As a member of the “new media”, once a while my inbox receives an unsolicited pitch from PR firms. These are usually about restaurant openings (though seldom offers of free food), books (yeah free book to read!), compostable tooth brushes (I kid you not), and way too often about the next great food-based-technology start-up that’s the greatest thing since…. well….. Yelp (for being more local, more social, more real time, more user-driven……).
Then every once a while I’d receive an invitation and have no clue what it is all about. I just RSVP, show up at the designated time and location, and hope for the best.
In the past I’ve been invited to the RueLaLa launch at Co-Op Food & Drink, where I quietly strolled past the photo wall and assaulted the open bar. A real house wife was supposedly in attendance, which to this date still means nothing to me. I came, i Tweeted, I drank, and I left.
Then a couple weeks ago I was invited to the launch party of Haven at the Sanctuary Hotel. Thinking it would be a casual affair, I stopped by after work in khakis and a corporate patterned dress shirt. Apparently I’ve been working in Queens for too long. Apparently I got the invite but not the memo.
I don’t know much about Sanctuary Hotel, because my knowledge of hotels comes from their attached restaurants. This place doesn’t have one yet, but Haven is the first phase of a major upgrade in the dining amenities. For now, the back of the lobby is a spacious lounge, until later this year when it makes way for a new restaurant.
They can do that because if guests want a drink, they can head straight upstairs. Although the rooftop at Sanctuary Hotel isn’t too large, the use of space is one of the best I’ve seen. I love the large glass walls that gives a sense of openness while complying with the city’s stringent code for a rooftop space.
Drink specials for the day were excellent. I was especially impressed by how each cocktail were precisely mixed despite the large crowd. They could easily cut some corners, but they did not. Bravo.
As the summer heat wave continues to assault New York, Haven is…. well as its name says, an excellent place to escape the madness at street level. I can this place becoming hard to get into, so go, before it gets crowded.
132 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036