Head to the middle of Times Square, walk 100 paces south, and that’s about where you’ll find Elsie Rooftop. It’s on the 25th floor of a nondescript office building, and if you ever need a break from all the tourists on the street, it’s a great place to grab a drink. The little indoor space looks kind of like 1920s cocktail bar where you’d find a bunch of people in formalwear drinking champagne, and there’s a big wraparound terrace with couches and shrubbery. Bring a few of your coworkers after you leave work in a nearby building, and try to find a way to charge your drinks to your company.
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