The Moxy NYC Downtown hotel now has a new space for co-working, drinking, gaming, and playing basketball.
Recreation opens today in the Financial District, operating as a co-working space by day and a cocktail lounge by night in a massive 5,000-square-foot space at 26 Ann St., between Broadway and Nassau streets. It comes from nightlife hitmaker Jon Neidich, who is also behind popular party spots Happiest Hour and Tijuana Picnic.
Unlike Neidich’s other bars, Recreation will be open during the day as a co-working space with breakfast and coffee. The food comes from underrated chef Akhtar Nawab, of Alta Calidad, who offers a breakfast menu of pastries, bagels, croissants, and morning basics like avocado toast. On the all-day menu, there are small plates like chicken and waffle bites served with rosemary bacon gravy and maple syrup as well as sandwiches, salads, and flatbreads, like an everything bagel flatbread topped with scallions, cream cheese, and gravlax. There’s also a more casual grab-and-go area for pre-made sandwiches, salads, and snacks, including a signature Moxy NYC Downtown flavor of cookie dough from DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections.
At night, Recreation will look a lot like Niedich’s other party spots, with plenty of boozy drinks. The cocktail program, overseen by beverage director Jim Kearns, features takes on classic cocktails, like a gin martini dressed up with lavender herb vermouth, honey, lemon, and sparkling wine. There are also cocktails on tap, like the vodka- and aloe-based “maid in the shade” as well as a boozy margarita with tequila, green chile vodka, orange liqueur, ancho verde, and pineapple. Large-format spiked punches like the “pool party picnic,” made with gin, vodka, chamomile, honey, pineapple, orange, and lemon are also on hand.
As with Neidich’s Slowly Shirley, a 1940s-themed basement bar, Recreation has a retro look. There are plenty of activities to go along with the drinks, like skee-ball, a Ms. Pacman arcade, and shuffleboard. It’s similar in design to the Woodstock, the Meatpacking bar meant to look like a 1960s living room that opened earlier this year. A faux-taxidermy bear — that’s actually crocheted — looms by the bar, which seats 16. The main lounge and dining area, decorated with custom art made from vinyl records and other knickknacks like books and a pair of roller skates. The space seats 84.
The bar really goes all-in on its recreation theme by also featuring an actual half-sized basketball court. According to a representative for the restaurant, so long as the court isn’t booked for a private event, diners can shoot hoops. From the arcade machine to the enclosed basketball court, the entire bar is rife with millennial bait, which is pretty par for the course for Moxy properties. The Times Square location of the hotel features a rooftop bar that’s inspired by carnivals and has a miniature putt-putt course.
Recreation is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.