The Flatiron’s Freehand Hotel has just opened, and people in the district are buzzing about its three dining establishments. If you are going to be visiting New York City soon, then you may want to check them out for yourself as they are conveniently located just north of Gramercy Park on Lexington Avenue.
The hotel’s second floor serves as home to the 100-seat Studio Restaurant owned by Gabriel Stulman. The design of this all-day cafe pays tribute to his mother’s Jewish-Moroccan heritage. Diners who stop here for breakfast find delicious choices like date-dulce de leche babka. Later in the day, the menu features small bites creatively presented using recipes passed down in Turkey, Israel, Georgia and Lebanon for centuries. No meal at the Studio is designed to be complete without tasting the delicious breads lovingly prepared with international recipes.
Under the Studio is the 80-seat Simon & the Whale Restaurant. This restaurant is named after Stulman’s son Simon. While diners can find many fish offerings on the menu, Wagyu steak and Guinea hen will delight diners as well.
Finally, diners can get a creative cocktail in the George Washington Room. While there they can dine on traditional pub food like deviled eggs and salted pretzels, but those with a larger appetite will also find grilled cheese made with fontina and black truffle and foie gras torchon.
Stulman who owns all three establishments likens dining in a hotel to eating at a sleepover. Guests will dine, then go upstairs again to sleep before being ready to dine again.