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Cantina will likely be your favorite NYC rooftop. Just like your favorite little black dress or slacks (what’s a classic wardrobe equivalent for men?), Cantina is the perfect spot for day or night. The stunning views of Manhattan serve the perfect backdrop to make every eye on your Snapchat jealous, at least for 24 hours. Just because this spot is atop the Stage 48 night club doesn’t mean that it’s got the same vibe. In fact, it feels like a whole new world, yes, like Aladdin dropped you off on his magic carpet on the way to Jasmine’s mansion. Great music, potent margaritas and a cute wait staff—what more do you need? Happy birthday to you.
Start and end your crazy birthday night in this one-stop shop. Located right above one of Manhattan’s favorite nightclubs, Stage 48, you could kill all the birds with one stone. (Get your mind out of the gutter—no one said anything about getting stoned!) After you’ve worked up a sweat, come upstairs (well, Friday and Saturday night because it’s open until 4 a.m., you party animal you) for a cool breeze, sexy view of Manhattan and literally the best margaritas you’ve ever had, unless you’ve been to Mexico. And in that case, forget we made that claim.
This is where modern Mexican food was invented—it just has to be. If you can get over how delicious the various margaritas (watermelon, pepino, pomegranate and more) are, then lucky you, because you get to taste their seared Ahi tuna tostaditas, the most delectable pork belly your tongue has ever had the privilege of touching and an oyster or Hamachi or lobster ceviche that will make you question everything else you’ve ever eaten. (There’s more ceviche variety on the menu, by the way.) We haven’t even mentioned any of the entrees yet. We’ll just leave these right here: Mexican Bouillabaisse with scallops, shrimp, halibut, clams, mussels, lobster broth, saffron poached potato and mirepoix. Black Angus Arrachera a La Parilla with Ancho chile marinated flank steak, crispy potatoes and poblano rajas and charred asparagus. Wipe up your drool, don’t want to damage your keyboard.
The only reason you shouldn’t choose Cantina is because you hate Mexican food that will change your life, breathtaking views of the greatest city on earth and cocktails that taste like they were mixed by Prince’s pinky. Yes, the Prince. And you know that you don’t hate any of these things. You’ll feel transported to Mexico, on this year-round rooftop (yes, even in the winter) and who doesn’t want to feel like they’re in Mexico? No one. Ole! Now, pass the margaritas!