When Dave Carroll, General Manager of Holiday Inn on Delaware told me that a cafe/wine bar was underway, I wasn’t exactly sure what to anticipate (see back story). After all, ‘corporate’ has been known to nix quality design ideas in lieu of cheap build-outs. Fortunately, that’s not the case with Bin 620 (a bin is a storage area in a wine cellar) thanks to the Cathleen Hart-Frantz, who was responsible for the bulk of the interior design work. The space was originally designed as a breakfast nook, but was eventually converted into a board room. Today there are drinking and dining elements that rival any other corporate cafe/bistro in the city.
Bin 620 boasts bar and cafe seating, a lounge area with flatscreen and fireplace, a welcoming foyer, wine preservation systems, pastries, paninis (Cuban, portabella, etc), specialty coffees and a patio with landscaping fronting Delaware. It’s cool and comfortable in the summer and warm and inviting in the winter. The establishment features an extensive Seattle’s Best specialty coffee menu, sunrise sandwiches (Florentine egg white sandwich, colossal burrito), a la carte options (bagels, tarts, granola), salads (salmon, caprese, house), small plates (baked brie, hummus, bruschetta trio, Sicilian meats and cheeses), pizzettas (grilled steak, grilled Tuscan chicken) and desserts (Belgian chocolate pate, caramel apple pie, cookies…)
The daily cafe opens at 6:30am (to 11am), giving customers plenty of time to fuel up on the way to work. The afternoon menu kicks in from 11:30am to 2:30pm, and the evening menu goes from 4pm to 10pm. This is a sweet addition to the neighborhood, and should add some solid food and coffee options to people who appreciate reliable hours and days of operation.
Dave also pointed out that the hotel was busy adding design elements to the north side of the building (photo – top right), including arts and crafts-style columns and lighting. They are also looking at incorporating a similar look on the upper portion of the building, as well as light filters on the side fronting Delaware (above the patio). All in all, this is a project that adds life to the street, while offering both visitors and residents a place to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or a regional NYS wine.