80 Wythe Ave. (at N 11th St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Exquisite
Cards: All Major
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday from 7pm-1am
Subway: L to Bedford Ave
Booze: Full Bar
Williamsburg’s hippest rooftop drinking destination quietly opened about a week ago on the sprawling sixth floor of the Wythe Hotel. Though the owners are trying their best to keep their baby, The Ides, under the radar (our request to send a photographer was politely rebuffed), word-of-mouth has spread quickly, and employees tell us that they’ve been slammed almost every night. We popped in on Sunday right when the bar opened at 7 p.m., and there was already nearly a dozen eager customers lined up in the lobby, waiting for the elevators’ magic number 6 button to start working.
The Ides is operated by Andrew Tarlow, the restaurateur who also runs the downstairs restaurant, Reynards (as well as the trailblazing Williamsburg joints Diner and Marlow & Sons).”I don’t want to come off as too earnest,” Tarlow recently told the Times. “But for me, a restaurant and hotel are all about expanding circles of community.” No food is served up in the bar, where specialty cocktails are in the $10-$12 range you’ve come to expect—but there’s no extra charge for the sweeping views and the refreshing breeze. It’s currently open Wednesday through Sunday, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.