BY JORDAN GIBBONS
In the past few years, rooftop bars have become some of the most popular venues to sip on some spirits throughout the City and Queens has its fair share of establishments that allow guests to enjoy the summer sky while they carouse with their favorite cocktail.
On Northern Boulevard in Little Neck, Il Bacco has been a popular spot for fine Italian dining for many years, but when they moved to their current location four years ago, they added a secluded rooftop that continues to evolve as the years go by.
This year, Il Bacco added a retractable roof to prevent Mother Nature from ending the night early. Tall shrubs surround the perimeter of the roof, allowing for a private atmosphere that allows guests to unwind on the comfortable furniture or dance through the night on the tiled floors.
“It’s been a work in progress adding on the roof,” Maurizio Vendittelli, Il Bacco’s general manager, said. “You don’t even know you’re on Northern Boulevard.”
Vendittelli said they’re going to put outdoor heaters in at the end of the summer so they can keep the roof open into mid-November and open it in early April.
The roof is closed on Mondays, open for cocktails on Tuesdays and Wednesday through Sunday they serve small appetizers that are made on the roof along with cocktails. Wednesday night is Cigar Night and guests can enjoy jazz instrumental music. They have a DJ Thursday through Saturday.
“Business has been great,” Bob DeCarlo, Il Bacco’s bartending manager, said. “On Thursdays, you can’t even get on the elevator.”
Il Bacco is located at 253-24 Northern Blvd., Little Neck. Call (718) 224-7657 for more information.
If you are traveling to southern Queens and find yourself thirsty or itching to dance out your work week, Vetro’s rooftop in Howard Beach is worth a visit.
Vetro’s chic decor is the perfect environment to unwind along Jamaica Bay. Latin Tuesdays offer Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia and Latin Hustle dancing. There is live entertainment on Wednesday nights and classic dance hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s on Thursdays. Celebrity DJs control the crowd every Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. There are also Sunset Sessions on certain Sundays with DJ Danny Testa.
Vetro is located at 164-49 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach. For more information, call (718) 843-8387.
Over in western Queens, Long Island City has been building a stable of rooftop retreats, as well.
Looking out at the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, The Ravel Hotel features Penthouse 808, an 8,000-square-foot rooftop Asian Bistro with retractable glass over the lounge, which is open daily for dining from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday nights feature live jazz with Dandy Wellington and there are live bands on Thursdays. The Late Night Lounge opens on weekends at 11 p.m.
The Ravel Hotel is located at 8-08 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City. For more information call (718) 289-6101.
The Z NYC Hotel in LIC also offers a grant view of the City skyline on its 5,000-square-foot rooftop lounge, Z Roof.
Guests can enjoy cocktails Monday throughThursday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, the rooftop is open from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. and Sundays from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Z NYC Hotel is located at 11-01 43rd Avenue, Long Island City. For more information call (212) 319-7000.