The Ludlow Hotel has the feel of a downtown bachelor’s pad—but it’s one a modern bachelorette wouldn’t mind waking up in. Nestled in the nightlife haven of the Lower East Side, the hotel’s clean lines and somewhat gothic interiors are a fitting tribute to the neighborhood. Though many of the rooms scarcely fit more than a bed (a large, heavenly one), the bathrooms are queen-sized, and views of One World Trade and on down to Brooklyn on a clear day are visible from your terrace.
You should explore the bustling neighborhood around you (the New Museum and Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral are streets away, as well as hot spots like Beauty and Essex and Back Room), but you don’t even have to leave the hotel for excellent libations. Have a more casual drink and bite in the leather-bound Lobby Bar lounge—and step into the garden during nice weather—but be sure to make time for a sumptuous dining experience at Dirty French.
This French restaurant with a decisively friendly-but-firm New York City vibe serves up buttery meals of substance, beginning with memorable, airy house flatbread and smooth ricotta drizzled with olive oil; the smell of which alone will bowl you over. Gorgeously plated tuna tartare, tender pork chops and delicious sea bass and wine pairings followed by the Opera peanut butter and chocolate cake—topped with dreamy banana ice cream—made us fall silent from satisfaction and gluttony.
Call for 24-hour room service if you’re much too full to order that last glass of wine before bed for yourself, and set a goal to wake up early enough to try out the hotel gym and sun deck. One can dream!
TIME OUT TIP: Head to the nearby Nuyorican Poets Cafe, an artistic center since 1973 (that’s a long time for this city!) to see nightly acts including poetry slams, jazz music, open mic nights and comedy.