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
The vibe is young and hip. For a couple of 70 somethings, our first steps into the hotel lobby were disorienting, an impression quickly put to rest by attentive doormen and desk staff. In fact, all the staff that we encountered including housekeeping, security, maintenance, bartenders, and wait persons were friendly and helpful. All of them made us feel comfortable. Special regards to Giovanni and his coworker as well as the Cafe bartender.Thank you, Maia, for finding and returning my wallet! Shout out to Kevin for quick "problem-solving" and and Adrienne at the front desk who told me my wallet had been found. Thanks also to Will Erwin for welcoming us back.
Bed very comfortable, great view of Cooper Square. The tree-shrouded garden was a welcome oasis on a 90 degree day.
You're within walking distance of a cornucopia of restaurants/watering holes in any direction but the Cafe and Narcissa restaurant are excellent options.
Love the quirky, fun-house decor.
This being our second stay, a third visit is a no-brainer.
We were placed in a room on the 17th floor with a cracked window with packaging tape. The disaffected millennials at the front were arrogant and dismissive about our concerns with our 2 and 4 year olds pressing at the windows in this 9x20 space and did not switch our room. Do not expect The Standard in the east village of NY to be anything like LA. It’s a shoe box with a cracked window and some nicely designed pillows with lips. Someone warned me this is where people went for one night stands and what I dismissed from afar now resonates. The tiny hairs on our sink that I wiped up on arrival now are just sprinkles on this disappointment sundae.
I went to NYC for my niece's wedding. Not having any knowledge of the city and wanting to keep things as simple as possible, I booked a room at The Standard where the ceremony was being held. What a piece of good fortune! Located in a great neighborhood, the hotel was in walking distance of many of the attractions of lower Manhattan. A nearby subway station made longer trips easy and convenient.
The hotel has an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere similar to a backyard garden. Rooms are bright and offer good views of the surrounding city. Very comfortable bed and spacious bathroom. The ceremony was held at the "pool-less penthouse" which has panoramic views of the city and was the perfect spot for the gathering.
The best part of my stay was the friendliness and wonderful customer service provided by all members of the staff. Everyone from the front desk staff to hospitality to maintenance and housekeeping were unfailingly helpful, happy, and dedicated to making my stay pleasant. They are all great ambassadors for The Standard and NYC. I would like to thank Lisa, Giovanni, Marcos, and Adrienne especially for their efforts.