New York has been abuzz with talk about the Ace Hotel since it opened last year. The chain, which also owns properties in Portland, Seattle, and Palm Springs is known for going outside the hotel box by collaborating with exciting interior designers and artists for the rooms, integrating itself into the surrounding neighborhood, and offering competitively low room rates.
A year later everyone is still talking about the Ace largely because of their amazing collaboration projects with some of the coolest stores and restaurants in town. Not only is it a great place to stay, but it houses some of the hottest restaurants and stores as well.
Here’s where to eat and shop when you’re at the Ace (20 West 29th Street).
From April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman, the masterminds behind The Spotted Pig, this English-style eatery focuses on meat, meat, and more meat. Reservations are only taken if you reserve the suckling pig feast at the Chef’s Table. Your best bet is to try for a walk-in at an off time and to order the lamb burger.
Originally from Portland, Oregon where the Ace concept was created, this artisanal coffee is catching on like wildfire in New York. Stop by for one of their simple, extremely high-quality drinks. No triple vanilla caramel blends here, just the very best beans and brews.
This Manhattan outpost of the popular restaurant No. 7 in Fort Greene, Brooklyn just opened to lines around the block. The unusual sandwich combinations include braised lamb with peanut butter, mint jelly, pomaine, and pappadam and broccoli with fresh mozzarella, Thai basil pesto, and fried lemon.
As the offshoot of Project No.8 on the Lower East Side, No.8a serves as the Ace’s Anti-Tourist Shop. Pick up ironic “I Heart NY” snow globes, leather wallets with graffiti scratched into them, or quirky postcards. Many of the items are cheap enough for anyone to come away with a unique souvenir.
This hipster paradise (and one of the best anti-tourist shops in Soho) opened in the Ace Hotel as a travel store filled with some necessities (toothbrushes, extra luggage by Tumi) and many things you never knew you needed (Madlibs, neon Timex watches). Their eclectic mix of goods is worth a look for anyone really.
Travel Tip: The hotel lobby is one of the best places to grab free public wifi. It is usually crowded, but if you find a spot it is a great place to get some work done.