Ive heard a lot in the past months about the attractive Ace Hotel, a new (opened May 2009), stylish, moderately-priced boutique hotel located in the not-so-central Flatiron district of New York City. The Ace also recently opened their restaurant, The Breslin. The eatery has quickly acquired a reputation as the newest dining hotspot in town. Its not easy to get a reservation except perhaps on the early side or very late. When I arrived (for a 7pm reservation), I noticed the bar area seemed to draw a lively and young professional happy hour crowd. It was a bit too crowded for my taste. However, some friends and I were quickly seated in the restaurant.
Dont come here looking for healthy food (although there are some nice seafood entrees). The Breslin is known for meat, and I mean heavy meat that might mean a whole hog. The owners, who also operate the famous Spotted Pig in the West Village, know how to create an attractive ambiance and deliver a quality meal. This is one restaurant indulgence in Manhattan that is worth the wait (yes, you can arrive without a reservation and take your chances) and the price.