Rooftop 120 is a magical place. It feels like a slice of somewhere much further south, where tropical cocktails flow freely, people dine out doors, and the food is infused with Caribbean flavors. I had the pleasure of being invited in, not once, but twice! (blessed) in the past couple weeks.
Visit the first: a Martini Lab with the always entertaining Tyler Devecchis and Top Liquor Queen, Nadine Gengras:
Pssst. there is another one coming up on April 6th! Call the number above to reserve seats and do so quickly – it will most likely sell out quickly.
A big, friendly crowd gathered for this pink themed event to mix cocktails and eat delicious food created by head chef Xavier Santiago
A big, rowdy crowd. Not saying this was Girls Night Out because there were plenty of men present, but I sat at a table of all women – none of whom I knew – and was very entertained by the group (I was the quiet one – that’s a rare thing indeed). Great night.
Pictured above: the starting cocktail Strawberry Martini with Ultimat Vodka
We mixed this ourselves (martini lab) I made a big mess. My glass was not full.
Looks easy right? Well, I’m a klutz.
Food pairing: strawberry and feta salad
Isn’t the color great? The green dressing offset the sweet strawberries quite nicely. Pink food and pink drink – quite clever.
Next up: a delicious, scratch margarita
Behold the flowing agave
This drink was great as we were able to control our level of tartness, and I went VERY tart, naturally
Yum. Patron Tequila, Agave, citrus. Simple perfection.
Knowing margaritas are simple to make at home, why don’t I do this more often? I should, particularly in the summer months. Top shelf tequila doesn’t take much to coax out the flavor. This paired quite nicely with course number two:
Chicken and risotto. Texture was great, breadcrumbs were great, sauce was creamy, chicken well executed. On point everything.
Last course, dessert: DONUTS
Teeny eeny bitty donuts with barely any calories. Or so I told myself! And strawberry milk.
I finished the donuts. I’m not proud, but I did. I passed on the last cocktail however – two full drinks is enough for me!
I enthused to Xavier about his food (particularly the risotto) so he invited me back to sample a couple of his other dishes that he is very proud of (thanks Xavier)
PLUS I got to hang with Tyler and drink a Pineapple Mojito (Cruzan White Rum/lime/mint/simple syrup/sour mix/soda/pineapple juice). Oh what a time to be alive.
Xavier made three dishes for me. One of them was kidnapped by my boyfriend (the salmon – I sampled it, before he ate it). The other two I polished off myself, in one evening, without any real plans on finishing them. They were just… so good you guys. The appetizer in particular. I will never return to Rooftop 120 without ordering it.
Appetizer: Loaded “Potato” (House Mad Gnocchi/Pickeled Onions/Pickled Jalapeno/Sour Cream/Bacon/Scallions/Vermont Cheddar Bechamel)
Squid Ink Spaghetti “Thai” style (Gulf jumpo shrimp/ confit tomato/shaved garlic/Thai bird chili/San Marzano Tomato sauce)
“Everything” Salmon (Butternut Ginger Puree/lemon creme fraiche/grilled scallions/picked red onions)
So there you have it. Now is the PERFECT time to visit Rooftop, as their patio space is one of the best around. Soak up the warm weather, have a cocktail, enjoy a little nosh. Highly recommended.