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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
In the past few years, I've used this hotel regularly for work travel. When we decided to take a weekend away wiht friends, The Standard was still top of my list. And it didn't fail to deliver! Great service as ever. The garden theme of Edward Scissorhands was great and made the perfect setting for morning breakfast or evening drinks. Food in Narcissa was again impeccable. Rooms top notch. The location is ideal for connecting uptown and downtown. Our friends were also delighted and will stay again too.
I was in the city for one night only to see my favorite band, Killing Joke, play a nearby venue the Poisson Rouge. I decided to treat myself with The Standard and am so glad I did. The room was fantastic; the view and the open view in the shower was memorable. Very professional front desk and accommodating of my need for a quiet space to take a conference call. I would return for a longer stay without hesitation.
Fantastic location close to good restaurants and busing night lifenight. Very nice room with fantastic view over the downtown skyline. A bite expensive and the personal are nice but young and superficial.
Home away from home is a understatement to describe the standard east village. I am a local New Yorker and here me when I say their summer garden is the best place in town. Girls night, happy hour, a late lunch with a book and frose...any and all of these activities are perfect for this location. Nestled next to the lobby this cute court yard makes you feel like you have escaped New York City for a magical summer afternoon. Once you see the sculpture shrubs, the corn hole court, and the little details of this oasis you two will think you and your girl friends just unlocked New York’s best kept secret. Oh and if that doesn’t intrigue you...the frose was next level. Incredible staff as always will be back ASAP.
I’ve stayed in a few different hotels in New York over the years and this room was by far the most disappointing. Immediately upon entering, it was tiny, barely enough room to turn around - if there were two people, you couldn’t both walk around the room at the same time, it’s that small. Room furnishings are on par with a college dorm room - poor quality, flimsy, and ugly. I immediately proceeded to the check-in desk and to their credit, they are reimbursing me for the second night of my stay so that I can check out first thing tomorrow morning and move to a different hotel. Frankly, I don’t even want to stay tonight but I don’t want to throw $500 down the drain either. Stay far away. I wish I had known better.