July 3, By Jason Cohen
A Long Island City hotel has opened a new 10-story tower that features an outdoor beer garden.
The Ravel Hotel unveiled ‘The Estate Tower, located next to its current location at 8-08 Queens Plaza South, on June 14. The tower doubles the number of rooms the hotel now offers, while adding a beer garden/restaurant called The Estate Garden Grill adjacent to a new outdoor pool area.
The outdoor beer garden/restaurant, the hotel’s second al fresco restaurant with views of the Queensboro Bridge, is located on the third floor and features tables and chairs set atop an Astroturf patio. The kitchen is being run by Seth Levine, who is also the head chef at Hotel Chantelle on the Lower East Side, with a menu offering grilled meats and seafood, as well as sushi, crudo and oysters. There are 15 types of beer on tap as well as cocktails, wine and rosé.
The hotel’s other restaurant is Penthouse808 on the rooftop of its original building.
The new outdoor pool area is located next to the restaurant. The pools are surrounded by a deck and Bali-inspired daybeds and cabanas. Visitors can gain access to pool by purchasing a day pass starting at $50.
Lastly, the new tower includes a 17,000 sq. foot ballroom on the first floor that can be used for events and weddings.
The space can seat up to 400 people and features an on-site catering kitchen with kosher capabilities, outdoor patio and retractable walls to transform the space for smaller events and conferences.
The ballroom can be combined with additional tower venues to accommodate events of any size, totaling to 52,000 sq. feet.