Cappuccino, Pancakes and Oysters

2011/03/14 § 7 Comments

What excited me most about staying at the Ace Hotel (see previous post) was the dining adventure it afforded.  I thought it would be the most wonderful thing to wake up in the morning, go downstairs, get coffee at Stumptown, have breakfast at the Breslin and late afternoon oysters at the John Dory. Which is exactly what we did.

We went straight to Stumptown after waking up for the divine cappuccino and barely beat the Sunday crush and the super long line.  Whew.

Then on to the Breslin for breakfast.  I so love their Pumpkin Pancake (which doesn’t taste like pumpkin at all) that is a tad spicy and sweet and both light and hearty.  It is lathered with spiced chili pecan butter and sprinkled with candied pecans and powdered sugar.  It goes really well too with their Full English Breakfast ( a rather trimmed down but perfectly cooked and flavorful version of the ones I’ve had in England and Ireland ) of juicy sausage, eggs, tomatoes, mushroom and bacon.

After walking around the city, we dropped by the John Dory for oysters and parsley and anchovy toasts paired with txakolina.  It was a beautiful, bright, colorful space and their Peconic Bay and Hog Island Oysters are the best oysters I’ve had in a while here in New York.  I would go back there as often as I could if it weren’t so difficult to get seats and if the hostesses weren’t the most rude people I’ve encountered lately.  Other than that though, the space has a brightness that’s somehow relaxing and the waitstaff more than made up for the rude hostesses by being very attentive and informative.

Oh, how I wish I lived at the Ace Hotel!



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