Featuring dramatic views of the Hudson River (seen in the photo above), and downtown icons like the Freedom Tower and 56 Leonard, the lower half of Hotel Hugo’s rooftop duplex bar remains open throughout the winter. A wall of glass faces the river, and small lounge areas are backed by the city skyline. Best of all, you will enjoy hand-crafted cocktails created by house-mixologist Kevin Montaño, who really has a special talent for unique tastes and perfectly-balanced drinks. (see more on the cocktails plus the recipes at this link)

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Mixologist Kevin Montaño. Right, Winter’s Eve, a dessert-style cocktail a complex and sensational mix of spiced rum, coconut, and and coffee-infused cognac which comes topped with cinnamon and shaved Mexican chocolate. I think this is one of my favorite dessert cocktails ever, in that it is not that sweet, yet full of wonderful nuances.

hobnobmag Bar Hugo NYC winter rooftop art deco bar

A small art-deco style bar greets you as you exit the elevator. Right, the Poached Pear cocktail. (see the recipe here)

hobnobmag Bar Hugo NYC winter rooftop cocktail EVERGREEN

Evergreen, an herbal mix whose sprig of dill adds to the drinking experience. Right, the lounge area which faces the river. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday, from 5pm – 8pm with select beer for $6, house wine $8, well-mixed drinks $9, and specialty cocktails $10.

Bar Hugo just before sunset, sunglasses were in order.

Comfy couches abound. Right, just before sunset it was necessary to don sunglasses, the light in here was incredible.

sunset seen from Bar Hugo with river view in NYC

Sunset, the magic hour, gave a beautiful glow to the room before all the city lights come on.

Cafe Hugo in the Hugo Hotel has a skylit green room.

Almost ready: Downstairs, off the lobby, a new restaurant awaits the final touches and liquor license. Cafe Hugo offers a small outdoor area in front will be ready once weather permits, while a skylit area covered in greenery makes for a perfect party space.

Cafe Hugo's polished wood surfaces and mid-century style.

The mid-century style and ultra shiny wood imported from Italy make it seem as if you were on a private yacht. Cafe Hugo now serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and coffee with casual, seasonal farm-to-table fare.

Bar Hugo at the Hugo Hotel Soho, 525 Greenwich St (betw Spring/Vandam St)