848 Washington St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.740877 -74.007822
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Meatpacking District
Favorite bar in NYC by far. Mainly because the city view is breathtaking. You feel like you're on top of the world, especially when paying for $20 drinks. Lots of eye candy for the gentlemen.
If I were to ever use the term, “OMG” then this would be the time. I have never seen a view this spectacular in all my years of living in NYC. An insanely romantic vibe mixed with great drinks and a mini-big band will make you feel as cool and slick as Mr. Frank Sinatra. I never knew such beauty could exist in NYC. OMG!
Top of the Standard Hotel or Bust – My fiancee and I set out for a fun-filled evening in lower Manhattan, from the Village to the Meat-Packing district. For some reason, I kept on calling it The Tenderloin, which is an area in San Fransisco. We hopped a train to 14th Street and emerged from the subway and were amazed to see that the Christmas Mall had set up. Met some pretty nutty people in that hour, ate some quick sushi and started to navigate to the Meat-Packing district. After walking around and stopping in at McSorley's (my friend Rich who works there had left already), we finally jumped in a cab and headed straight for Little West 12th Street. I had told Valerie (my fiancee) two weeks before that I was going to take her on an expedition of lower Manhattan and in my mind I already decided to get to the top of the Standard Hotel.
We went to the biergarten, had an $8 beer and as we exited we walked to the left and went around and saw an opaque glowing orange revolving door. I was leading the way and as I walked through, was surprised to see not a bright hotel lobby, but a cozy, dimly lit lounge area with tons of people sitting around and standing (no bar). I spotted the elevator bank and just walked right in confidently past the eyes at the black velvet rope without making eye contact or even acknowledging his presence. I just pressed the button. We were the only two in the elevator bank and Valerie noticed the eyes glancing over at us, but he was in conversation with another potential party-seeker. Another guy was already in the elevator and pressed the button for the 18th floor. A hotel worker came on just before the door closed and the guy asked him what floor was the bar with the big windows on. He was totally wasted.
Anyway, we went up to the 18th floor and found a large hallway filled with some of the best looking young women and men I'd ever seen. As we turned the corner, we were immediately hit with the sight of the hostess and her sleek hostess desk and entourage of three other workers. Without even thinking or batting an eye, I took a right and started gazing in amazement at the best skyline view of lower Manhattan/Jersey City and the Hudson River I'd ever seen. We quickly realized then that we were probably not supposed to have gotten this far. We were giggling and so gitty and I was probably still a little drunk from the scotch I had at Happy Hour at the apartment. So we tried to devise a plan but couldn't think of one. We just decided to wing it. So I walked up to the hostess and she just asked me if I'd like a table for two or just drinks. "Just drinks," Val said. And the pretty hostess, with the sweeping wave of her arm, welcomed us in with a smile
Once we got in to the main bar area, I realized I had made it. We still hadn't fully understood the ultimate party crash we had just accomplished. It was the start to the most amazing night of my life.
One of the best night's of my life! – Amazing set up, Amazing staff, even Amazing bathroom! Very cool place, people, and design!!! Such a cool night tons of celebs and had a drink with Mark Jacobs! If you can get in please do so.
good place – Great place, amazing. I am just a little scared as they say that if Stephane the doorman looks at you in the eyes he gives bad luck (i know i should not believe these things, but i am european and the guy is a bit scary indeed)....
Perfect place for sunset drinks – When I recently stayed at The Standard Hotel I stopped in the 18th Floor bar for some drinks and snacks. I was pleasantly surprised with the friendly staff and great seating arrangements. Every seat had a floor to ceiling view of New York City. The drinks, although a bit pricey for the average joe, were completely above average and unique! The foods we chose to pick on were AMAZING including the sweedish meatballs with cheddar biscuits and for dessert the mont blanc nipples with chestnut puree! This was a perfect place to stop before a night out and I would recommend it to anyone.
Citysearch Editorial Review – There is absolutely nothing understated about this Meatpacking District lounge, located atop Andre Balazs' Standard Hotel. It oozes opulence--from the white leather banquets, which overlook the Hudson River through floor-to-ceiling windows, to the vast bar, centered around a tall wooden column. Perks include attentive service from good-looking waitresses, smoking balconies with transparent flooring (so that the 18-story drop is visible) and the high likelihood of an A-list celebrity sighting (Madonna, P Diddy and Justin Timberlake have all been spotted). Entry is, for the most part, limited to the famous and well-connected, which explains the crowd of disappointed would-be partiers huddled near the ground floor entrance.
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