Ace Hotel company Atelier Ace has opened an 11th-floor bar at its new Bowery hotel, and it comes with expansive views of the city and an outdoor patio, where cocktails, wine, craft beer, and small plates are served.
Dubbed Last Light, it’s the prequel to a new restaurant the company will soon open at hotel Sister City, its newest spin-off brand. That highly anticipated restaurant, named Floret, opens next month, but the bar opens this afternoon at 225 Bowery, between Rivington and Stanton streets.
Quirky cocktails like the “glow stick,” a drink made with cachaça (a Brazilian spirit), sherry, and berries, appear on the varied menu, which also includes wines, a frozen slushie, craft brews, and tall boys. The drinks come from Josh Hanover, the hotel’s beverage director, who previously worked at ABC Cocina and ABC Kitchen.
As for food, Last Light brings a tight small plates menu — think black bass ceviche and a soft pretzel with pimento cheese, in full below — created by Joe Ogrodnek and Sister City executive chef Andrew Whitcomb. The duo brings a lot of cred, with Ogrodnek previously working at now-closed but well-received Brooklyn restaurants Battersby and Dover, while Whitcomb has worked in Brooklyn restaurants Colonie and Norman, as well as the high-end French restaurant Petit Crenn in San Francisco.
Though Ogrodnek is the hotel’s official “culinary partner,” Whitcomb has been tapped to oversee daily kitchen operations at the hotel bar and yet-to-open restaurant, plus help with menu creation.
Despite its location within the hotel, Last Light will strive to become a casual neighborhood hangout, a spokesperson says. To enforce that atmosphere, the team has made “unfussy” — though still $14 — cocktails; the door policy will be first-come, first-serve with no reservations offered; and bottle service will not be offered.
It’s a common ambition for recently opened rooftop bars, such as Broken Shaker at the Freehand hotel, but rooftop spaces tend to turn sceney in NYC nonetheless. This one has a 200-seat space with two outdoor decks, which will open later when weather warms up.
Last Light — a nod to the sunset and moonlight views of the city from the space — will have weekly happy hour specials from Monday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., during which classic cocktails will cost $10. They’re originally priced at $14, while wines range from $12 to $14 and beers start at $8.
The bar opens today; hours will be from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Floret, the restaurant, is slated to open in late May on the ground floor of the hotel with an all-day menu largely centered on seasonal vegetables.