Feast your eyes on Highbar — when it opens, during the third week of May, it’ll be competing with recently opened Pooldeck for the city’s rooftop revelers. As you’ve known since last year, this is the new one from Greg Brier of Aspen, D’Or, and Amalia. The food program has been scaled down since Ivy Stark was slated to barbecue — now you’ll find what’s being described as simply backyard-grill food such as hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as crudités — and the emphasis is on drinks such as the Wicket, a simple mix of gin and cucumber purée. 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: There’s no pool. But who’s to say you can’t BYO inflatable one?
Highbar, 251 W. 48th St., nr. Eighth Avenue (212-956-1300)