The Ace Hotel's Lobby Bar Has Good Snacks, But We Still Got Too Drunk
We continued our tour of New York hotels this week, by stopping into the Ace Hotel New York last night for a few drinks. Getting to the Ace is incredibly easy from Penn Station just a few blocks of walking but the neighborhood is a bit seedy. Put it this way: The Ace Hotel is the only building on the block that we would want to enter.
The restaurant is not opening until sometime in August and the Project 8 retail store is still hidden under brown paper wrapping, but the hotel's Breslin Lobby Bar is fully operational and serving drinks out of plastic cups. For real. The lobby bar and hangout area is, as JetSetCD said, very dark, and flash is necessary for any picture-taking. The space also has crazy high ceilings and we found ourselves looking up way too much. Perhaps we were just distracted by the giant "A" that looms over the room.
A long study table divides the lobby and gives off a very collegiate feel, which is helped along by the plaid armchairs and the leather loveseats. But just when you think this place might be too With Honors for you, there's a wall near the staircase that's plastered in graffiti prints. The Ace is still the hipster's hotel after all.
The drink menu is pretty extensive but the bar only has limited snack options. This caused some panic since we were drinking on an empty stomach, but instead we gobbled up the salt and vinegar crisps and the caramel popcorn (both $4). They were surprisingly yummy even though it wasn't enough to prevent us from getting rip-roaring drunk later. Oh well, just another day in our life.
We didn't spend the night at the Ace this time around but we definitely dug this new hotel bar experience a cool space with no-frills, no lines and no silly techno music. In fact, the Ace was playing some of our favorite jams from the mid-90s. That's the surest way to win our hearts.