Portland's Stumptown Coffee opened at the new Ace Hotel in NY last week, so I made my way over to check out both the coffee and the hotel.
While Stumptown has no seating available, you can bring your coffee into the Ace lobby and enjoy it there...and you should. Every design detail is well thought-out, and with great results. The lobby looks a bit like a (cool) college library, filled with old books, study desks, antique lamps, cozy armchairs, and anatomical diagrams. A photobooth, graffiti wallpaper, and a giant "A" salvaged from old signage add to the design details.
Breslin, a restaurant operated by the team behind Spotted Pig, will be also be opening soon in the lobby, so I'll be heading back shortly to check it out.