The new Conrad hotel brings a rooftop bar scene and artful interiors to the lower west side waterfront.
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The atrium of the Conrad New York, the latest luxury hotel to pop up in booming lower Manhattan, is like a fun house of twirling colors and shapes, thanks to Loopy Doopy Blue and Purple, a 100-by-80-foot Sol LeWitt painting that stretches up 13 stories. The painting, which took 100 gallons of paint and 3,000 hours to create, sets a tone that’s equally whimsical and wow.
The hotel’s new rooftop bar, which opened in mid-May, is named after the painting. At the Loopy Doopy, the views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, and the Hudson River are all wow, but the menu is all whimsy. The “Prosecco and Popsicles” selection is just what it sounds like: boozy homemade ice pops—in flavors including blood orange and lychee gin—splashed into a glass of sparkling Italian prosecco (which the bar has on tap).
Other refreshing intoxicants include the Topsy Turvy, made with Grey Goose vodka, Cointreau, and white cranberry juice; and a list of Spanish, Italian, and French wines and bubblies by the bottle and the glass. Above the bar, a garden of fresh herbs and vegetables contribute to a menu of small plates such as spicy kale chips with chorizo salt and shrimp ceviche with chili pepper, avocado, and lime.
Unless you’re a tourist, the roof is, of course, why you’ll come to the Conrad. But the hotel’s interior is worth a gander itself, filled as it is with more than 2,000 works of art. In addition to the LeWitt piece, which morphs into different colors thanks to lights projected onto it, there’s a dangling sculpture by Monica Ponce De Leon, called Veils, which is composed of white angular beams suspended from the ceiling. Next to the atrium, a spiral center staircase is enclosed by wooden rods that fan out to create the sensation of walking through a field of bamboo (if bamboo grew on stairs). Don’t be surprised if you leave feeling a little loopy.