Monarch Rooftop Bar and Lounge

J enna Gladfelter

   I don't know about you, but I can't help but imagine myself in a movie when I'm at a rooftop bar. You know what I'm talking about – there's always that scene in your favorite rom-com where the group of friends meet after work to catch up and blow off some steam. Well, at the risk of sounding completely corny, I definitely felt rom-com worthy when visiting Monarch Rooftop Bar .

Monarch is located at 71 West 35th street in Herald Square. Between the delicious small platters, the tasty cocktails, and a breathtaking view of the Empire State Building, it's the perfect after-work hangout. Monarch has both a chic indoor lounge and a trendy outdoor space; but be warned: it’s a hopping place! Reservations are encouraged.  

Their summer menu includes bite-sized avocado toast ( I'm a millennial, can you tell? ), margherita flatbread, and roasted red pepper hummus- perfect apps to share with friends. But as delicious as the food was, I'm not ashamed to admit it was all about the drinks for me. 

My favorite drinks: 
#1: The Australian Sunrise - This baby is made with Tequila, kiwi, hibiscus and lime. For tough days at work when I need to myself, this drink is perfect. 
#2: Captain Coconut - It's basically the Piña Colada song with a toasted coconut rim. 
#3: Watermelon Cooler - This one is so refreshing it makes you feel like a goddess lounging in the midst of summer.
 
So, if you want to feel like a movie star this summer, or you just want to throw a few drinks back with friends, I recommend giving Monarch a try. You deserve an evening out with a spectacular view of the greatest city in the world. 

Jenna was born and raised in farm-country Pennsylvania. After attending college in Virginia and grad school in Maryland, she worked her way back up the East Coast to New York City. Her first job out of school was working with adults with developmental disabilities which she found to be incredibly rewarding.. Now she finds herself advocating for the rights of senior citizens in NYC.

Inspired by books penned by strong, comedic women such as Tina Fey, Carrie Fisher, and Jenny Lawson, she hopes to one day write a book herself. Among her family and friends, she's known for her Julie Andrews obsession, leaving umbrellas everywhere, and knowing useless pieces of trivia. In her spare time, she loves to try new restaurants, binge-watch Netflix, wander through botanical gardens, and eat insane amounts of popcorn.