Have you ever wandered into a café or bar and wondered if you’ve ever been transported somewhere else. When I first walked into Studio, I honestly thought I had been transported to Stockholm.
New York is currently awash with new “all day” café-bar hybrids. (I’d be fine with just calling it a café, as many happen to serve beer and wine anyway, but I guess when you stay open late, throw cocktails on the menu, and then have an actual bar in another room, it gets confusing.)
With the mid-century interior design, wooden furniture, plants abound, and whatnot, it truly felt like I was in a café in Scandinavia more than New York—and I mean that in a good way, for whatever reason. It’s just a nice, peaceful ambiance. So it makes sense that people would want to come work here (rather than an office or co-working space) so they can be social, have food & drinks available, and also try to get some work done.
That said, while Studio is a great spot—especially for drinks but I want to come back for brunch because the food menu looks insanely good—it’s a bit out of the way unless you’re actually staying at the hotel. If you work in the neighborhood, then sure, I get why you’d come here for alternative scenery. Otherwise, think of this place as more of a destination than an everyday hangout.