Gautam Balasundar

Sister City

  • Where:New York
  • Why:A quick stay before an early morning drive to the Poconos.
  • When:November 2019
  • Who:Me, but met up with some friends to explore the restaurant and bars!
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There's an entrance on Bowery which leads into Floret's outdoor seating...

...but slightly hidden in Freemans Alley is the main entrance. It's always fun when it feels like there's something hidden in NYC.

Plus the alley has some great street art plastered all over, this being the view directly across the entrance. Always take the alternate routes, right?

Though there a couple of employees to help, you check yourself in on an iPad. This little nook also houses a little shop full of snacks (from organic to Flaming Hot Cheetos), body products, and accessories like phone chargers for sale.

The lobby has a few nice seating areas where groups and individuals alike were working and hanging out, which spills into Floret throughout the day.

Following check-in I rushed up to Last Light to get a quick peek of the view before sunset.

And then right back down for dinner at Floret, having had my eye on the squash risotto. It didn't disappoint.

At this point I should have been in bed ahead of my trip upstate, but late night conversations kept the night going until Floret closed...

...and then Last Light became the move.

Phil was not thrilled about being outdoors on this windy, frigid night. Back indoors.

Met up with our friend Adrian just as the bar was heating up. This hotel review basically turned into a standard NYC club night. Sleep would have to wait.

More friends, but time to go. Violet, Kendall, and Phil off to their next adventure - bed time for me.

The sink in the middle of the room is a bit strange at first, but I loved the design of it (the beauty light is a nice touch which will be better used by many others, I'm sure).

The room is very minimal and fairly small, but the bed was cozy enough for a great sleep.

The view I woke up to, right beside my bed. Sunrise over New York to conclude my stay.

Highs & Lows

  • Location. Nolita and Soho are right in front of the hotel and the buzzy Lower East Side is behind it, but you can even stay on the Bowery the whole time if you're so inclined. It's also immediately beside the New Museum and staple restaurant Freeman's.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 42/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Hip, minimal, and modern

  • Vibe

    Modern and minimal.

  • Location

    Hard to beat for fans of the more lively side of downtown Manhattan.

  • Rooms

    200

  • Music

    A mix of tunes on the ground floor.

  • Year Opened

    2019

  • Designed By

    Atelier Ace

  • Pool/Gym

    No

  • Restaurant

    Floret, the ground floor restaurant has a selection of rich dishes and cocktails with outdoor seating for warmer weather

  • Bar

    In addition to Floret, the other big draw is Last Light, Sister City's rooftop bar with panoramic views of the NYC skyline

  • Minibar

    None

  • Children

    Yes

  • Price

    Like the location, hard to beat - accessible by New York standards though minimal on the amenities

How could you not when it's this close? It always has something interesting and conceptual going on, so it's worth the tens of feet you'll have to walk.

New Museum

New Museum, Bowery, New York, NY, USA

How could you not when it's this close? It always has something interesting and conceptual going on, so it's worth the tens of feet you'll have to walk.

Practically an institution at this point, Freemans is another must-visit given the proximity. Warm and rustic, it epitomizes many of the restaurant trends we experienced in the last two decades.

Freemans

Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002, USA

Practically an institution at this point, Freemans is another must-visit given the proximity. Warm and rustic, it epitomizes many of the restaurant trends we experienced in the last two decades.

The new bar/club/concert venue is just a few blocks north, and it's worth a visit, especially during it's red hot opening season.

The Dance

428 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003, USA

The new bar/club/concert venue is just a few blocks north, and it's worth a visit, especially during it's red hot opening season.

Sister City

225 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, USA

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