While the East Village now has its fair share of upscale establishments, the neighborhood’s history as an artsy enclave is still very much evident. These East Village hotels put you a stone’s throw from the best sights and hangouts, from Tompkins Square Park (home of the beloved Halloween dog parade) to the basement bars and buzzing tattoo parlors of St Marks Place.
The Standard, East Village
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Minimal aesthetics, large windows and a rooftop bar define The Standard, East Village | Courtesy of The Standard East Village / Hotels.com
You can’t miss The Standard East Village – it’s the only 21-story building on an otherwise low-rise street, boasting unobstructed views of Downtown Manhattan. You enter through the red-brick facade of an original tenement building (a historic dwelling that typically housed several families back in the late 1800s). The renovated interior reflects the modern, minimal decor the hotel is known for – including the floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows in every room. Though you’re staying in a neighborhood with a very high concentration of bars and restaurants, The Standard’s hospitality makes it worth staying put. Enjoy a farm-to-table dinner with biodynamic wine at Narcissa, street-side coffee at Café Standard, and drinks with a drag show at NO BAR, an inclusive new-wave gay bar.
Staying at the East Village Hotel is the closest visitors will get to living like a local. Each room in this walk-up building is a self-contained studio, complete with a bed, kitchenette, giant TV and AC unit. Your city crash pad doesn’t have in-building dining establishments, but it’s located right above The Bean café (great for morning coffees, bagels and açai bowls), and around the corner from Momofuku Noodle Bar and Please Don’t Tell – a secret speakeasy accessed through a phone booth in adjoining restaurant Crif Dogs.
The new Moxy East Village opened in 2019, and is situated right opposite the storied Webster Hall music venue. Dubbed “a vertical timeline”, the design of each floor takes inspiration from a period of East Village history – think punk rock attitude. On the ground floor, the Alphabet Bar & Café offers Intelligentsiacoffee and co-working with solid Wi-Fi and meeting rooms. Up the fire escape-esque staircase you’ll find Cathédrale, a French-Mediterranean restaurant situated under lofty ceilings adorned with a wire mesh sculpture by artist Edoardo Tresoldi. In the spring of 2020, the Moxy will unveil its rooftop – an ode to a petite NYC backyard with patio furniture, an ivy-covered wall and draped string lights.
The Gatsby Hotel cusps the Lower East Side, making it perfectly situated to explore Little Italy, Chinatown and SoHo’s shopping district, as well as the East Village. It’s smaller in size than many of its neighboring hotels, containing just 45 rooms outfitted with modern decor in shades of white and pale grey. There’s a gym and business center on-site, but for food and entertainment you’ll have to hit the town. Get your fill of smoked fish and bagels at Russ & Daughters, devour fried chicken and waffles at Sweet Chick, or catch a live music show at Rockwood Music Hall.
If boutique accommodations are your preference, stay at The Ridge Hotel. Each room features the work of a local artist like Ricky Powell or Crash – a nod to the artistic legacy of the East Village and Lower East Side – and comes with complimentary access to Brain.fm, a music station that aims to enhance your cognitive state. Right on your doorstep you’ll find Lil Frankie’s classic Italian restaurant, Boulton & Watt, a gastropub with an old-world industrial feel, and Bob Bar, a late-night dance spot with DJs spinning ’90s hip-hop.