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Panorama Room: The Chic New York City Destination Bar on Roosevelt Island

If you’re a New Yorker, chances are you’ve heard about Roosevelt Island a few times. It might have been because you passed the strikingly red Roosevelt Island Tramway entrance in Manhattan, which serves as aerial cable car transportation from isle to isle.

Well, you now have a reason to take that cable car: There is a new chic destination bar that instantly seduces all at first sight. The seductress goes by the name Panorama Room and she sits on the top floor of the 18-story Graduate Roosevelt Island.

Panorama Room
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A 168-seat outdoor-indoor bar and lounge, the jewel box space evokes a sense of cinematic drama inspired by futurism.

Inside, a vintage-while-modish aesthetic equipped with custom furniture plus well-bred materials spawn nods to film-noir futurism. Each article in the space is intended to be whimsical and elegant, from the blush velvet tubular lounge sofas to the thoughtful lighting.

The luminescence will have you in awe, specifically the sizeable monolithic chandelier that James Beard Award-winning firm Parts and Labor Design customized. It pervades the finely-hewed ceiling above the bar and features translucent tubular acrylic.

When here, unobstructed views of Manhattan’s skyline captivate all who walk onto the outdoor terrace. Skyscrapers seem as if they are in reach, and cars cruising down the FDR roadway look like ants. Undeniably atmospheric, chrome benches and tables freckle the deck.

Executive Chef Megan Brown and Beverage Director Estelle Bossy have curated a list of mouthwatering noshes and creative cocktails. When it comes to libations, try The Old Man and the Sea: Gray Whale Gin, Mattei Cap Corse Blanc Quinquina, Oloroso Sherry, Fino Sherry, and a smoked olive.

Needless to say, whether it be the interior design, inimitable views, or delectable cocktails, the Panorama Room is a bar and lounge worth taking the cable car to Roosevelt Island for the next time you’re in the city.

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