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Gramercy Park Hotel, New York City

Smoking on the roof in Manhattan.
Gregory Mottola
Posted: August 31, 2007

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All of the rooms lead out to the verdant terrace. On a recent visit, I took a seat in the southeast corner and lit up a Nicaraguan cigar. It was quiet on the rooftop garden and that's how Schrager envisioned it -- a tranquil extension of Gramercy Park below and a nod to the terrace gardens of old New York. Flowers blossomed along the ledge, vines hung in pergola fashion, and soon I was handed a cocktail menu. I'm guessing the drinks are allusions to the overall decor -- curious concoctions with no obvious classifications. The drink I chose was called a Maca Martini, a mixture of Sagatiba Cachaça, elderflower liqueur, fresh lime juice and apple cider. I found the punch of the Cachaça (Brazilian cane juice rum) to go well with the strong Nicaraguan tobacco.

Late supper service is offered on the roof if you don't want to smoke on an empty stomach. Or you can dine at Wakiya, the hotel's high-end Chinese restaurant serving food inspired by the cuisine of Shanghai, Szechuan, Canton and Beijing. Either way, this botanical oasis is full of interesting impressions that complement the cigar-smoking experience, whether it be that of low-keyed conversation or quiet contemplation. And if you wish to stroll the last of the private parks, guests are also granted privileges to the gated grounds of Gramercy Park itself.

Gramercy Park Hotel
2 Lexington Ave.
New York NY 10010
Tel: 212-920-3300

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Ryu Kubo — Tokyo 153-0062, Japan,  —  October 8, 2012 6:37am ET

Ive been a NYC resident since birth till 29. Astoria, Woodside, Flushing/Corona - A Queens kid. Started my career on Wall street just at the brink of the 90's cigar craze, at first influenced by my bosses now to find myself with a 300cigar humidor/3 sticks per day.

Moved to Tokyo at 29 and since worked in London, Sydney and Hong Kong, but on every trip back home, Gramercy has been the place to stay mainly to enjoy the terrace on the 16th floor. The hotel's been through lots the past 20 years now to see itself in its present state - fascinating to say the least

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