New Downtown Rooftop Bar Brings the Spirit of Cuba to NYC Summer Nights

New York (June 2015) – A bar inspired by Cuban cantinas, AZUL opens on the roof of Hotel
Hugo in trendy Hudson Square, Manhattan this June. Hospitality design firm, Stonehill & Taylor
created the space, in collaboration with Sean Largotta, owner of Bar Hugo and NYC restaurants
Crown, Lion, Bill’s Food & Drink, and Il Principe at Hotel Hugo.
AZUL offers a relaxed setting with 360-degree views of Manhattan and the Hudson River—all
the way out to Statue of Liberty. The rooftop is surrounded by lush plantlife and a wraparound
glass railing that allows views to be enjoyed from anywhere in the bar. Guests can take in the
view while lounging or perching at intimate standing cocktail counters.
The relaxed design is meant to evoke a street-side hotspot in Little Havana, with vintage ads,
posters for live acts from 1950s, street art, and spray painted graphics. The natural tones are
accented by a bright petroleum blue wall and colorful hoop lounge chairs. Nearby, a
communal wood table made of reclaimed wood—with yellow and orange salvaged chairs
around it, concrete low tables and hanging festoon lights add to the bar’s street-side feel.
AZUL will serve light bites – a selection of tacos and bocaditos – made with quality organic and
fresh ingredients. The bar partnered with Brooklyn’s Kelvin Slush and will be one of the first
establishments to have Kelvin’s natural slushy machine to create Caribbean-inspired cocktails
made with organic slushy.
Open 5pm-1am, Monday – Friday and 1pm-1am, Saturday – Sunday,
Hotel Hugo 525 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

About Stonehill & Taylor
Stonehill & Taylor is an architecture and interior design firm based in New York City. The firm
uses a collaborative approach to produce unique design stories. Its successful projects range
from interiors, new building construction, renovations and historic preservation including: The
Ace Hotel, Novotel Times Square, Refinery Hotel, The Paramount Hotel’s Diamond Horseshoe
and The Press Hotel in Portland, ME. Stonehill & Taylor is at the forefront of sustainable design,
developing projects that are conscious of their impact on local communities and the world. The
firm designed the first LEED Gold hotel in New York, The Crosby Street Hotel, another with
The NoMad and was responsible for the most recent renovation of Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
using locally-made goods. For more information, visit:
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Leslie Knobloch
About Crown Group
Crown Group is a Manhattan-based restaurant management firm forged in 2009 and founded
by Sean Largotta. Crown Group creates, curates, owns, and operates renowned eateries
across New York City. By reimagining historical venues for the twenty-first century and
providing unique culinary experiences to their patrons, the Crown family of restaurants, The
Lion, Crown, Bills, Windsor, Il Principe & Bar Hugo @ Hotel Hugo offers a variety of fare and
atmosphere, united by an overarching dedication to refined dining. For more information, visit: