DBTH recently got a backstage tour of the Breslin, April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman's new gastropub project at the Ace Hotel. The place has been progressing quickly since the last tours went through the space, and they are committed to being ready for the upcoming FergusStock celebration on October 17. A few heady nuggets of intel: The wine list will feature 100 wines for under $100; SixPoint will be brewing a special Breslin Ale, and there will be multiple spaces used for aging meat! The kitchen for the hotel and event space is about to be up and running, and they expect to offer a full room service menu and lobby snacks (charcuterie, meat pies, cheeeeeese) by next week. We also got a sneak peak of the massive event space in the basement, which is progressing nicely. While not the Boom Boom or the Jane, the space can hold 200 people for an event, and has the capability of hosting anything from a fashion show to a concert. All in all, color us impressed and excited for opening night.
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Our good friends at Hotel Chatter invaded the Ace Hotel as paying guests to get the low down on the much hyped and much delayed space. How exciting! They loved the furniture, amenities, ambiance and low introductory prices (as did DBTH), but were a bit turned off by the location and dark rooms, but were generally in favor, saying "For $199, this cannot be beat. Granted, after soft opening they will raise rates to $349 and up (except for the bunk bed rooms), but getting in now means enjoying something so new and so unique, while fearing not for your wallet."
Have you ever wondered how all of these bars that open on a shoestring budget always seem to look so darn cool? Do you think to yourself, "gee, I want to open a bar but where would I get my cool decor?" Let us spray some wisdom on you. The secret to finding the amazing antiques and vintage wear at bargain basement prices is the Brimfield Antique show in Central/Western Massachusetts. The place is multiple football fields long, packed to the gills with New Englanders hawking all kinds of furniture and fixtures that would look great in an overpriced commercial space in Two Bridges or Bushwick. So rent some U-hauls, corral some buddies and bring a bunch of cash (we hear the Ace Hotel team gave a bunch of people $10,000 each when they went Brimfield hunting) and prepare for the shopping spree of a lifetime. The show runs from May 12 - 17, and don't think the rainy forecast will keep people away. Happy hunting!
Everyone and their mother will be converging upon Palm Desert this weekend for Coachella. But while most of the action will be happening on the polo field, the folks at the Ace Hotel are throwing a little celebratory bash of their own, letting everyone know about the brand new Ace Hotel Palm Springs. To take it up a notch, the Ace folks are going to be serving up boozy sno cones all weekend long. Delicious and refreshing! Unfortunately, the Ace bash is invite only, so don't go thinking that a festival ticket will get you in.
Last week, DBTH was invited to take a tour of the still under construction Ace Hotel, where construction delays have pushed the opening to April 1st. And while the delays are disappointing, the old adage "good things come to those who wait" certainly rings true. Taking over a still occupied landmark building and then renovating it room by room is no easy task. Ask the Jane folks. So the Ace team is taking its time, and making each room unique, both to existing NYC hotel stock and to each other. We saw the model room, which has been finished for some time. We also checked out one of the $99 bunk bed rooms, which any deal seeker would be lucky to grab while the rate lasts through the year. A Superior King room is spacious and airy, with 2 leather sleeper sofas and a table large enough to hold a board meeting or impromptu dinner party. A most spectacular 1 bedroom suite was still under construction. When finished, the corner room will feature a custom built circular sofa in the living area, a king bed, and killer views into Midtown.
And what about the rest . . .