The Breslin in a Battle Over Booze; Now Opening Tomorrow
Meat lovers, rejoice! The Breslin, the long-awaited restaurant inside the Ace Hotel New York, finally opens this week. It was meant to be Tuesday, and then today, but an Ace clerk told us this morning that the opening was postponed until tomorrow. They’re just serving breakfast and lunch for the time being, but with all the hype surrounding the place, this should keep our traps shut and bellies full for a couple more weeks when they start doing dinner.
The Ken Friedman joint had a trial run recently, for “FergusStock” (a pig-eating fest led by British chef Fergus Henderson), and early reports were rapturous. New York magazine’s Grub Street blog said the space was similar to New York cult restaurant Freemans, “with just the right touches of modern sheen and ballroom grandiosity.” More importantly, the preview of the food was also met with applause. Dishes we can expect from April Bloomfield in the kitchen include a half-size pig’s head, a lamb burger with feta cheese, a beef burger with bacon and Cheddar, and (fingers crossed) a mac-and-cheese.
Not everyone is hungry for the Breslin to open, however. Following the FergusStock event, leaders from the mosque across the street called for a meeting with the hotel and asked that they move the bar, reports the New York Observer. They claimed it was too close to the mosque, given city law that forbids serving liquor within 200 feet of a place of worship. The Ace Hotel’s Andrew Zobler disputed this argument, but it was Ken Friedman’s response that we loved the most: "This is the United States of America and we’ll do whatever the f**k we want."
Right on. We can’t wait to eat pig and get plastered at The Breslin stat.