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This NYC Rooftop Bar Has the Best View of Times Square in the City

New York City Restaurants + Bars
by Matador Creators Jan 10, 2023

The neon lights and towering build boards advertising everything from Broadway shows to concerts and Coca Cola in Times Square are iconic. Crowds rush through the streets, taxis honk as they speed through the intersection, and the doors of busy shops constantly open and close – this is one of the most recognizable images of New York City. At Beast & Butterflies, you can catch all the action of Times Square, with a drink in hand.

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One doesn’t associate Times Square with privacy, but Beast & Butterflies NYC is about as secluded as you can get high above the chaos of the city. Located inside the M Social Hotel Times Square New York, you can observe all the noise, traffic, and sight seers, without having to join the fray.

Beast & Butterflies NYC features a rooftop terrace and indoor bar enclosed by glass, so you can still see the sweeping New York City skyline just outside. On the terrace, guests can sit at a glass bar that directly overlooks a busy intersection decorated with several flashy billboards – definitely where you want to sit if you’ve always wanted to see what Times Square is all about without having to actually be part of the crowd.

The menu is all bar food with a slightly elevated twist – the sliders are made from crab cakes, and the mac and cheese is flecked with lobster, while the ribs – which are flavored with hoisin sauce, honey, and ginger – are an homage to Canal Street and Chinatown.

The cocktail menu is where Beast & Butterflies really shines, and it’s adorned with nods to New York City. One drink pays tribute to the Richard Rogers theater, where Hamilton originally debuted. The bar’s take on a Manhattan features a liqueur made from Long Island plums. Other cocktails pay homage to Billy Joel and the Statue of Liberty.

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