Nobody does chill quite like Standard hotels, and the East Village iteration is no exception. It’s the embodiment of low-key luxury, reflecting the grit and cool factor of its home with just the right amount of understated finesse—the perfect combination for guests in search of a true contemporary New York experience. The intriguing architecture, minimalist room decor and hip clientele all reflect the hotel’s cool kid image. The space also boasts Narcissa, a New American restaurant with a focus on seasonal eating helmed by Michelin-starred chef John Fraser. The rotating menu highlights fresh produce from the restaurant’s dedicated farm in the Hudson Valley, while the adjoining garden allows guests to dine al fresco.
Neighborhood: Though the Standard is only a hop, skip and a jump away from St. Marks Place, there’s more to this nabe than stoned college kids and tattoo parlors. Be sure to check out local favorites like Please Don’t Tell, Coffee Project New York, the Mermaid Inn and Big Gay Ice Cream Shop.
McSorley’s Old Ale House: For pints of beer in an old-fashioned Irish pub
Public Theater: For up-and-coming Off-Broadway plays and musicals
Veselka: For 24-hour pierogies, borscht and blintzes
Time Out tip: Guests who visit during the colder months shouldn’t leave the Standard East Village without dining in the Winter Garden. Reserve a heated yurt for a veritable alpine feast, complete with fondue, apple strudel and warm winter cocktails.