Recipes are written in a language all their own, leading amateur cooks to confuse a pinch for a dash or forget that the chef's word for "water" is "salt." Trust a native speaker with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a gourmet small-plates package for two (up to an $84 total value) from SkyB Lounge, located atop the Hotel Indigo. This package includes the following:
- Three gourmet small plates (up to an $18 value each)
- Two specialty cocktails or glasses of wine (up to a $15 value each)
SkyB Lounge's Executive Chef Massimo Pisati has cooked in Milan, Turkey, and Japan and weaves international influences into Milanese-style small plates that pair with premium drinks crafted by expert mixologists. Play tabletop foosball with the arancini di riso, mozzarella-filled risotto soccer balls topped by meat. Bruschetta burrata greets palates with a bed of toasted tuscan bread accompanied by cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and burrata, while the crispy calamari's rings and tentacles wrap around taste buds with spicy marinara. Dining duos gaze dreamily at each other over breaded green beans that wait their turn wading in ranch dipping sauce or toast anniversaries or successful wing transplants with premium cocktails such as a Grey Goose and tonic or a red or white pour from the extensive wine list.
SkyB's 23rd-floor space, designed by architect Federico Delrosso and featured in Interior Design magazine, invokes a Milanese terrace. Diners marvel at an unobstructed, panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline through tall windows while seated in Italian-designed, low-back, geometric seats and plush chaise longues. The piazza-like interior is heated in winter to keep loungers comfortable and discourage snowmen from overindulging.