A First Look at Highbar, Midtown's Newest Rooftop

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Let's get high.Photo: Melissa Hom

Feast your eyes on Highbar when it opens, during the third week of May, itll be competing with recently opened Pooldeck for the citys rooftop revelers. As youve known since last year, this is the new one from Greg Brier of Aspen, DOr, and Amalia. The food program has been scaled down since Ivy Stark was slated to barbecue now youll find whats being described as simply backyard-grill food such as hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as crudits and the emphasis is on drinks such as the Wicket, a simple mix of gin and cucumber pure. A floor below the rooftop that you see here (that bizarre orb is a UFO chair designed by Asobi ICrave did the rest of the place), there will be a loftlike room with floor-to-ceiling windows and banquettes and another full bar. One thing: Theres no pool. But whos to say you cant BYO inflatable one?

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Photo: Melissa Hom

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Photo: Melissa Hom

Highbar, 251 W. 48th St., nr. Eighth Avenue (212-956-1300)

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