The Standard East Village
What We Love
- Two stellar restaurants: a bistro-style café with streetside seating and New American Narcissa restaurant from Michelin-starred chef John Fraser
- East Village location within walking distance of some of the city's best bars and restaurants
What To Know
- Request a high floor for the best views across the city
- No gym but guests have access to Crunch Bowery
- Advanced reservations for Narcissa are highly recommended
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Formerly the Cooper Square Hotel, Andre Balazs’ Standard Hotels acquired the property in 2011 and completed a top-to-toe revamp in December 2013. The new look ushers you past the glass-and-steel facade into a petite lobby inside the original historic tenement building. Warm wool carpets, whitewashed wood paneling and brass fixtures define this scaled down space, and there’s a leather-topped reception desk and antique cabinet filled with indie mags, posh chocolate and travel miscellany for purchase. Upstairs, guest rooms retain their minimalist style in a white-on-gray palette and have supremely comfy beds, blue leather headboards, boxy wardrobes that double as oversized minibars. A highlight: the knockout views across the cityscape framed in floor-to-ceiling windows—the higher the floor, the better the view. Café Standard dishes up casual bistro fare and echoes the lobby’s textured, colorful style from the mismatched artwork above the corner banquets to the horseshoe shaped bar surrounded by cherry red stools. There’s also a small outdoor patio for prime people watching on the Bowery. Fine-dining hot spot Narcissa has Michelin-starred chef John Fraser at the helm and is named for a beloved cow from Balazs’ Rhinebeck farm where many of the ingredients for the New American dishes are sourced. Our favorite seat: a stool at the chef’s table where diners can watch the cooks at work.
In the Area
In a prime location on the Bowery, a stay here puts you between the late-night revelry of the East Village, boutiques and bars of Nolita and big name brands in SoHo. But start with a dose of culture: the New Museum is just a few blocks away, known for its boxy architecture, outdoor installation pieces and innovative exhibitions. On the dining front, take your pick from the raft of restaurants along Bowery: Favorites include Mexican small plates at Hecho en Dumbo, gut busting smoked meat sandwiches at Mile End Deli and model-friendly, Med-inspired salads and more at The Smile. For drinks, plough through the excellent Italian wine list at date-night favorite, Quartino, join the lively scene downstairs at Acme or go low-key with good beer and bar snacks at Tom & Jerry’s. For retail therapy, head just south of Houston Street into Nolita and wander the length of lovely Elizabeth Street (Rag & Bone, Unis and Vince are here) and along Prince, Mott and Spring Streets.
How to Get There
We stayed at The Standard East Village for a week. It was a wonderful experience with very helpful staff. The location is perfect for subway access as well as being in the hub of great restaurants and bars. I would highly recommend and would stay here again in a heartbeat. Thank you to Martin, Mirko & the team.
Love all the Standard hotels. Very friendly staff at this one. Great location! I do wish the rooms were a tad bigger, but it's Manhattan. Cool decor inside and out. LOVE The garden patio and cafes. Can't wait to go back here again soon.
We returned to the Standard East village again after a fantastic stay earlier this year.
Paige Seigwardt from the Standard who looked after us so brilliantly on our earlier visit did the trick again - We had a great corner room with views out looking towards Williamsburg bridge this time.
Location is fantastic for bars restaurants and shops - subways are close if you want to head uptown or over to Brooklyn
The winter garden had just opened at the Standard and is cool as is the Narc bar so if stuck with the weather you can stay put ...
We even met the duty manager who introduced himself and said hello
Its so good we have booked to return next year can't recommend it more highly for NYC
The Standard East Village has become our go-to hotel every time we're in NYC. Why? Simple - it's always perfect, always dependable. The staff is consistently friendly and helpful, the rooms are a good size and very comfortable, and the neighbourhood can't be beat. There are great Off Broadway theatres very close by and lots of terrific restaurants to choose from. We always look forward to spending a couple of days at this hotel.
During my stay I lost a necklace and medallion, a family heirloom. The staff (front desk, concierge and cleaners) were absolutely fantastic throughout the whole process. They went above and beyond in their efforts, from shredding vacuum bags to checking our changed linnens, which ultimately led to us finding it again. It was stuck and hidden in the bed frame.
On top of the fantastic staff The Standard has great rooms and location.
Highly recommend it for your next stay in NYC!