Party Earth Review Held over from the venue’s previous incarnation, a sign out front promises “authentic southern and Cajun cookin’,” but the trendy gals and hip locavores at ACME won’t find gumbo on the restaurant’s avant-garde Nordic menu... ... read full review
9 Great Jones Street
New York, NY 10012
4, 6: Bleecker Street / Lafayette Street; B, D, F, M: Broadway-Lafayette Street / Houston Street
Restaurant: M–Th 6–11pm, F 6pm–midnight, Sa 11:30am–2:30pm, 6pm–midnight, Su 11:30am–2:30pm, 6–11pm
Lounge: Tu–Sa 7pm–4am
Greenwich Village / NoHo, New York –
Held over from the venue’s previous incarnation, a sign out front promises “authentic southern and Cajun cookin’,” but the trendy gals and hip locavores at ACME won’t find gumbo on the restaurant’s avant-garde Nordic menu, nor is there a trace of Louisiana in the chilled-out but über-exclusive downstairs lounge.
Well-connected patrons pass through a small vestibule before entering the expansive dining hall – a space that stays perpetually loud and full given ACME’s limited dining hours – joining the fashion editors and successful SoHo artists at the round vintage bistro tables scattered about the room.
A long mirrored bar dominates one side, providing a spot for socialites to wait for a table and gossip over crafted cocktails like the Upstate Affair (green apples, celery juice, vodka, and dandelion), while foodie couples feast on haute cuisine such as duck in a jar or a pearl barley and scallop dish lathered in faux sea foam.
Savvy scenesters bypass the restaurant entirely, instead descending a staircase near the entrance that gives way to a dark mirrored hallway and hidden bar, where a handful of privileged guests can mingle and dance to 70s-era rock and 80s pop.
Dinner meets its daytime rival during weekend brunch, but any visit to ACME combines the vibe of a cocktail bar with unique fare usually reserved for fine restaurants, making it an ideal retreat for people who take their food as seriously as their style.
Creative professionals, stylish scenesters, fashionistas, hip foodies, couples on dates, trendy types looking for an exclusive but chill lounge, the chic, and the hipster-chic, 20s to 40s.
Dance, 70s rock, and 80s pop in the lounge downstairs.
Menu of reinvented Scandinavian cuisine includes chicken and eggs, pearl barley and clams, and beer and bread porridge.
Weekend brunch 11:30am–2:30pm.
Brunch menu $8–$21, snacks $10–$18, entrées $24–$34. Beer $9–$14, wine $11–$16/glass or $36–$150+, cocktails $12–$13+.
Glamorous but low key: skinny jeans, tailored shirts, leather jackets, vintage wear, trendy designer dresses, expensive handbags.
Thursday through Saturday nights for the toughest door but biggest party downstairs, or early in the evening with reservations in hand to try the food.
The Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery) offers a nostalgic but glamorous old hotel atmosphere and caters to a similar crowd.