Things to do in NYC: Central Park views at Life Rooftop above Le Meridien New York

The season is upon us for outdoor sips and city views, so you’re probably on the hunt for your new favorite rooftop in NYC. Look no further, because Life Rooftop above the Le Meridien New York boasts breathtaking views of Central Park, an elevated menu of bar bites, craft cocktails, and rotating DJ sets Wednesday through Saturday!

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Concept

Perched 29 floors above Le Meridien New York, Life Rooftop is an alluring lounge and outdoor terrace that offers guests the perfect vantage point to take in the city’s energy and soaring views of Central Park. Guests are invited to enjoy cocktails and an array of delicious bites from Executive Chef Anastacia Song’s carefully sourced menu. The rooftop lounge is the perfect gathering place offering a variety of drinks and culinary delights. Life Rooftop was designed to be the ultimate escape above it all, where you can relax, unwind and enjoy your day outdoors rain or shine.

Executive Chef

New York native Anastacia Song has worked in the hospitality industry for the better part of her adult life after attending medical school and realizing her heart was in the kitchen and not in the operating room. She began her career bartending before learning from Chef Harold Moore at Commerce.  She went on to become Chef de Cuisine at Jersey City’s Porta for two years before returning to New York City in 2016 to work at Martha in Fort Greene, followed by Treehaus in Midtown Manhattan.  She went on to become Executive Chef for LDV Hospitality’s American Cut in 2018 where over the next two years, she found her two true loves: leadership and a great steak. In 2021, Chef Song was hired by Disruptive Restaurant Group (DRG) to helm the kitchen at Kumi at Le Meridien where she harmonized modern Japanese and Korean American cuisines all in one unforgettable ballad to both cultures and now she’ll bring new small plate creations to Life Rooftop this summer.

Ownership

Disruptive Restaurant Group (DRG), led by visionary Sam Nazarian, incubates and operates globally renowned culinary brands including critically-acclaimed restaurants, lounges and nightclubs. By partnering with an impressive roster of internationally renowned culinary talent, DRG concepts are committed to innovation and setting new industry standards. Restaurants within the portfolio include Kumi, Katsuya by Chef Katsuya Uechi, Sa’Moto by Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Hyde Sunset Kitchen and Cocktails and Casa Dani by Michel Chef Dani Garcia.

Food

Life Rooftop offers a carefully sourced menu from Executive Chef Anastacia Song featuring a variety of bar bites along with the extensive drink menu. Snacks include marinated olives with fresh herbs, garlic, chili and an orange peel, a hummus plate, and a charcuterie board with Chef’s selection of assorted cured meats and cheeses along with fig jam and honeycomb. The menu also includes pub pretzels, pastry pups with everything bagel spice, beef sliders, shoestring fries, Cajun spice wings and vegetable spring rolls with plum sauce.

Beverages

Life’s extensive bar menu features craft cocktails cultivated by their skilled bartenders in addition to a selection of beers and wines as well as bottle service with various options available. Craft cocktails include the Rita Hayworth with Pineapple & Sage Infused Tequila, Honey, Yellow Chartreuse, a Spicy Paloma with Jalapeño Infused Tequila, Grapefruit and Lime, the Seersucker made with Rum, Fresh Strawberry, Lemon and Cinnamon, and the Tropical Nymph with Vodka, Blue Curacao, Pineapple, Mango and Orgeat. Beers include an option of lagers, Allagash white, Merman, Seaquench Ale, Truly seltzers and No. 139 Dry Rosé cider. Prosecco, champagne, pinot grigio, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, rosé, pinot noir, malbec and cabernet sauvignon are also on the menu to be able to toast the season with.

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