5 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York City

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New York City is the classic choice for New Year’s Eve, with legendary parties, dinners, and the opportunity to attend the biggest New Year’s Eve party on earth: the live ball drop in Times Square. Whether you’re looking for a great party, an intimate dinner, or a complete change of scene, check out some of our ideas for your New Year’s Eve celebration in New York City. Sky Room’s guide to New Year’s Eve in New York City!

Watch The Ball Drop in Times Square

If your New Year’s Eve in New York City fantasy involves watching the ball drop in Times Square, you are not alone—approximately two million revelers fill Times Square each year to watch the ball drop at midnight. Be prepared for the weather and the other things you should bring to the ball drop in Times Square. You might want to check out a few tips for attending the ball drop.

Enjoy a Great Concert or Show on New Year’s Eve

New York City venues pull out all the stops for NYE. It’s a fun night to catch a top live act performing at one of New York City’s great performance venues. Check out a round-up of great concerts and shows happening on New Year’s Eve in New York City.

Feast Your Way into the New Year

One of the best ways to celebrate the New Year is through your stomach, with a hearty or refined, delicious meal. Check out some restaurants that usually serve up special New Year’s Eve menus. Consider early seatings if you want to toast in the New Year elsewhere. Or, if you plan to clink glasses at your table, find just the spot for a midnight toast.

Dance & Drink the Night Away at Sky Room

Sky Room rings in 2018 in style! Featuring a 5-hour open bar with party favors, a great mix of music by resident DJ’s and a live-screening of the Ball Drop, Sky Room gives you the feeling of being right in the middle of Times Square without freezing to death!

$125 at skyroomtickets.com 

Looking for Something Different for New Year’s Eve?

Maybe the same-old, same-old is not how you want to start the New Year. For more unique ideas about how to start off your new year, consider these more unusual ways to celebrate the New Year in New York City, including a New Year’s Eve race, a Fireworks Cruise and a Bike or Skate Ride. Check out some other fun things to do on New Year’s Eve in New York City here.

We hope our quick New Year’s Eve in New York City guide gave you enough information to make a wise decision on where to ring in the New Year and say goodbye to 2017!

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Where To Ice Skate in NYC: The Most Epic Winter Question, Ever

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Where To Skate in NYC

Where To Ice Skate in NYC: Bryant Park

‘Tis the season for holiday parties, more family members than you’re used to hanging around, and ice skating! So here is Where To Ice Skate in NYC, guide by Sky Room

Welcome to our “Where To Ice Skate in NYC” Guide.

One of the most epic questions we get during Winter Season here in NYC, goes something like this:

“Do you recommend Rockefeller Center or Central Park, for ice skating?”

So what’s the answer? Well, let’s find out. 

Central Park – Wollman Rink
The skating rink in Central Park is open from 10AM – 6PM, daily (Weather permitting, of course). $12 admission on Mondays thru Thursdays, $9 for skates (unless you bring your own) and $5 for a locker rental. That’s a grand total of $26 dollars. You can skate the entire time the rink is open with no time limits.

Speed skates allowed.

Rockefeller Center – The Rink
“The Rink” at Rockefeller Center operates a bit differently. There are time-limited sessions (90 minutes) throughout the day for ice-skating. This allows everyone the chance to Instagram it up and get their money’s worth because it ain’t cheap and the lines are normally long.

General Admission will cost you $25 plus another $12 for ice skate rentals. That’s $11 more than Central Park. Reservations are not possible here, which means it is first come, first serve. You’ll be waiting for hours (during peak season) with all the tourists before you get a chance to skate. VIP Reservations can run up to $150 per person. 

Speed skates not allowed. FAQ‘s

The Rink at Bryant Park
Open everyday from 8PM – 10PM, the ice skating here is FREE. Skate rental is $20, but you can also bring your own. Lockers are also FREE here, but you need a lock, which they will rent you. That will run you another $10. Bag check is available, too.

Speed skates allowed.

While Central Park wins for Best Value, the other two options also have some great experiences to be noted.
Breakfast with Santa,” at The Rink gets you a view of the famous bronze statue of the Greek Titan Prometheus where you will sit for a full breakfast. It also includes entry and admission to the skating rink, and a photo op with good ole Saint Nick! 

For those of you that have found it hard to let go of that college ID, you’re in luck! The Rink at Bryant Park hosts a series of College Night experiences where that ID can get you a bunch of perks. Check out their programming here for more details. Don’t forget that we are a just few blocks away from Bryant Park offering great Happy Hour deal and a beautiful setting to unwind with some cocktails, after skating. Coat check is FREE during Happy Hour. 

So, there you have it. Now you too know and can tell your visiting cousins Where To Ice Skate in NYC, this Holiday Season! And if after nightfall you’d like to pursue your icy endeavors with some ice in a glass, come up to Sky Room to try a specialty cocktail or two. 

Happy Holidays! 

Where To Ice Skate in NYC

Ideas for Your Corporate Holiday Party Guide This Season

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Sky Room’s holiday party ideas guide for 2017 for your next Holiday Party or Corporate Party


As the holidays creep up on us, finalizing the details for your company’s Holiday Party can be another full time job in itself. Hopefully, our holiday party ideas for your Corporate & Holiday party, and this short guide, will help make it a little easier for you to provide a great time for you and your team!

The Place:

First and foremost, you must find the ideal venue.

With our state of the art rooftop heating system, Sky Room is one of the few NYC rooftops that can host parties all-year around. Boasting three (3) magnificent spaces that can hold their own individual private parties or be combined as one giant space, Sky Room allows the flexibility of working with any budget you provide.

Our event coordinators will customize packages based on your needs and wants to make sure that your Corporate Holiday party is a hit! 

The Details:

Your Corporate Holiday Party won’t be complete without some fun details.

From photobooths to interactive cocktail stations and cigar rollers, our rolodex of vendors is the absolute finest. Our event coordinators will provide you with great holiday party ideas for these tiny memorable details as well as some fun themes that we have successfully executed on past events. Casino Nights, Great Gatsby themes, Mysterious Masquerades and more.

Sky Room event coordinators will help plan out and execute every detail to the tee. 

The Bites:

GOOD food is a MUST; something you can walk with. It can be a semi-professional environment, so getting your outfit or hands messy is a no go.” — Marisa C. Walsh, Broadstreet

Professional event planners love us at Sky Room because our in house chef and kitchen staff always get it right.

No want is too big for us as we always come up with the perfect Holiday/Corporate menu to feed all those hard-working staff, team members, employees and clients. From passed hors d’ oeuvres to chocolate fondue fountains, no holiday party ideas are too extravagant or too out of reach here.

The Dates:

Finding the right date for your Holiday affair is another strenuous and stressful process, but our spectacular event coordinators will make it the easiest part of the process.

Contact us today to book your event with us now! There are just a few dates remaining during the peak Corporate Holiday Party Season. 

Insider Tip:

As New York remains a highly tourist-driven city, we understand that the Holidays might be too busy for your company’s party to take place.

Our event coordinators are fully equipped to provide you with as many options during the Holiday season as possible, but don’t completely disregard the latest trend of possibly hosting your event a little bit before or a little bit after the holidays. 

With plenty of advantages to hosting your company holiday party just outside of the holiday season, including deeply discounted rates, our event coordinators will provide you with all the information to make finding the right day for your event a cinch. 

Holiday party ideas by NYC rooftop Sky Room

Halloween in NYC guide highlighting the spookiest fall events

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Halloween in NYC guideIt’s the spookiest time of the year—Halloween! So this is a Halloween in NYC guide because New York has no shortage of things to do with your costumes, like spooky street fairs, scary haunted houses to explore and the sexiest Halloween party in town. Whether you like running around NYC doing every single one of the best things to do in this fall or you would rather just come up and have a Halloween themed party night, we’ve got you covered. Here’s your complete guide to celebrating the Halloween holiday in NYC!

Here is YOUR list of Top 5 Things To Do — Our Halloween in NYC guide

1.) Classic NYC Halloween Parade6th Avenue from Spring St. (SoHo) to 16th St.

Our friends over at Curbed have a great guide to the 44th Annual Halloween Parade in NYC. Whether you’re visiting us from out of town or you are a New Yorker that has never been to the Halloween Parade, the Halloween Parade is something everyone should experience at least once in their life, if not  even walk in it. Join the crowds and wave to the hundreds of thousands of onlookers as you walk up Sixth Avenue. 

2.) Haunted Houses.
 Multiple Locations
Cost: $-$$$

Time Out has compiled a great list of New York’s scariest haunted houses you won’t want to miss! Head over to Time Out for more detailed descriptions of them, but here’s the short list with addresses and information:

  • Blood Manor163 Varick St, New York, NY 10013
    Cost: $35-$45 Buy Tickets Here.
  • This Is Real153 Coffey St, Brooklyn, NY 11231 
    Cost: $95-$110 Buy Tickets Here.
  • Gravesend Inn Haunted Hotel186 Jay St, Brooklyn,  NY 11201
    Cost: $10 Get Tickets Here.
  • I Survived the Room: Toxico Sanatorium4711 Van Dam St, Queens,  NY 11101
    Cost: $25-$35 Get Tickets Here.

3.) Ghost Tour. Central Park
Cost: $35 Buy Tickets Here.

Become a Ghost Hunter with the Ghost Doctors as they show you how to use real ghost-hunting equipment on this spooky two hour Ghost Tour in Central Park! Costumes not needed for this one, but if you do want one then keep reading our Halloween in NYC guide to find out where to go to get yours!

4.) Sky Room. 330 West 40th St between 8th & 9th Avenues, New York, NY 10018
Cost: $20

Join us for one of our 2 official Halloween Parties: Friday, October 27th, 2017 @ 10pm. Cover charge $20 & Saturday, October 28th, 2017 @ 10pm, Buy Tickets Here.

What’s better than sipping cocktails from high above Manhattan while exploring views of Times Square, Hell’s Kitchen, The Garment District and Midtown, while in costume??? We didn’t think so, either!

Sky Room hosts a series of weekly parties that cater to Native New Yorkers, Manhattan locals and tourists seeking a real New York City experience. With none of the pretentiousness of those downtown hype holes, Sky Room provides a stress-free experience to anyone seeking a really fun & spooky time! 

5.) Costume ShopsMultiple Locations
Cost: $-$$$$

  • The Village Party Store – Located just a few blocks from Washington Square Park, The Village Party Store offers one of the city’s largest costume inventories.
  • Halloween Adventure – This New York staple has been in the Halloween business since 1981, carrying everything from your standard superhero costumes to creepy victorian garb.
  • Abracadabra Super Store – This store specializes in unique costuming. Stop by Abracadabra to find an extra special getup this holiday.
  • Gothic Renaissance – This East Village spot has been in operation for decades, stocking only the raddest of alternative clothing and costumes for its customers.
  • Screaming Mimi’s – If you can’t tell by the name alone, Screaming Mimi’s is perhaps one of the most interesting costume and vintage shops in the city. Though a costume from Mimi’s might cost you a pretty penny, the extra cost is totally worth it, trust us.

We hope our Halloween in NYC guide gave you enough information to make a wise decision on where to spend your time this Halloween season! 

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5 Best Ways To Enjoy An NYC Indian Summer On Manhattan’s Scenic West Side

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As Autumn kicks in, we’ve listed the 5 best ways to enjoy an Indian Summer on New York City’s gorgeously picturesque West Side.

Here is YOUR list of Top 5 Things To Do During An Indian Summer in New York City

1.) Circle Line Sightseeing CruisesPier 83, West 42nd St, New York, NY 10036
Cost: $29-$67, Ticket 

True New Yorkers know that the best views of Manhattan Skylines are not on the actual island of Manhattan itself but on some of the outer boroughs, and even in an entirely different state. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises lets you get those views without having to leave the city at all. 

Located on the far West End of the city, right on 42nd Street, you can check out the “Best of NYC Cruise,” or the “Landmarks + Brooklyn Cruise.” “Circle Line is the only sightseeing cruise in New York City to completely circumnavigate the island of Manhattan, with all the stunning views, insightful narrative and unforgettable experiences you want from a tour of New York City.

2.) Outdoor Cafes.
 Multiple Locations
Cost: $$

For all you landlubbers out there not ready to risk getting seasick, the West Side of Manhattan boasts some of the most amazing outdoor cafes on the Hudson River, itself. From the Boat Basin Cafe and its hidden street entrance, to an actual lightship itself with The Frying Pan and the neatly tucked in Pier i, Manhattan’s West Side is loaded with hidden gems that will make you feel as if you’re spending an Indian Summer day, far, far away from the hustle and bustle of the busy Big Apple. 

  • Boat Basin Cafe. W 79th St, New York, NY 10024
    Cost: $$
  • Pier i500 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023 (park entrance at W 68th Street & Riverside Blvd)
    Cost: $$
  • The Frying Pan207 12th Avenue, Big Red Boat in Park, New York, NY 10001
    Cost: $$

3.) Central Park Foliage. Central Park
Cost: FREE

Take a lover’s stroll around one of New York City’s most impressive parks and make sure you are selfie and photoshoot ready! The Fall Foliage is incredible here, so be sure to bring that professional camera you packed, but barely use for this one. 

Central Park hosts so many amazing gems and treasures that you could spend a week in there discovering everything it has to offer. Beautiful places to picnic like The Great Lawn, awesome children’s playgrounds full of fun slide and sandboxes, skating rinks, pools and even a zoo. Central Park is definitely a feat to see. 

4.) Sky Room. 330 West 40th St between 8th & 9th Avenues, New York, NY 10018
Cost: The Price of a Happy Hour Drink! Sky Room hosts a Happy Hour every Thursday & Friday night from 5pm-7pm. Well Drinks are $7, Beers are $5, Wines by the glass are $7.

What’s better than sipping cocktails from high above Manhattan while exploring views of Times Square, Hell’s Kitchen, The Garment District and Midtown? We didn’t think so, either.

Sky Room hosts a series of weekly parties that cater to Native New Yorkers, Manhattan locals and tourists seeking a real New York City experience. With none of the pretentiousness of those downtown hype holes, Sky Room provides a stress-free experience to anyone seeking a really fun time! 

5.) The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Pier 86, West 46th St & 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Cost: FREE – $33

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum finalizes our amazing list of ways to enjoy your Indian Summer on Manhattan’s West Side, while visiting or just exploring New York City.

Whether you’re working the Jobs on Deck tour and feeling like an actual crewmember or you’re slumber-partying the night away with your sleeping bag in tow at its Drone exhibit, The Intrepid has something for anyone at any age. 

Moral of the story? To Quote Tupac: West Side is The Best Side! West Side of Manhattan, that is! 

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5 Best New York Fashion Week Must Do’s

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Once upon a time, Press Week of New York was consolidated into a cluster of white tents in Bryant Park and branded with the trademark: “7th on Sixth.” Some years later “7th on Sixth” came to be recognized and known as none other than: New York Fashion Week. [September 7th-14th, 2017]

Today, New York Fashion Week is once again a series of citywide events showcasing the fashion world’s elite designers. Equipped with supermodels, clients and fans from all over the globe, it is said to have an economic impact to NYC at an estimated value of $887 million dollars.

#NYFW has become the place for fashion icons, fashionistas and fashion fans to be, be seen and experience what the fashion elite already know about NYC. 

We’ve put together a shortlist of MUST DO‘s around the city that fashion fans like YOU should check!

Best Restaurant To Catch A Glimpse of Fashion Icons & Supermodels At During #NYFW:
Sugarfish” at 33 East 20th Street between Park Ave South and Broadway. 
L.A. favorite Sugarfish recently made the move east and has quickly become the fan favorite of all celebrities alike. Be sure to try their Blue Crab Hand Roll because it rocks!

Best Restaurant To Hit Up Between Shows During New York Fashion Week :
Añejo Tribecaat 301 Church Street on the corner of Walker Street. 
Grab a delicious Mezcal Margarita and some unforgettable Pork Belly Tostadas with that short amount of time you have left in between shows. Añejo Tribeca is also notorious for its amazing brunch on the weekends. Because it’s super close to the only official venue of NYFW this year (Skylight Clarkson Square) it’s worth visiting for a fast bite or drink. 

Best Place To Grab A Cocktail & A Runway Show During New York Fashion Week:
Sky Roomat 330 West 40th Street between 8th and 9th Aves. 
Sky Room boasts the longest-running fashion runway series in NYC. The best local, native and international upcoming designers in the world are showcased here. Sky Room has two NYFW parties with runway shows scheduled for the Opening (September 7th, 2017) and the closing (September 14th, 2017) dates of NYFW. It’s the easiest place to catch all of this year’s Fashion Week swag and be seen with your own!

Best Neighborhood To Hang Out In For Style Inspiration During New York Fashion Week

“In NYC you can find lots of inspiration on the streets during any time of the year, not just during fashion weeks. Neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Tribeca, Soho and the East Village are the place to be.
-Eva Al Desnudo, @eva.al.desnudo

Best Place To Shop To Improve Your New York Fashion Week Style: 
“Dover Street Market” at 160 Lexington Ave between 30th Street and 31st Street in Murray Hill. 
Grab your Black Card and shop for that last minute outfit you might need for the after party! 

5 Best Views in Manhattan

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Best views of NYC in Manhattan!
What are the best views of NYC? We’ve narrowed it down to the Top 8 in all of New York!

Highest View: “One World Observatory.
Cost: $34-$67, Entry Fee.
Address: 285 Fulton Street.

Best 360 Views of NYC: “Empire State Building.”
Cost: $34-$175, Entry Fee. 
Address: 350 Fifth Ave between 34th street & 33rd Street.

Best View of Central Park: “Top Of The Rock Observatory.”
Cost: $28-$65, Entry Fee.
Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Best Views of Midtown West:Sky Room at The Fairfield Inn.”
Cost: The Price of a Happy Hour Drink!  Sky Room hosts a Happy Hour every Thursday & Friday night from 5pm-7pm. Well Drinks are $7, Beers are $5, Wines by the glass are $7.
Address: 330 W 40th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Best View of the East Side NYC Skyline: “The Ides Bar.
Cost: The price of a cocktail ($16) or beer ($11). Be advised there is a $10 cover on some nights.
Address: 80 Wythe Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Moral of the story? Views, affordable cocktails and good times await you at Sky Room NYC!

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The 8 Best Cocktails in Midtown West

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NYC cocktails in Midtown West

Best cocktails in Midtown West!

Where exactly are the best cocktails in Midtown West?  We’ve narrowed it down to the Top 8 in the Hell’s Kitchen, Garment District, Fashion Districts and Times Square areas. 

Best Bourbon Cocktail: “Ginger Rogers” at Dutch Fred’s $14 made with: Elijah Craig Bourbon, Ginger, Velvet Falernum lime, Grains of Paradise. 307 West 47th Street off of 8th Ave heading towards 9th Ave.

Best Gin Cocktail: “Starving Artist” at Reunion Surf Bar $12 made with: Dorothy Parker Gin, Lemon Juice, Bitters, Maraschino Liqueur, Agave. 357 West 44th Street off of 9th Ave heading towards 8th Ave.

Best Rum Cocktail: “Galant Fox” at Rum House $15 made with: Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, Ramazotti Amaro, Punt E Mes, Ancho Reyes. 228 West 47th Street between 7th & 8th Aves, in the Hotel Edison.

Best Tequila Cocktail: “El Padrino” at Añejo $16 made with: El Jimador Añejo, Woodford Reserve, Orange, House Grenadine, egg white. 688 10th Ave @ 47th Street.

Best Vodka Cocktail: “Hemingway In Stockholm” at Sky Room $16 made with Absolut Lime, Maraschino Liqueur, Simple Syrup, Sour Mix, Pink Grapefruit Juice. 330 West 40th Street between 8th & 9th Aves.

Best Cocktail for Two: “The Tombs” at Tanner Smith’s $20 made with: Gobernador Pisco, Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum, Goslings Overproof Rum, Batavia Arrack, pineapple, lemon, clove, coriander, cinnamon, sencha green tea, & milk. 204 West 55th Street between 7th Ave & 8th Ave closer to 7th Ave.

Best Mojito: Sky Room again, for the Bayajito and a $7 Mojito Special every Thursday from 5pm-10pm, it’s only right we took two spots in the Top 8 Cocktails in Midtown West. 330 West 40th Street between 8th & 9th Aves.

Moral of the story? Find everything you need with Sky Room NYC. We’ve got you covered for everything Midtown West in NYC. Come back and check the blog next time for some more valuable information about our neighbors and the surrounding areas. 

Sky Room NYC’s Top 8 Things To Do In The Garment District

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Fashion District NYC aka Garment District


Best Chinese: Ginger’s. A Fashion & Garment industry insiders haven, they flood here to have their meetings, all the time. #1 because it’s cheap, #2 because it’s pretty good food and #3 because of their infamously low prices for drinks. All drinks are $4.50 from 4pm-8pm every day. 7th Ave, aka Fashion Ave, between 37th & 38th Streets.

Best Rooftop Bar & Lounge: Most Noteworthy? Us of course! Tucked at the border of the Garment District, Times Square and Hell’s Kitchen is NYC’s Coolest Rooftop. A favorite of local New Yorkers free from the hustle and bustle of Times Square, grab a $7 cocktail during Happy Hour or $5 beers Thursdays and Fridays from 5pm-7pm. Want to party late-night with the real New Yorkers? Come on in Thursday-Saturday after 10pm and see how we get down! $20 cover or ask your concierge for VIP Passes. 40th Street between 8th Ave & 9th Ave.

Best Burger: Counter Burger. Step into The Counter ® and you’re greeted with a clipboard and an extensive list of mouth-watering ingredients that allow you to build your own burger ™ . Burger options: Beef, Chicken, Turkey and Veggie. Three patty sizes. Ten cheeses. Twenty-seven toppings. Seventeen unique sauces and three buns. The Counter ® burgers are as unique as each individual customer. Rarely is the same burger made twice in one day. 7 Times Square on Broadway between 41st Street & 42nd Street, closer to 41st Street.

Best Mexican: Mexicue. With their bold mash-up of Mexican food and American BBQ, Mexicue developed a wholly unique cuisine that not only tastes delicious but is healthy. Made from great quality fresh ingredients all the dishes are cooked from scratch.As with the food, Mexicue takes their cocktail game very seriously. To perfectly complement the fresh, bold food, the bar program celebrates Bourbon, Tequila and Mezcal. Crafting specialty cocktails with the finest care, Mexicue makes everything from scratch using great ingredients – fresh squeezed citrus, homemade simple syrups and, of course, the famous cinnamon & chili-infused tequila (eff Fireball!). The bar also offers a wide selection of craft beers and wines.  1440 Broadway on 40th street between Broadway and 6th Ave.

Best Sports Bar: Beer Authority. Up the block from us it is voted as one of the Top 10 Beer Gardens in NYC. 40th Street off of 8th Ave heading West towards 9th Ave.

Best tourist attractionNeedle threading a button sculpture by the Information Booth on the Northwest corner of 39th Street & 7th Ave aka Fashion Ave.

Best Movie Theater: Bryant Park. On “Summer Mondays” the lovely lawn opens at 5PM and films start rolling 30 minutes after sunset. The festival runs from June 20 through August 22 so check it while it lasts. A listing of films is available here: http://www.hbo.com/hbobryantparkfilmfestival/ 6th Ave between 40th and 42nd Streets. And finally:

Best Pizza After A Wild Evening At Sky Room2 Bros Pizza. For $2.75 New Yorkers on-the-go get 2 slices and a  can of soda! Beat that Chicago! Southwest Corner of 38th Street & 8th Ave.