This summer, Ascent Lounge joined the Time Warner Center. With breathtaking views of Central Park and Columbus Circle, guests are offered decadent custom designed cocktails and sharable plates in the beautiful Jeffrey Beers designed 5,500 square foot lounge. Brian and Carrie Packin, the husband and wife team behind 48 Lounge, exude their warm hospitality to Ascent. They even celebrated their own wedding in the same location back in 2006, giving them a personal tie to the venue.
By Elena Murzello
The highlight of Ascent is the four-category cocktail list with various themes as Wanderlust and Neoclassical. The extensive list was developed by Co-owner Carrie Packin with input from Beverage Manager Matija Rajak.
My favorite cocktails are the unique, Berry Sorbet Punch and Toasted Almond Pop Rocks creations, featuring a house-made ice cream pop “rock” that intensifies flavor as it melts into the drink. ½ dessert and ½ drink – its richness masks the alcohol.
Other notable cocktails include The Smoking Gun, made with Montelobos Mezcal, pineapple juice, fresh lime and house-cured bacon bits and the Violet Kiss, a lavender Grey Goose Cosmo with violette and elderflower aromas, garnished with an edible flower.
The luxuriously designed stitched banquettes and a custom mirrored back bar with floating shelves make Ascent an optimal venue to host an event of any grandeur.
For more information, visit www.ascentloungenyc.com.