Cheat Sheet: New York
Yes, the lobby is ridiculous, but the Ace still remains the coolest option for lodging south of 34th street. Rooms are well-appointed, but small, and have Pendleton blankets and the occasional record player. The restaurants are decidedly meat-centric, except the No. 7 Sub—which slings a mean broccoli hero.
20 West 29th Street
From $329 per night
The rooms at the Refinery have fashion drawings on the wall. (Courtesy: The Refinery)
Old School Stay
Hit the Lowell on the Upper East Side and you’ll find yourself in a quiet neighborhood with all the creature comforts of home, as long as your home is in Greenwich, Connecticut. The rooftop is a lovely respite; dig the views from the bathtub in the larger rooms, the cushy furnishing, and the sumptuous bedding.
28 East 63rd Street
From $720 per night
Cross the River
Want a sweet view of Manhattan? The Wythe—from the team that created Brooklyn sensation Marlow & Sons—has all the rough luxe touches you’d expect from Brooklyn’s hottest hotel, located in Williamsburg, naturally. The rooftop here is mobbed on weekend nights, if that’s the kind of thing you’re looking for.
80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn
From $325 per night
Under the Radar
A new addition to the NoMad area, the Refinery doesn’t have the name recognition of some of the bigger brands in the area, but that shouldn’t be a deterrent for guests. Playing on its Garment District roots, rooms feature fashion drawings on the wall, Wi-Fi, and all the mod cons.
63 West 38th Street
From $339 per night
Raw shellfish is a speciality at Charlie Bird. (Courtesy:Charlie Bird)