Perched atop Chicago’s Hotel Lincoln is the city’s coolest lounge: the J. Parker rooftop bar and restaurant. It’s a treat for your taste buds—and with unparalleled views of Lincoln Park, Lake Michigan and the city skyline, it’s a feast for the eyes, too. Made for mingling, the J. Parker boasts cushy indoor and outdoor seating areas among its tables sized for tapas. And just because you’re in the Windy City doesn’t mean you’ll have a bad hair day; the glass-paneled enclosures offer a crystal-clear respite from any threatening gusts.
The menu boasts seasonal delights from Perennial Virant, the restaurant below, and cocktails take patrons on a journey with The Fine Art of Destination Drinking, three drinks from three destinations every three months. jparkerchicago.com
THE SWEETEST SIPPER
Warning: Your mouth will start watering just reading about Sugar and Plumm, the restaurant, bakery and chocolatier on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Before you order any treats, shakes or sundaes, prep your palate with a Mango Collins cocktail. This tropical infusion, made with fresh lemon juice, mango, vodka and club soda, may be a hit down South—it’s the perfect liquid summer dessert for Hart of Dixie’s Lemon Breeland (Jaime King). sugarandplumm.com
3/4 ounce simple syrup
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce mango puree
Dash of Angostura bitters
1 ounces vodka
2 ounces club soda
Slice of mango
Shake first five ingredients and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with mango.
The Emperor workstation looks more like Command Central than a cubicle, so it’s jazzy enough to make Person of Interest’s Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) look hip. The podlike design, which is custom-built to appeal to your every need, has an adjustable leather seat and three 27-inch monitors.
Need a break? Recline 30 degrees and enjoy some music on the Bose sound system. Need a breath of fresh air, but don’t have time to go outside? Try the air purifier system—you can control it from a touch screen. Now you’ll just have to figure out how to stop procrastinating. mwelab.com
TIP OF THE TONGUE
The cupcake’s comeback will put 2 Broke Girls’ Max and Caroline (Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs) on the map, but they’ve got to stop their goal-squashing diner malarkey. Getting zozzled off too many cocktails isn’t an option—they need to stay focused so they don’t get completely confubbazzled (a state of confusion so intense, there’s no turning back). Making as much money as possible should be their goal; let’s hope they stay away from any ballyhoo in Brooklyn.
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