Recently revamped Andre Balazs digs with a streetside bistro, New American restaurant and knockout city vews.
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.
Bed and Bath
Upstairs, guestrooms 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, and simple bathrooms stocked with own-brand toiletries. Expect high-end perks like large flatscreen TVs, Italian sheets and Bluetooth-enabled sound systems. Unchanged through the renovations are 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 hotspot 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. There’s no gym but guests have access to the Crunch Bowery.
—text by Nikki Ridgway, courtesy of Jetsetter.com