NYT Experiences Dramatic and Traumatic Views at Standard NYC
Three months after its soft opening, The Standard NYC got the standard New York Times treatment this past weekend. True to form, the NYT ate up the trendy Manhattan hotel’s cheap soft opening rates (from $195, breakfast included), buzz-worthy location (cantilevered over the High Line near the Meatpacking District), and incredible views.
Like us, the NYT’s Fred Bernstein was less-than-thrilled about the exhibitionist bathroom, in which the toilet is the only thing hidden behind closed doors, while the rest is in plain sight from the bedroom. As Bernstein puts it, “[O]penness has its downside: In our case, a room service delivery arrived when one of us was in the shower.” (AWK-WARD.) Not to mention the pesky steam effect from the shower: “Through fogged windows, the stunning view became a dripping mess.” But there’s no mention of the floor-soaking showerhead, which gives us hope that others have made it work better than we did.
Bernstein gave the restaurant particularly high marks, saying, “Every single item was terrific, including the delectable roast chicken, beautifully cooked salmon with asparagus, and apple fennel soup. And the prices were dirt cheap by hotel standards ($12 to $14 for entrees).”
Bottom line? Get here before the masses do when the hotel (and beer garden, et al) is finished this summer — particularly if you want to find similarly affordable rates. Just be wary of the “multi-dysfunctional shower.”
[Photo: Matthew Weinstein for The New York Times]