The Breslin at The Ace Hotel NY Gets a Michelin Star
Like any proper New York blogger, we spent some time this past weekend hanging out in the lobby of the Ace Hotel. It's funny to think that, when we first slept here back in March of 2009, we had the lobby all to ourselves, and none of the hotel's trendy restaurants or shops had even opened. It's a completely different story in terms of popularity now, as guests of the hotel almost have to wait in line for a lobby seat and there's the choice of a coffeeshop, a restaurant, a club and two shops for entertainment.
The big news on the Ace's block this month is that its restaurant, The Breslin, which will be open only a year next month, has received a coveted Michelin star. Other hotel restaurants that kept their previously awarded stars in the 2011 Michelin Guide are: Jean Georges at The Trump International (3*), Gordon Ramsay at The London (2*), Gilt at The Palace (2*), L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon at the Four Seasons (1*) and Adour at The St. Regis (1*). The Breslin is the only new addition.
This is huge news for The Breslin, and already they are touting the star in Craigslist ads seeking cooks. Restauranteur Ken Friedman and Chef April Bloomfield are the ones to hold responsible for the success of the restaurant, and at a talk on Saturday night at The New York Times, we heard Friedman confirm that The Breslin still does not take reservations, unless you are a guest of the hotel. And Friedman isn't content with The Breslin at The Ace; he's putting a second restaurant, a reprise of The John Dory, into the hotel and soon. More on that tomorrow!