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R17 Rooftop bar – at the brand new Pier 17 in New York

One of the developments in New York is the revitalization of South Street Seaport and Pier 17 – an area that was badly hit by  Hurricane Sandy. I already talked a bit about the South Street Seaport region here on the blog and I think it’s a really nice area to visit, explore and eat. The streets are quiet and charming – it does not look like we are in New York, it even has a certain European atmosphere. Click here to check out more details. Another important development in the area is the Pier 17 building, which features contemporary design and includes open spaces, a rooftop, and several shops and restaurants. The Pier has been open for almost a year – but it is not in full operation yet. Several shops and restaurants should open soon – but the whole area can already be explored, including a great spot for beautiful photos.

Speaking of Pier 17 itself, one of the new spots is the R17 – bar and restaurant that sits on the rooftop of the Pier. We were there a few weeks ago – we were invited – to have the experience and it was so cool that I decided to share a post about it with you.

The R17 opened in November last year and is a 70-seat bar and lounge designed by the Rockwell Group, furnished with two fireplaces, pillows and blankets to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for guests. The place has a super sophisticated vibe. The highlight is the cocktails and the tapas menu. Remember: it is not a restaurant itself, but much more a bar with snack options. And talking about snacks – amazing! The menu was created by Chef Cassidy Hallman and includes options with ingredients such as vegetables, scallops, chicken, potatoes – and prices are between $12 and $18. I would say that for two people, it is good to order at least three portions. You can click here and check the complete menu. We tried the Cauliflower & Mushrooms, the Crispy Sweetbreads, and the Potato & Caviar and I have no words to describe how tasty these plates were. Seriously people, an explosion of flavors – we love both the Crispy Sweetbreads so much that we order one more portion.

The drinks menu is another highlight. There are several cocktail options – which cost between $14 and $19 – and we love Pamplemousse Spritz and San Luis Swizzle. The R17 is an enclosed rooftop – runs year-round. In summer, from June, R17 will also feature an open area – and overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge, with different decor and different menu.

R17 opens from Tuesday to Saturday, from 4pm to 11pm.

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