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 thoroughly enjoyed our week-long stay in July 2018. One of the reasons we chose The Standard, East Village, was because it was within walking distance of our friends' apartment, but to our delight, it was also within walking distance of so many interesting shops and restaurants! Originally from NYC, I was able to easily "walk down memory lane" and visit some old haunts. It's close enough to a few subways, too, but you can also catch a cab right out front because it's on a main avenue.
But speaking of restaurants, we have to give a shout out to the Standard Cafe, a must-stop on most days for their cappuccino. The bartenders double as baristas, and they do it right. And definitely try the cafe's Flatbread, a nice ~10" square covered in arugula pesto and a salad of arugula, thinly sliced zucchini and squash, dressed in a bright citrus vinaigrette.
On our first day, we had arrived early and were prepared to store our luggage until our room was ready, but to our surprise, our room was ready AND upgraded. It was on a higher floor with a great corner view. The room was very clean and well appointed, although the carpets showed some wear and staining, but that's bound to happen with a lot of foot traffic.
The staff was always friendly and helpful -- actually reaching out to us with their contact info -- which will encourage us to stay at The Standard the next time we come back to NYC. If you're looking for a hotel with a hip vibe, that's close enough to walk to most things in lower Manhattan, then look no further.
We stayed here four nights in late June of 2018. The property is full of interesting architectural features, and our room was of decent size by Manhattan standards, which all translated to a very good value. The beds are some of the most comfortable I've ever slept in. I never thought I'd sleep this well in the "City!" We especially loved the garden bar area and watching the World Cup at the main bar and restaurant out front. We ate breakfast here a few days and the food was always very good. The staff was the best part of our stay, as they always asked us, and kept asking us, what more they could do to make our stay even better, and then they did so! Staying here, we felt part of the "Standard" family, and we will surely be back!
Staying at The Standard East Village was such an amazing experience! The room was so clean and spacious and had an amazing view, the room service and cafe are amazing, and the staff are so sweet and accommodating. Special shoutout to Will who works at the front desk, who not only helped me very nicely and quickly when I got locked out of my room, but also made sure I felt like I had everything I needed throughout my stay. The bathroom and shower are beautiful and feel like a spa, the bed feels like heaven, the wifi is fast and more than capable of handling a night of Netflix bingeing, and the minibar is HUGE, including both drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and a wide variety of snacks. The surrounding area is one of the nicest in New York City. Definitely planning to stay here again in the future, and would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting NYC!
I want to extend this biggest thank you to The Standard East Village for making my birthday staycation the best ever! The studio was BEAUTIFUL the Personalized amenities and birthday card were a great touch. Had a wonderful dinner at Narcissa. Danced in the café and had some great drinks.
Just to shout a few people that made it extra special for me
Will Shanna Jeremy in the front office, Andrew and Matt the overnight staff
Thank you again everyone!
This hotel is such a mixed bag, it is tough to pin down. The queen and double rooms are tiny and not worth the money, so you must go with the King suites, which are much more expensive. Very comfortable beds and nice bathrooms. Great views from upper levels. Must get rooms from 12th. floor and up to avoid noise. There is no concierge or desk service to speak of. The place has lousy, half assed concierge service with practically no response to requests. The bar scene is lively and eclectic, with a good vibe, and the location is great. Expensive to valet your car. All and all, too expensive for the service and value. The tv didn’t work in our room and the refrigerator was broken, but the room was clean. Felt the place was understaffed with very young help who were trying their best, but were a bit overwhelmed.