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And I was there on busy nights in the run-up to Christmas. I was never exposed to the Rose and/or Jade Bar. I haven't drunk in the Gramercy Hotel since it had a very seedy hotel bar propped up by lounge lizards smoking extra-long cigarettes (yes, that long ago). The Ace lobby bar and attendant atmosphere is hard to avoid if you want to eat at The Breslin.

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God, I loved the Gramercy bar back then.

 

I was never exposed to the Rose and/or Jade Bar.

 

Yet another of the many advantages of being married.

 

The Ace lobby bar and attendant atmosphere is hard to avoid if you want to eat at The Breslin.

 

It's interesting you should say that.

 

I've eaten at The Breslin A LOT of times, and Sunday was the first time I ever involved myself with the Ace Hotel lobby bar.

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Had lunch at the bar today. The 'oven-roasted' cheese sandwich is a behemoth. And oh so delicious. Three cheeses-- I was told two were Vermont cheddar and Gruyere, I am guessing from the luscious ooziness of the sandwich the third is something softer-textured, like fontina. A bit of good ham slipped in as well between slices of golden-crusted, buttery Sullivan Street bread. Served with very good cornichons and grainy mustard. The bloody mary is a winner, but the trio of sprightly house pickles on a skewer dropped in the slender highball glass makes it difficult to drink. My nose kept bumping into the skewer, and my nose is on the smallish side.

 

The fries that come with the lamb burger (pronounced a winner) are still great. In my opinion (I know some others dislike them). The Scotch egg is not on the lunch menu. This made me sad for a bit, but when I saw that gorgeous sandwich I perked right up.

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The Scotch egg is not on the lunch menu. This made me sad for a bit, but when I saw that gorgeous sandwich I perked right up.

 

Glad to hear you were able to be consoled by the sandwich. Would have been cruel of the Breslin to so disappoint you in this holiday week.

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Flash: need to know what the noise level is like in the restaurant. Four women (at least a couple of a certain age) want to go on a Wednesday in a couple of weeks. We want to be able to hear each other. Probably going early, around 7. What are our chances of 1) getting a table, 2) holding a conversation?

 

Thanks.

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Too high for you.

 

(To clarify: you will be able to hear each other. But that isn't really your standard: you can hear each other in a lot of places I know you haven't liked the volume level in. Believe me, this place is louder than you prefer.)

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Hogwarts for hipsters.

 

We've all had a turn by now, but that's pretty good.

 

The French take a trotter and braise it forever, then coat the wobbly result in mustard and bread crumbs and fry it crisp. The Italians take the bones out, then stuff the skin with ground pork from the trotter and elsewhere — the same mixture they use for cotechino sausage — and sew it back into shape. Ms. Bloomfield somehow does both.

 

-Sifton

 

And I can hardly argue with that, can I now?

 

The French like to braise a trotter, then smear it with mustard, breadcrumb it, and fry it crisp - a style known as Sainte-Menehould after a small Lorraine town which specialises in the titbit. The Italian, on the other hand, will seize most of the porker's limb, and leaving the foot in place, stuff the hollowed out shin with much the same spiced pork mixture as fills the mighty cotechino sausage.

 

-Pig

 

:blink:

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By six last night it was jammed. When we left around 8:30 it was worse. Four of us were lucky to score stools in the corner across from the bar by the door and we fiercely guarded them. The service is impressive given the scrum. We ordered both at the bar and from servers roving through the crowd and it was pretty efficient given the insane crush. I was especially impressed by the care with which the cocktails are constructed considering the clamoring hoards wanting drinks. Nothing slapdash about them at all--my Manhattans were spot on and my friend said the same of the corpse reviver.

 

We had snacks, chosen by our out of town visitor, of pork scratchings, fries and the small terrine board (which is pretty big). A fatty selection from a menu that as Sifton very rightly made note of abounds in fat and richness. My friend thought the scratchings not fatty enough :blink: . The terrines are all very good, especially the liver and the rabbit, but they were served too cold (number one restaurant pet peeve for me). The fries continue to astound, and when my friend asked for ketchup to augment the ailoli they are served with it came swiftly, delivered up with no 'tude.

 

For several minutes a rather confused-looking Ivanka Trump (very pretty, wearing about ten pounds of makeup) hovered above us but Mr. Friedman soon swooped down and bore her away.

 

My out of towner friend is staying at the Ace (her room was pretty cool and she says the service seemed quite good). At less than 12 hours into her stay she was completely over the scene in the lobby and opined she thought the hotel should have a separate private entrance for its guests so that they need not be swept into the Boschian landscape that is the dark, glittering and booming lobby bar.

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Four of us were lucky to score stools in the corner across from the bar by the door and we fiercely guarded them.

I know this is just a figure of speech, and I am not criticizing Daisy for saying it, but I won't be rushing to a restaurant where I am made to "feel lucky" about finding a place to sit.

 

I cannot remember the last time that I was interested in a restaurant's food to this degree, coupled with the firm resolution that I am not going near the place anytime soon.

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