by: Brooks Reitz
R&D for an upcoming cafe we are opening in Charleston.
My business partner, Tim, and Ari Kolender, our chef at Leon’s and our new cafe, St. Alban.
Great fixtures, and a view that’s tough to beat.
The beds, reproduced from an original that MacPherson found, were beautiful and comfortable.
The sparseness of the front lobby is a stark contrast to the space beyond.
Design details: Brutalist chandeliers, sconces from Apparatus, and plenty of space to lounge. The entry lobby details - plenty of wood, and Stephen Kenn sofas.
Gorgeous details; and shoes ready to explore the LES.
Looking out over the LES, with room for friends.
Highs + Lows
Incredible location. If you want the buzz of NYC, this is the place to stay.
Gorgeous design. Sean MacPherson nailed all the details, from the lobby to the room.
Food and drink. With the talent in place, you don’t have to leave the building for a proper drink or a memorable meal.
The entry foyer is lacking the energy of the plush, sexy room beyond it.
In the soft opening phase, I encountered a few kinks. We had to move late night because of malfunctioning AC.
Small rooms…but you aren’t here to hang out in the rooms!
- Life Changing
- Environmental Consciousness
- Overall Value
- Night's Sleep
- Stealable Stuff
- Refer a Friend
It’s much more rock n’ roll than other MacPherson designed hotels in town. It feels like a more spare, youthful Gramercy Park Hotel. It maintains some of the grit and funk of the LES, but still feels comfortable. de Sede sofas give a very 70’s vibe and the speakers, mounted from the ceiling are large enough to tell you that this place was meant to be lived in.
In the heart of the action on the Lower East Side in NYC. Steps away from plenty of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and a quick walk to some great shopping.
An eclectic mix, mostly leaning toward rock. We heard Talking Heads, The Clash and Metallica, among others.
- Year Opened
- Designed By
No gym, but passes to Ludlow Fitness.
Dirty French, the newest spot from the Torrisi/Carbone crew, will open early September. Sean MacPherson is helping with the design, as well. Judging from early shots, it looks to be a moody, darker update to the McNally-esque bistro design formula. This will no doubt be a buzzy, tough table with the food to match.
The lobby bar is currently open. I spied Damon Boelte, well known barman from Prime Meats, behind the stick. The program is overseen by Thomas Waugh, a Death & Co. alum who most recently won raves for his creations at ZZ’s Clam Bar. The drinks favored the rich and boozy, so I stuck to some simple aperitifs and basic nightcaps.
A well stocked mini-bar with some classic standbys: Bombay Sapphire, Jameson, etc. Alcohol, candy, chocolates - a big selection of most things you might need for a wild night out (or in).
Yes - free WiFi for guests and the courtyard is a nice place to get work done in the morning. El Rey is around the corner as well…another great place to get stuff done.
Because this is in a serious drinker’s part of town, I’d say leave them at home.
In the Area
El Rey Coffee Bar and Luncheonette
100 Stanton St, New York, NY
One of my favorite gems for a creative, wholesome lunch. Stellar vegetarian preparations and great coffee.
Russian & Turkish Baths
268 E 10th St, New York, NY
I was introduced to this gem by a good friend, and it’s now on my list of must-do when I come to town. Super refreshing, and a killer hangover cure.
Russ & Daughters Cafe
127 Orchard St, New York, NY
Insanely delicious deli fare in a gorgeous room from the same folks of the original Russ & Daughters.
180 Ludlow St, New York, NY, United States