6 Best Rooftop Bar Happy Hours In NYC

The best rooftop happy hours in NYC serve up some cheap cocktails, plus stellar city views!

NYC Happy Hour

There’s so many things to love about summer in NYC (there’s no snow on the ground, for starters) but one of our all-time favorite warm weather activities is grabbing happy hour drinks at gorgeous rooftop retreats.

The very best rooftop bars offer not only sweeping views of the Big Apple, but also provide an escape from the bustling city streets. Coupled with discounted cocktails, we totally understand why rooftop happy hours are steadily frequented by locals and tourists alike. Nevertheless, there are a few elevated drink destinations that you don’t want to miss.

Check out our picks for the best rooftop bars in NYC, and stop by during happy hour for a good time that doesn’t cost a pretty penny:

Photo Credit: Instagram/Empire Hotel

Photo Credit: Instagram/Empire Hotel

Empire Hotel at 44 W 63rd St between Central Park West & Broadway

The Empire Hotel’s swanky rooftop bar is outfitted with perfectly coiffed greenery so lush that you almost forget you’re in the middle of NYC. The Upper West Side location promises sweeping sunset views, and during happy hour you can sip on world-class wine for just $6-$8 a glass.

Photo Credit: Twitter/Vu Bar NYC

Photo Credit: Twitter/Vu Bar NYC

Vu Rooftop Bar at La Quinta Manhattan at 17 W 32nd St between Broadway & 5th Ave

At some rooftop bars there’s a pretentious vibe, but not at Vu Rooftop Bar, outfitted with laid-back and colorfully painted patio furniture. There’s an incredible view of the Empire State Building, up close and personal, and happy hour deals to boot. From 5 to 7 p.m.  you can score $3 beers and $5 drinks, and on Sundays you can enjoy the same discounted drinks all day long!

Photo Credit: Instagram/Bar 13

Photo Credit: Instagram/Bar 13

Bar 13 at 35 E 13th St &University Pl

This happy hour scene is definitely catered to the younger set, situated near NYU. Don’t be fooled by the drab-ish appearance by day because when the neon light panels illuminate at night, you’ll feel like you’re in Miami Beach. Did we mention it’s 2-for-1 drinks from 5 to 8 p.m.?

Photo Credit: Instagram/Hotel Chantelle

Photo Credit: Instagram/Hotel Chantelle

Hotel Chantelle at 92 Ludlow St & Delancey St

Situated in the Lower East Side, Hotel Chantelle offers a taste of Parisian cafes right here in New York City. The tiled floors, ample greenery and vintage-y décor like old time lamp posts truly transports you to a relaxing place. If you’re interested in sipping some cocktails that also have some health benefits, stop by this chic locale from 5 to 8 p.m. and enjoy half priced cocktails made with summer staples like cucumbers and pineapple.

Photo Credit: Instagram/Wythe Hotel

Photo Credit: Instagram/Wythe Hotel

The Ides at the Wythe Hotel at 80 Wythe Ave between North 11th & 12th St

Just across the Williamsburg Bridge resides The Ides at the Wythe Hotel – a rooftop bar that offers unparalleled views of the NYC skyline. While this scenic Brooklyn bar doesn’t offer an actual happy hour, beers are always priced between $5-$8 each – and, let’s face it, that makes us pretty happy.

Photo Credit: Twitter/Tavern 29

Photo Credit: Twitter/Tavern 29

Tavern 29 at 47 E 29th St & Park Ave

If you’ve ever been to a beer garden, you know those huge German brews don’t come cheap, but Tavern 29’s rooftop happy hour promises a readily welcomed exception. Geared toward the early birds, the happy hour lasts from 12 to 5 p.m., when you can get draft beer, cocktails or wine for just $5!

If you’re in NYC, or just like to visit, tell us where your favorite rooftop happy bars are! Did our favorites make your list? Tell us in the comments below!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.

5 Best Juice Bars in NYC + Recipes

The best juice bars in NYC are serving up some creative concoctions with serious health benefits.

Juice Bars

New Yorkers may love their coffee, but lately green juice is competing as the most common cup that city slickers are carrying. Yet, with increasingly endless options to grab a glass on the go, it’s often difficult to discern which juice bars are worth checking out.

To solve this conundrum, we scoured the NYC streets in search of the very best places to score some liquid greens. We discovered a surprising variety of flavorful juices packing some serious health benefits, and chatted with the experts to get all the details.

If you’re not in New York City, you can still get a glass of the good stuff because we got all of the amazing (and easy!) recipes for you to make at home!

Juice Shop

The Juice Shop at 22nd st & 6th ave

If a truly extensive juice menu is what you seek, than head straight to The Juice Shop – and make it fast because this hip locale’s line is doubling by the day. Furnished in mostly recycled material, an endless variety of juices line the wall of this brand new bar that aims to be more laid-back than its trendy counterparts.

“Our goal was to create a healing menu of juices that also taste good,” says founder and CEO Brian Schoenberger. From chlorophyll water to blueberry flavored raw cashew milk, the options are endless, but the Dare Devil definitely has the makings to become a summer favorite. “We added cayenne to the watermelon juice to give it a kick, but also because it’s great for circulation,” Schoenberger explains. “Watermelon is a great hydrator and lemon is packed with Vitamin C. When you combine all three you have a refreshing juice that has some incredible health benefits.”

Beat the heat and stay refreshed by sipping on The Juice Shop’s Dare Devil juice recipe:

Ingredients

15 oz watermelon juice

1 oz lemon juice

1 pinch cayenne pepper

Directions

Juice all ingredients and combine.

D'Vida

D’Vida Health Bar at 357 W 49th street

Among the bustling scene of the World Wide Plaza lies a juice-lovers sanctuary called D’Vida Health Bar. Founder Mark Kozhin and Co-Owner & Nutrionist Milena Kozhin have created an impressive offering of juices and smoothies, and D’Vida uses both centrifugal and masticating juicers to make ready-made and bottled products.

If you’re looking to see some beauty benefits from indulging in these tasty juices, than try the D’Vida Glow – Clear and Radiant Skin and Hair. “The juice contains Vitamin C, D and keratin, which combined have incredible effects on skin and hair,” explains Kozhin.

Get salon results by sampling the D’Vida Glow – Clear and Radiant Skin and Hair juice recipe:

Ingredients

1 oz kale

1 oz spinach

6 oz orange

1 oz parsley

5 oz apple (green preferably)

1 oz lemon

Directions

Juice all ingredients together.

Westside Market

Westside Market at 2840 Broadway & 110th st

At Westside Market, the Fresh squeezed Kale & Orange Juice reigns supreme as customers’ go-to juice. According to COO, Ian Joskowitz, this juice is a favorite because the oranges offset the bitterness of the kale, creating a delicious sweetness.

“People prefer this juice as it’s quite nutritious and provides essential vitamins that keep you full until your next meal,” Joskowitz explains. Vitamin C in the orange juice is an immunity booster, while Kale provides calcium and antioxidants. “Kale also contains a source of fiber and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart disease,” Joskowitz adds.

Stay satisfied for hours by trying the Westside Market’s Kale & Orange juice recipe:

Ingredients:

6 Kale Leaves

3 Oranges

Directions:

1. Combine Kale and Oranges into a blender or juicer.

2. Blend until all items are liquefied.

3. Makes about 16 – 20 oz of juice.

Red Mango

Red Mango at 701 2nd ave & 38th st

According to Red Mango’s chief juice concoctor, Dan Kim, their Sweet Green Zing juice is flying off the shelves! The refreshing juice is made fresh to order at Red Mango before it’s bottled for your convenience. Kim explains that the reason this juice provides such amazing health benefits is because you get more of the good stuff.

“Juicing is an effective way to flood your body with super high levels of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients that you normally can’t consume directly eating whole pieces of produce,” Kim explains. “Why? Well, typically when we eat raw or cooked fruits and vegetables, we aren’t able to eat as much as we might want or need to because fiber easily makes us full.”

To get all the goodness from your greens try Red Mango’s Sweet Green Zing recipe:

Ingredients:

2 apples (green preferred because they have less sugar than red apples)

4 stalks of celery

1 cucumber

6 leaves of kale

1/2 lemon, peeled

1 inch piece of ginger

Directions:

1. Clean all produce with 1 part apple cider vinegar and 7 parts water

2. Put all ingredients through a juicer.

Photo Credit: Jaclyn Boschetti

Photo Credit: Jaclyn Boschetti

Grape & Vine at 52 W 13th st

If you reach for a cold glass of OJ first thing in the morning, than you’ll love Grape & Vine’s Orange Crush! The zesty blend of oranges, carrots and ginger is the perfect juice to kick-start your day, and the combination offers some awesome benefits.

“In addition to the benefits of Vitamin C traditionally found in orange juice, the ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body, while the carotenoids found in the carrots help prevent heart disease and stroke,” reveals Grape & Vine chef Kevin Heston.

Jump start your day with Grape & Vine’s Orange Crush recipe:

Ingredients:

5 large oranges

10 large carrots (approx. 3 lbs)

2 pieces of ginger (approx. 16 oz)

Directions

Juice all ingredients. Recipe yields about 32 ounces.

 

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.

 

 

Recipe of the Week: Happy Shake from Eat Raw Not Cooked

This week, we learned how to make Stacy Stowers’ famous Happy Shake – a salad disguised as delicious chocolate ice cream!

Photo Courtesy of Stacy Stowers

Imagine losing excess weight and feeling more healthy and energized by eating chocolate ice cream everyday. It may sound too good to be true, but it’s not – and we have the recipe to prove it!

Ok, it’s not actually chocolate ice cream but it looks, smells and tastes like it… and isn’t that what matters! Stacy Stowers’ goal in creating the Happy Shake was to make spinach (which is highly alkaline and therefore beneficial for the body) taste good enough to eat everyday. We must say, the results are impressive, and the health benefits are even more so.

In addition to spinach, which keeps you feeling full and delivers essential vitamins, the Happy Shake also contains dark berries like cherries and blueberries, which are rich in antioxidants and have beauty-boosting benefits. Raw cacao and maca powder are also powerful ingredients blended into the chocolately concoction, and they have a blissful effect on the body.

Stowers says she drinks the Happy Shake for breakfast, and suggests replacing one meal per day with the tasty soft-serve treat. For more insanely delicious (and sometimes deceiving!) raw food recipes, pick up her book, Eat Raw Not Cooked – available at amazon.com.

Happy Shake Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup water

3 to 4 cups spinach

1 tablespoon coconut oil or 1 organic egg

1 tablespoon raw maca powder

2 tablespoons raw cacao powder

1 cup frozen blueberries

3/4 cup frozen cherries

1/4 cup frozen banana, sliced in small pieces before freezing

Optional: a little raw honey for extra sweetness

Optional: 3 ice cubes for hot humid days

Optional: Raw cacao nibs, goji berries or shredded coconut

Directions:

1. In your Vitamix or blender start with the water.

2. Add the spinach (note –  Kale is too bitter for this recipe)

3. Add the coconut oil or egg. Good fat won’t make you fat!

4. Add the maca powder and cacao powder.

5. Blend all ingredients until they yield 1 cup of green sludge.

6. Add the 2 cups frozen fruit.

7. Use a plunger or carrot to push frozen fruit down. Do not overblend.

8. Add optional toppings of choice.

Will you try the Happy Shake? We want to know what you think of this yummy raw food recipe! Let us know in the comments below!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Photo Courtesy of Stacy Stowers

Look Inside A Raw Food Expert’s Fridge!

We took a look inside the refrigerator of raw food expert and author, Stacy Stowers, and even scored an amazing new recipe!

Stacy Stowers Fridge

Stacy Stowers, a raw foods expert and author of Eat Raw Not Cooked, has a fridge that looks a lot different than it did a few years ago.

After suffering from chronic pain and illness for nearly half her life, Stowers was miraculously cured in just 10 days by adapting a raw foods diet – and she’s never looked back.  She’s since traveled the country, staying at families’ homes for a week at a time in her pursuit to convince even her toughest constituents that ditching processed foods and eating (mostly) raw meals can be transformative.

Gearing up for a trip to Chicago to further spread the word and show Americans how they can get healthy, we were curious what we’d find in her fridge. We were impressed by the neatly organized shelves of organic produce, and elated when we got to snack on some insanely satisfying spring rolls. Read on to find out what else we discovered, and score one of Stowers’ tasty raw recipes:

Stacy Stowers Fridge 2

We’ve tried the Happy Shake (Stowers’ chocolatey version of a green smoothie) and it’s so good! What’s with the actual green juice that we see in the door? The happy shake contains raw maca powder and raw cacao powder, which are actually almost medicinal in their potency. While superfoods are obviously great for the body, we don’t need them every single day, so sometimes (especially while I’m on the road) I grudgingly swap out a Happy Shake for a classic organic green juice.

There’s a lot of lettuce in there! Are leafy greens your go-to ingredient? Leafy greens are absolutely essential to my diet because they increase the body’s alkalinity, as opposed to acidity which can make us sick and tired. Especially when working with kids, I always try to incorporate greens in a fun way, like my chips and dip recipe that uses crunchy romaine leaves. I once stayed with a family with a little girl who one day declared, “My goal is to eat 100 leaves a day!” I love that motto!

You’ve mentioned that you avoid using traditional sweeteners or sugars. What makes maple syrup different? I use Grade B maple syrup, which is the most minimally processed of all maple syrups. It’s highly concentrated, so a little goes a long way and I usually use a small amount to sweeten some recipes like my Cha-Cha-Chia Pudding, which is actually what’s in the top right container.

(Tasting ensues) It’s SO good! This would be amazing for a quick breakfast! Definitely.  It only takes about 5 minutes to whip up and it can be stored in the refrigerator for weeks. It has a similar texture to tapioca pudding, but it’s actually made with chia seeds that make you feel full for so long. In fact, chia helps the body regulate carbs and sugars, which gives us long-lasting energy without the crash.

Talk about a perfect breakfast! Can we share the recipe? Absolutely!

Chia Pudding

Cha-Cha-Chia Pudding Recipe by Stacy Stowers

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons Grade B maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds

In a blender, combine the cashews, water, maple syrup, vanilla and salt and blend until smooth and creamy. Add the chia seeds and blend lightly. Pour into a large bowl or jar and refrigerate overnight.

Note: Unless you’re using a high-speed blender, soak the cashews for at least 2 hours before blending. Rinse them thoroughly after soaking.

Stay tuned for more raw foods recipes and healthy living tips from Stacy Stowers! You can buy her book, Eat Raw Not Cooked on amazon.com, and find out more about the author at stacystowers.com.

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Recipe of the Week: The Red, White & Blue Brain from Eat It to Beat It

This week, we tested out a power breakfast smoothie from past author of the month David Zinczenko’s popular book, Eat It to Beat It. 

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Looking to shake up (or in the case, blend up) your morning breakfast? We tried this delicious smoothie from Eat It To Beat It—and let’s just say it gave our egg whites a run for their money. Not only thanks to the taste (which was fab!) but the nutritional value is unparalleled. The fruits for this recipe were chosen based on color—blue, red and purple—because they contain anthocyanins, which are known to help improve cognitive function. Read: exactly what we need when we first wake up!

Whip this smoothie up before your next big meeting or exam for the perfect AM brain boost!

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Recipe:

½ cup frozen blueberries

½ cup frozen strawberries

½ cup pomegranate juice

½ cup Greek yogurt

Directions:

Puree all ingredients in blender until smooth and uniform.

Enjoy! Let us know if you make the smoothie and what you think of it in the comments below.

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.