MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS — University student favorite Heights Bar & Grill officially reopened Monday after a fire at a next-door Citibank forced them to close for more than three months.
The second-story bar on Broadway between West 111th and 112th streets, known for its rooftop deck and plentiful drink specials, has been closed for repairs since a massive fire ripped through the Citibank next door on Jan. 11 and took over 30 hours to bring under control, according to the bar's general manager Raoul Quines.
The fire left flooding and smoke damage, he said. Now, the bar is revealing an airier space and a more upscale menu, said Quines.
By adding four feet of height through exposing the ceiling beams, the bar should feel more open, he said. New industrial chic lighting fixtures complete the "modern" look, he added.
A revamped menu with items including a new kale salad, a beet salad, a farm salad chock full of vegetables and a homemade vegan burger also make for a more "refined" dining experience, said Quines.
The bar is "more food focused," he said, adding that they'll be adding more bottles to the wine list in the coming weeks as well.