The Studio at the Freehand Hotel

The Freehand Hotel opened it doors to the public in February, taking over the old George Washington building directly across the street from our apartment. Having this hotel so close by has really changed our culinary world with the addition of two new restaurants, a cocktail bar and soon to be rooftop opening of the famous Broken Shaker Bar from Miami. Let's check out the Studio today...

The Studio is Freehand's all day cafe and restaurant; a bright, airy spot located on the 2nd floor overlooking the bustling 23rd Street.  This is a great spot for a morning meeting when the restaurant is at a low hum with guests munching away at egg platters and delightful baked goods like the Simit Everything Bagel served with butter or a creamy herb labneh.

At 11:30 (on the weekdays) the all day menu kicks in with specialties like the Freehand Burger stacked high with caramelized onions, smoked american cheese, pickles and a spicy harissa sauce. 

The 23 Lex Chicken Club sandwich; three slices of thick Pullman bread layered with rotisserie chicken, carrot slaw, lettuce, tomatoes and crispy chicken skin in lieu of bacon.

And of course more hearty fare like Lamb Kefta, Pork Shoulder Confit and spicy Rotisserie Hen served with sumac, golden raisins and couscous.

In addition to food there's a lovely list of beer, wine and cocktails like the tropical Buddha's Palm with pear and pineapple.  I suggest ending your meal with one of these drinks in the game room across the all hall and a quick round of Pac-Man or pool.

Studio at the Freehand
23 Lexington Avenue
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10010