When you mention The Standard, most people think of the chic 18-story glass tower that arches over the now famous High Line in the Meatpacking District. But even though they offer a wonderful rooftop bar as well as amazing views through large floor-to-ceiling windows (which guests regularly squeeze up against, ahem) it’s actually not our favourite Standard hotel.
Instead we pick their East Village location, which feels more relaxed and less pretentious, even with its recently finalized impressive face-lift. Here you are welcomed into a casual and charming little lobby with warm wool carpets and a leather-topped reception disk. The staff is super-friendly and attentive and you’ll be well taken care of. Next to the reception you’ll find a petite garden that serves as a great escape from all the concrete and traffic (and it’s the perfect place for a jug of Pimm’s). Also on the ground floor are the two new joints: bistro-styled Café Standard which serves great cocktails and is great for people watching, as well as fine-dining restaurant Narcissa, which is headed up by Michelin-starred chef John Fraser.
The rooms are very similar to their counter-parts on the High Line, retaining their minimalist style and awesomely comfortable beds (the best we’ve ever slept in, seriously). Also untouched are the stunning views of the New York skyline. So the higher the floor, the better the view. There’s no gym, but guests can access the New York Health & Racquet Club across the street.
The East Village location offers walking distance to some of the city’s best bars and restaurants. Here are a few of our favourites that are literally just around the corner. Ippudo serves amazing pork buns and ramen but you’ll have to wait for an hour or so for your table – definitely worth it. Head to Sake Bar Decibel for some laid-back sake and dumplings. And if you’re looking for something hearty, the place to be is BBQ joint Mighty Quinn’s.
The list goes on, but we’d rather let you find your own favourites. Enjoy!
Rooms start at $295 dollars per night. www.standardhotels.com/east-village