When the sun shines and there are clear skies in New York, most locals head for the nearest rooftop. In Manhattan, there are several obstacles to finding the perfect rooftop – large crowds, expensive drinks and limited menus, to name a few. But in a gritty stretch along the water in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, Alma offers skyline views and an incredible food and drinks menu.
Just a quick metro ride from downtown Manhattan, Alma offers all the requisite Mexican dishes – guacamole, queso, tacos, fajitas. But the real draw is the outdoor roof deck, which is open all summer (weather-permitting in the winter).
My favorite time to visit is in the evening, just as the sun is setting and the skyline starts to light up. Although the spot draws a crowd, I love it because it never feels as claustrophobic as the rooftops across the river in Manhattan – although I’m sure that feeling is partially due to the premium margaritas, partially due to the pan roasted pork tenderloin (cashew cilantro pesto, grilled asparagus, peach salsa) and partially due to the color of the sky as the sun disappears behind Manhattan.