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
We stayed for two nights and really appreciated the friendly staff who gave excellent service. I was not so familiar with the lower part of Manhattan, but I have to say that the location was really great. Walking distance to SoHo, to Union Square and also easy access with several subway lines a few minutes from the hotel. The hotel has cool atmosphere, the rooms are quite big and very well equipped and we just loved the big window with a view in the bathroom. The café and the outside bar are nice and cosy! I can really recommend this hotel for anyone who wants to have a relaxed but cool place to stay in lower Manhattan.
This hotel is located in a gorgeous part of NYC. Restaurants and bars are accessible, and there's a strong creative synergy around for productivity. Love the service, cleanliness, and chicness. Will definitely come back and recommend to others.
Great place to stay to be walking distance of NYU. Our view was great. The hotel itself is very nice, we enjoyed the cafe and the staff were all very friendly and helpful. Very clean and comfortable rooms.