Castell: Sky-Scraping Cocktails and Spanish Eats Perched High Above Times Square

It's Almost Like You're Not in Times Square

By Ilana Dadras ·
Photo: Oleg March

The next time you find yourself in or around Times Square, make your way hastily to Castell: a classy new indoor-outdoor sky-scraping lounge with an impressive martini program and Spanish-leaning snacks, now open atop the AC Hotel.

It's better up there.

A few things you may find yourself doing here: sipping a Spanish martini with lemon oils and pickled Guindilla pepper in a chair-shaped tree trunk, commenting on the massive abstract piece in the indoor lounge, discreetly reaching for the last piece of Iberico ham, tomato and Parmesan-topped toast... It's a classy, airy space that's perfect when it's nice out, and still works when it's not.

Also, the martini options here are plentiful. Choose one—be it a gin variation with saffron cocktail onions or a 50/50 gin-vodka option with a lemon twist—and head outside to claim some of the long black-and-wood couches spanning the terrace. There's a salted grapefruit paloma on tap, too, if you're not a martini person.

And when hunger hits, just say the word and your table will be filled with aioli and smoked paprika-topped crispy potatoes; toast piled high with fire-roasted eggplant and tomato confit; and heirloom tomato-mozzarella salads. Well, say all of these words.

Some photos, now, and we'll send you on your way.

Ilana Dadras

Ilana Dadras passes her days writing about good food, talking about good food and consuming good food. Occasionally doing other things, too.

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