Up On the Roof
Forget staying grounded; what’s happening in food and drinks is up on the roof. The views are Instagramable, the dining is divine and at this time of year the weather is perfect for lovely days and sultry evenings under bright blue skies that fade to dark
Atop the Pontchartrain Hotel is Hot Tin (p. 47), a rooftop bar with a name that alludes to playwright Tennessee Williams, who once resided at the hotel. The stunning 270-degree view makes a great backdrop for cocktailing, and the interior design has notable (and naughty) flourishes to discover while sipping bourbon, a bit of bubbly or a frivolous and fantastic “Pineapple Upside-Down Daiq.”
The Troubadour Hotel (1111 Gravier St., 504.518.5800) is home to Monkey Board, a rooftop hangout with modern, street-graphics style. There’s a full bar and food truck-style eats. Order a gin-and-lime “Alpine Slush” to slurp, along with a “Big Ass Pretzel” and crunchy fried chicken sandwich. At brunch add a slow-cooked egg to the “Mojo Pork” then seal the deal with a fat slice of confetti cake.
A dipping pool, full bar and deck, all with a pretty view best describes Alto (p. 46) at the Ace Hotel. As summer approaches the food offerings trend lighter, and include grilled shrimp with a green garlic vinaigrette, avocado, cucumber and radish. Obvious poolside bites like burgers, hotdogs and wings sit alongside Gulf fish tacos and a bright, herbaceous “Lemongrass Pie.”
The Catahoula Hotel (914 Union St., 504.603.2442) has a super-cool rooftop terrace, where chilling out with cocktails and eating contemporary Peruvian-inspired snacks is the thing. Causas (chilled whipped potatoes stacked with shiitake mushrooms) and salchipapas (fries with wild boar sausage) are listed, along with salads, hefty sandwiches and raw seafood. There’s also a Peruvian café, a coffeeshop and the Pisco Bar, where the pisco sours are frothy, tart and divine. —Lorin Gaudin