New Rooftop Lounge at NYC's Dream Midtown

The Rickey // All photos by Salt Lake Creative NYC
The Rickey // All photos by Salt Lake Creative NYC

The weather may be cooling off, but it's not too late to grab a rooftop drink before winter chases us all inside. Travelers in NYC will have a new option when the new rooftop lounge PHD Terrace and cocktail bar The Rickey open at the Dream Midtown on October 8. 

PHD Terrace, a multi-level indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge, is the sister property to the PHD Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown in the Meatpacking District. The Rickey is a new concept, billed as a "cultured craft cocktial bar with a lively social scene," according to an opening announcement.

Located on the 15th and 16th floors, PHD Terrace boasts views of Midtown Manhattan, and will host a rotating schedule of DJs, weekly parties and exclusive events. The design is the brainchild of Josh Held, whose past projects include LIGHT Las Vegas, Voyeur Los Angeles, Marquee New York and The Lobby Lounge and Guest House at Dream Downtown. 

Specialty cocktail offerings at the PHD Terrace include returning favorites from the downtown location, such as the Hot to Trot (Cazadores Tequila Blanco, cucumber, agave, jalapeno) and Wet Dream (Grey Goose Cherry Noir, white cranberry & pineapple juice, St. Germain), among others. For snacks, light bites will range from crunchy orzo and cheese balls to fig and gorgonzola flatbread. 

Hours of operation are 4pm until late, seven days a week. For more information or reservations, please visit or call 646-756-2044.

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Named after the classic cocktail, The Rickey will serve drinks conceptualized by Johnny Swet (JIMMY at The James, The Skylark, Rogue & Canon, Cafe Clover), with a focus on ingredients delivered to the bar fresh daily. An "ingredients index" on a mirror alongside the bar will help guests to keep track. 

The cocktail menu will include two seasonal Rickeys, as well as offerings like The Cartel (Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, pineapple syrup, a block of coconut water ice, topped with grated Colombian coffee bean); Bourgeois Pig (Chopin Single Potato Vodka, dry vermouth, bacon elixir, rosemary bitters, freshly shaved black truffle), and the Jerry Lee Lewis, a deconstructed, modern version of the Fireball (12-year bourbon, Ancho Reyes chili liqueur, topped with cinnamon and served over an ice sphere).

The Rickey will also offer a wine list by Managing Partner Matt Strauss, all of which will be available by the glass. Some wines will also be available in 3-ounce and 6-ounce pours using the Coravin system. 

The Rickey will be open daily starting at 4 p.m.