Nick Morgenstern to Helm Ace Hotel’s Bowery Bar-Restaurant Scene
Finally. The first overt acknowledgment from Ace Hotel that it’s in fact opening up a lodge on the Bowery. (Bowery Boogie was first to break the news way back in September 2013.) Principals submitted a comprehensive application of 97 pages to Community Board 3 for the hotel liquor license, so there’s a lot to unpack here.
Boiled to basics, Ace Hotel honcho Brad Wilson has teamed up with Nicholas Morgenstern (of “Finest Ice Cream” and El Rey fame) to create two bar-restaurant spaces at 225 Bowery, both with an indoor-outdoor dynamic. Cafe Como is a 2,356 square-foot eatery that takes up the ground level. There are 64 total tables, 26 of which are situated outside in the so-called “Freemans Alley Garden.” The proposed menu (below) offers three square meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner – with standard American fare. Hours of operation go until 4am inside, and midnight outside.
The as-yet-unnamed rooftop lounge, meanwhile, at 1,785 square-feet, boasts 29 tables, 11 of which are outdoors. Hours of operation for the club are 4am inside, and 2am outside.
- Guest entrance to the Ace Hotel is on Rivington Street, presumably via Freeman Alley.
- The original ten-story Salvation Army building sold in 2014 to the Ace Hotel for $30 million. Developers are amidst construction of the rooftop tumor. The Salvation Army owned the building since 1972.
- The most expensive menu choice is a pepper strip steak for $36.
Below are the blueprints for both spaces, as well as the menu for Cafe Como.