Fodor's Expert Review
In the low-rise East Village, the gigantic 21-story glass-and-steel hotel building soars above everything around, providing gorgeous views through floor-to-ceiling window. Seriously, this thing stands out. The property is a gateway into all of the dining and drinking pleasures of the East Village and has its own restaurant, as well as a gorgeous seasonal outdoor garden.
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Thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Cooper Square, the casual chic rooms are filled with sunlight. Thoughtful amenities include three different kinds of robes (even one for your dog) and a well-stocked minibar. It’s a great room, especially if you’re indecisive about bathrobes and have a dog that likes wearing clothes.
Tip The Downtown Studio has nice extras including huge wrap-around windows with stellar views plus heated floors in the bathroom.
A glass stall shower, organic bath products, and comfy robes (as we already know) fill the sleek bathrooms.
There are no check-in desks, just reservation agents positioned to meet guests as they walk in the door. The lobby is lined with leather chairs and hundreds of books (all available to purchase, with proceeds going to charity).
California cuisine finds a home in New York with Narcissa, a ground-floor restaurant with an open kitchen, chef counter, and private garden for seasonal outdoor dining. Café Standard is a casual, American all-day café offering everything from breakfast to late night cocktails.
You Should Know The restaurants here are popular with New Yorkers and it isn’t always easy to get a last-minute table. Good luck.
Located on Cooper Square, this hotel is in a prime position for exploring cool Downtown neighborhoods—including the East Village, NoHo, and the Lower East Side—on foot. Subway access is limited, with the 6 train at Astor Place and the B, D, F, and M trains available a 10-minute walk away at Broadway/Lafayette. Taxis and Uber are both widely available in the neighborhood.
Il Buco Alimentari and Vineria (3-minute walk) is an Italian market in the front and cozy restaurant in the back; try the bucatini cacio e pepe. Momofuku Noodle Bar (10-minute walk) has quickly become an East Village staple, serving pork buns and steaming bowls of ramen in a minimalist space full of stylish customers. Excellent cocktails and a steady buzz draw crowds to Saxon + Parole (5-minute walk), but quality food brings regulars back for dishes like saffron pappardelle with oyster mushrooms.
Swift (2-minute walk) is a classic pub with a long wood bar and friendly bartenders. To experience one of New York’s great cocktail bars, settle in for an evening at Mayahuel (4-minute walk), a bar focused on drinks made with tequila and mezcal.