At Tom Colicchio's new restaurant Riverpark, gas-powered heat lamps on the outdoor patio will soon be fired up to keep diners warm. The rooftop Glass Bar at hotel Indigo has electric heaters and is installing a vinyl covering, designed to maintain the view. And 230 Fifth is handing out red fleece robes and blankets to customers on the rooftop.
Rooftop bars run into a bit of trouble as the weather becomes intolerable for guests, forcing them to either shut down for the season or get innovative. 230 Fifth, the Flatiron bar popular during the summer with the afterwork set, firmly falls into the innovative category. To combat the winter chill, the bar has doubled its number of high powered heaters, created a new "Hot Hot Drinks" menu that are served in over-sized hand-warming mugs, and purchased 1,000 of the bar’s cozy signature red hooded fleece robes to help keep its customers warm. If you have ever wanted to experience the sensation of drinking and being in a weird cult, head on down to 230 Fifth before Spring arrives.