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all photos: Stephanie Breijo

It has been well documented JUST HOW much BYT loves outdoor drinking (and eating-in fact, stay on the look-out for an expanded version of our famed OUTDOOR DRINKING guide VERY SOON-ed) so when we first heard that Masa 14 was FINALLY going to open their roof-top and unveil a new bar menu to go with it, we figured we’d stop by.

To hear Kaz Okochi (who, alongside Richard Sandoval is a partner in the restaurant) say it-this rooftop should have happened almost two years a go. But then they opened El Centro DF right next door, then El Centro got a rooftop and things went a little off schedule. Still-just in time for nice weather season of 2012, Masa 14 joins the rooftop game and joins it well.

The rooftop is spacious, private enough that you don’t feel like you’re in the middle of the (always potential) chaos of 14th street and the streamlined food and bar menu actually works really well and should be very popular with the crowds (the downstairs bar in the main-dining room has ALWAYS been the focal point anyway)

some of the cocktail stand outs include: the spicy cucumber margarita (both refreshing and with a kick, but not too MUCH of a kick-which is a common misstep in most of the jalapeno/tequila drinks in town), a freshly pureed strawberry lemonade and, one of our personal favorites: a Pimm’s cup themed white sangria.

The food service is operated separately from the busy downstairs kitchen and the menu still straddles the Latin/Asian line with sushis and ceviches (the Salmon Chirashi bowl is a delight) sharing the menu with japanese sausage flatbreads and a bound-to-be-very popular Bahn Mi, Bao Bun and Hot Dog Menu (with spicy El Tigre dog being a stand out with it’s potent mix of  chorizo/sriracha crema/potato sticks) + a few desserts to finish things off.

All we can say is-is it after work yet?