Signature Andre Balazs in the East Village's former Cooper Square Hotel.
With even the Bowery now sporting destination restaurants, The Standard East Village is, quite possibly, one of the best-situated lodgings for those who want to explore East Side cool. Housed in a 21-story office building, the hotel is far from all work and no play. Though amenities will suit those intent on getting the job done, the hotel is also a perfect modern-luxury crash pad for those in town to relax. The rooms feature natural wood, soft neutral hues, great views, flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations, while the bathrooms combine contemporary fixtures with Italian glass mosaic tiles. There's even a choice of bathrobes: plush terrycloth, silk or lightweight yukata. Guests who need a break from the go-go-go of downtown but aren't quite ready to call it a night can relax by the fireplace in the Library. This pet-friendly hotel provides complimentary Wi-Fi and gym passes. The Cafe Standard, serving American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, is open from the early morning to the wee hours. John Fraser, who has wowed diners at Dovetail, is the chef at Narcissa, which offers an American-inspired menu.
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