By: Arli Lima
The 13th Floor (1 East Chase Street) at the Belvedere in Mount Vernon is not the 13th floor you remember. Gone are the nights of dancing on the red carpet and listening to live reggae with dozens of other people packed into a tiny rooftop space. The historic restaurant has been closed for renovations since April 2012, the BRG (Belvedere Restaurant Group worked around the clock to renovate the space and make it a more appealing restaurant/lounge rather than the former nightclub that occupied the space for many years
The restaurant still offers breathtaking views of the city with the large picturesque windows surrounding the space. A large piano sits in the rear of the restaurant, played by a very friendly man who is eager to take requests and advises he has been a part of the restaurant since 1984. The décor has been replaced with the clean color scheme of black and white, with accent colors of fuschia. The exposed ceiling and steel columns give the lounge a renaissance, old-world feel as the bartender explained is “a throwback to the 20’s and 30’s.”
Also a throwback, are the cocktails on the drink menu with names like “The Fitzgerald” and “Hemingway Daiquiri”. The new menu features 13 cocktails and 13 tapas sized plates; this of course is a clever nod to the obvious “13” in 13th Floor. The food menu features dishes such as Ahi Tuna Tacos and Crab Stuffed Squash Blossoms. A signature cocktail will cost you $10-$12 and the food is $10.00-$16.00. There is also an extensive wine collection and beers available, the restaurant will serve entrees also in the near future.
The restaurant will host live Jazz on Thursday-Saturday nights, and they have installed a large projection screen television for Sunday football and brunch.
The new 13th floor has been revamped and remodeled with a new sophisticated feel. Dress Code is strongly enforced as patrons should not wear jeans, sneakers, sweats, or t-shirts of any kind.
Happy Hour is from 5-7pm Wednesday – Friday and the restaurant is open Wednesday- Sunday.