Before I say anything about the food, I just want to say that The Freehand is one of my favorite hotels in the city. And quite literally, they’re in some of the best cities.
The one in NYC is actually the last one I’ve been to. I started with the one in Miami, where I fell in love with their outdoor bar, The Broken Shaker. Pool and tiki vibes for days.
Then in LA, I stayed at The Freehand in DTLA and enjoyed the laid back Cali vibes with another epic version of The Broken Shaker, this time on a rooftop (also with pool).
There’s one in Chicago too, but admittedly I haven’t been there yet (cue sad face).
Now in NYC, I work out of this space often, and the second floor is where you’ll find Studio. This space used to be just “walk in with your laptop and find a spot”, but it got so popular they had to start managing the flow of people (damn). Still, I was excited to try the food, because I was unaware that was offered until now (or maybe it just wasn’t offered til now).
The All Day menu is one of the better ones I’ve seen lately – a mix of healthy and indulgent, everything sounded delicious. The fresh pastries and iced coffee were calling my name, but then again, who would pass up a Halva Caramel Bun?! A mad man, that’s who.
If I had to pick my favorites, I’d say that Halva bun (unreal), the Medjool Date Tahini with it’s creamy base, topped with sweet and salty dates, and the burger, with a VERY griddled bun and perfectly skinny fries. The bun seriously looked like a cartoon character that got run over by a car complete with tire marks, but it didn’t take away from it as much as I thought it would. A little heavy on the aioli too, but I enjoyed it.
Check out more of the food below and make it a point to get over there. Personally I love this space, even before they brought in more food options. But now that I can confirm the food is solid, you better get over there ASAP. And if you see me, come say hi. I’ll be the one with the Bose headphones trying to look busy.
Studio at The Freehand Hotel
23 Lexington Avenue
Website & Menu: Studio at Freehand