Escape to a Sandbar or Ski Cabin Right Here in the City

Images: Sandbar Rooftop, Bronx Public

We don’t have to wait until Punxsutawney Phil glimpses his shadow two months from now to tell you that winter doesn’t end until March 20. If you’re looking for an escape in the interim, two possibilities beckon. And both are no further away than a subway ride.

Sandbar Rooftop

Tropical drinks, lounge chairs, and lifeguard stands await you at Sandbar Rooftop, on the 23rd floor of the Hilton Fashion District in Chelsea, where you will also be treated to up-close skyline views of Manhattan. (Pretend that the lights at night are stars twinkling over your private beach.) Food offerings include pinsa-style pizzas boasting crunchy crusts and soft, yielding interiors. Order the “s’mores board for two,” and receive the requisite marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers, and even your own mini bonfire. For information on reservations and prices, email or phone 212-434-0445.

The Ski Cabins @ The Bronx Public

Gather up between 4 and 10 of your closest friends for a ski vacation that includes everything but the snowy slopes. The Bronx Public Bar & Kitchen has converted three cabins on 231st Street into The Ski Cabins @ The Bronx Public where you’ll find warm fuzzy blankets and an après-ski atmosphere. The cabin menu, which is an abbreviated version of the restaurant’s regular menu, features warm-serve cocktails such as a hot toddy (Jack Daniels Honey, cinnamon syrup) and “Mom’s hot chocolate” (Bailey’s vodka, hot chocolate, whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, and marshmallows). Food is casual. Think homemade biscuits, wings, and mac and cheese. A $25 fee is required to reserve a cabin for two hours.