When you think of New York summers, you think of rooftops. It’s just that simple. The Bitches were thrilled to find out that rooftop nightlife hotspot, Magic Hour, was finally launching brunch after teasing us since they first opened months ago. We knew this one would be over the top, outlandish, and of course boozy.
My beau and I headed up to the Moxy rooftop near Times Square by way of a rainbow lit entry and fun house mirror hall. This amusement park themed restaurant and bar comes jam packed with themed decor, a gigantic carousel table, and even its own cheeky miniature golf course. We knew we were in for a fun brunch and the sun shining sky behind the Empire State Building view was welcoming us.
The cocktail list at Magic Hour is extensive. They offer a build your own Bloody Mary option, group cocktails large enough to serve 15, and a few other brunchy libations. My sweetie went for the Arnold’s Fore-Play, a frozen and spiked version of the classic Arnold Palmer. His drink was just enough sweet and just enough sour. It was refreshing especially on the sun ridden rooftop. I went with the more ridiculous Party Pouch. This was basically an adult version of a Capri Sun pouch with a gigantic neon bendy straw coming out the top. Tim thought the drink was too sweet but I loved that the alcohol taste was masked by grapefruit, yuzu, and pomegranate.
I’m a sucker for watermelon, so I insisted we start with the watermelon and feta salad. This salad was nostalgic as my mom makes a skewered version of the app complete with basil, mint, and balsamic drizzle. It may have been the hot temperatures, but the watermelon was a little less crisp than I’d prefer, but the flavors were great.
We couldn’t stop at just one starter because they all sounded so good, so we also ended up with the blue crab toast. This was definitely the best thing we had all brunch. The blue crab was mild and tasty and sat atop a crispy piece of sliced toast. The lemon aioli and pickled fennel were perfect complements without overpowering the dish. This is a must order at Magic Hour brunch.
If there’s a lobster roll on the menu, my boyfriend is ordering it; it’s that simple. He said he felt surprisingly full with just one, which kind of had me concerned that he usually eats more than one in one sitting but what can you do. He loved the taste of the dijonaise and liked the fact that the bread was actually more of a buttery croissant than a traditional roll. The fries were really tasty and perfectly salted without being overwhelming. I had my fair share.
Trying to go for the lighter side of this menu, I ordered the poached eggs entree. Two perfectly poached eggs sat on a healthy dose of quinoa, chickpeas, kale, and avocado. If I were to make myself an ideal breakfast at home this would be it. Needless to say I was more than satisfied.
Even after our meal we hung out for a while at Magic Hour. The DJ was playing great music, and we loved the overall vibe of the lively rooftop.
The Bitches say: A. Magic Hour is the perfect place to bring a friend from out of town or celebrate a special occasion over brunch. Everything is over the top, the views are insane, and we wouldn’t have it any other way in NYC.
Magic Hour Rooftop
485 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Magic Hour serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.