For the best ever close-up view of the 59th Street bridge, that same bridge made famous by Simon and Garfunkel in “Feelin Groovy” and by F. Scott Fitzgerald in his American masterpiece The Great Gatsby, you’ve got to visit Penthouse 808 in Long Island City Queens.
This sixth floor lounge and restaurant with a view of Manhattan to die for was recently revamped, and is new and gorgeous. They have happy hour seven nights a week from 5-7, a Sunday jazz brunch with live music and a weekly Wednesday night event they call the Starlight Social with a great deal on a prix fixe dinner and more live music.
Meanwhile, Frank Alessio, Director of Operations for Penthouse 808, took us up to the part of the bar that will be open in 2015. They are building a sister building next door that will have a rooftop pool and a bridge connecting to this upper level of the rooftop bar. Penthouse 808 is spectacular now and it’s hard to believe, but it’s going to get even better next summer!
Long Island City might seem far away, but it really isn’t. I did it via subway and it was less than a 10 minute walk from Court Square-23rd Street subway station E and M trains, plus the hotel offers a shuttle to the station when you’re ready to head home.