By Terry Trucco
We’ll venture a wild guess that architect Arthur Loomis Harmon never dreamed the roof of Allerton House, a residential hotel for men he designed in 1916, would one day serve up Mexican beer, California Cabernet and cocktails like Fly By Night (gin, lemon juice, cinnamon-vanilla bean, orange blossom and sea salt on the rocks).
He probably didn’t foresee $70 cocktails to share either, like The Melon – vodka, gin, tequila or rum mixed with watermelon puree, lime juice, agave and mint and served in a baby watermelon.
But the roofless sundeck that looks like a Romanesque ruin with brick walls and arched openings embellished with classic columns is the perfect setting for a 21st century roof bar. It even has postcard views of the Empire State Building, which Harmon — and his firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon — designed 15 years later. (more…)