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Now that the weather has finally warmed up, you’ll want nothing more than to be outdoors in the sunshine and breathing that fresh spring-scented air. Dining al fresco at a sidewalk café is always a nice way to relax on the weekends but the view isn’t always appealing. Who wants to look at people cleaning up after their dogs and inhaling taxi cab exhaust while they eat lunch? Thanks to the hundreds of thousands of high rises in the city, you’re options are numerous if you want to eat outside but without the distractions of the streets of Manhattan. Here are five of our favorite rooftop eateries and lounges to help you escape from the city’s hustle and bustle this spring.

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National Vodka Day

Moscow Mule

1.7 oz. of Russian Standard

5 oz. of ginger beer

Serve it in a copper mug and garnish it with a lime wedge. Enjoy!

Electrolyte (served Upstairs at Kimberly Hotel)

4 big chunks fresh watermelon- muddled

½ oz. pineapple juice

juice from half a lemon

1½ oz. vodka (non-flavored)

Serve in a highball glass with ice and a vertical watermelon slice garnish.

Broken Basil

2 oz. Broken Shed Vodka

crushed basil leaves (generous amount)

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Satisfy Your Bourbon Craving

It's all about the bourbon this September, when we all get to celebrate National Bourbon Month. Nix your typical vodka cocktails for some strong brown spirits. We've let you know where the most innovative and delicious bourbon cocktails are served around the city, as well as DIY recipes to try on your own. Good luck and enjoy!

Lowcountry serves up a plethora of bourbon laden 'tails. Try out their Lowcountry Old Fashioned (Four Roses Bourbon, Orange, Brandy Cherry), Bourbon Dark & Stormy (Rebel Yell Bourbon, Lime, Ginger Beer, Molasses), Sazarac (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Absinthe, Orange Bitter), Triple-B (Blueberry Shrub, Buffalo Trace, Bourbon, St. Germain, Cava), Lowcountry Iced Tea (Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon, Mint, Lemon, Blackberry Shrub), Ginger Julep (Johnny Drum Bourbon, Jalapeno, Ginger, Mint, Ginger Ale), and last but not least, the Vanilla Chai Manhattan (Vanilla Chai infused Bourbon, Sweet Vermout, Brown Sugar). The Tangled Vine offers two essential bourbon cocktails, The Amsterdam Ave (1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon, Cherry Heering, Maraschino Liquor, lemon, $14) and the Collins (1792 Bourbon, lemon, club soda, $12). Northeast Kingdom in Bushwick let's patrons try out their Old Bushwick Cocktail (Jim Beam, bitters, lime, $9), while Casa Nonna makes The Tuscan (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, peach honey syrup, Marreti Biscotti liquor, bitters, $14).

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Kimberly Hotel's New Rooftop Lounge Opens

Have you ever watched a scene in movie when a character takes an elevator up to the top floor and steps out onto a rooftop overlooking a breathtaking Manhattan skyline? I have, and I've always wondered, where exactly are they? Well, now I know: they're in places like this.

Upstairs is a picturesque little lounge perched atop Midtown's Kimberly Hotel. You might be thinking, well, that's nice for the summer, but not now, amidst all this rain. But the people of Upstairs have thought of everything and constructed a retractable roof for such occasions. And, if it's a bit chilly, you can stroll by the fire or seek respite in the closed library nook (with its own bar).