats and led us to an elevator that took as up to the rooftop. Upon arrival at 4pm on a Sunday evening, there was already some activity at the bar adjacent to our table and guests gathered around the bar room just opposite from the elevators. In the upstairs dining room, the tables are well spaced apart and the scene allows for a cozy and leisurely experience.
For drinks, my husband had a glass of their house Merlot, which paired very well with his entree. I had their Shooting Star Sangria: Red Wine, Peach Schnapps, Torres brandy and fruits ($14) which was so refreshing after a long day of exploring the city. To start, we split the Tower of Tuna Tartare: yellowfin tuna, wontons, sesame dressing ($21). We liked the layers of crispy wontons over and under the fresh, diced yellowfin tuna. It was plated beautifully and was an ideal portion for splitting between two people.
My husband ordered the Steak Au Poivre: peppercorn sauce, mesclun salad, fries ($32), and I had the Tilapia Sautéed: brussel sprout petals, diced squash ($24). I originally ordered the Filet Mignon ($36) but because there was an event held there last night they had run out of that dish. My husband loved his steak, served with lightly salted shoe string French fries. I am very glad I had the Tilapia as it was satisfying and light enough in case you may wish to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree at night, which we did after our meal. We were able to snap some beautiful photos in front and take a video of the Saks 5th Avenue light show just opposite the tree. I digress, the sweet potatoes were a smart pairing with the flaky Tilapia.
Service all around was prompt and welcoming. The manager, Elda, gave us a tour of the VIP room just ups flight of stairs from the dining room. The VIP room can be rented for private parties by contacting the restaurant directly.
A Prix Fixe three-course ($45) Theater Menu is also available here. Celebrate the New Year at Haven Rooftop! General Admission includes passed hor d’oeuvres and top shelf open bar. A table with bottle service is also available.
Haven Rooftop is open Sunday-Wednesday from 4pm to 1am, and Thursday-Saturday from 4pm to 2am.
The hotel’s downstairs restaurant, Tender, is a sushi and steakhouse serving specialty sushi rolls, sashimi, special cold dishes such as Seared Toro Carpaccio and and Kumamoto Oysters. The menu also boasts a varied selection of fish, pasta, and steaks. There is a Porter House (for two), Branzino, Truffle Tagliatelle, and Lobster Fra Diavolo. Hot dishes to note are their Baked Crab Hand Rolls, Avocado Fries, and Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice. There are side dishes available to share. Tender is closed on Sundays and open during the week for lunch, and on Saturdays for dinner.
http://www.havenrooftop.com // 212-466-9000