FOUND friends & family: NYC's new guard hotels
Plus Nine Orchard, May art fairs, UWS new development, more
GETAWAYS • The Nines
NYC hotels, the new guard
Nine Orchard (Lower East Side), $725, new default
Hotel Barrière Fouquet’s (Tribeca, above), $950, Paris classic now in NYC
Ritz Carlton Nomad (Nomad), $895, book club level for best views
The Ned Nomad (Nomad), $468, nu-Soho House club hotel
Aman NYC (Midtown East), $2500, ultraluxe three-floor spa
Pendry Manhattan West (Hudson Yards), $591, quasi-West Coast vibes
Hotel Chelsea (Chelsea), $425, Born & MacPherson update a classic
Penny Williamsburg (Williamsburg), $499, soft open from Nomad/Freehand founder
The Rockaway Hotel (Rockaways), $550, Morris Adjmi-designed beach pad
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GETAWAYS • NYC Hotels
Nine Orchard on the Lower East Side
As a Charleston, SC, resident who visits New York often, my go-to NYC hotel has been The Bowery. But a recent trip gave me a one-night opportunity to check out a new hotel that has been top of mind: Nine Orchard.
The building, a former bank on the corner of Orchard and Canal in the Lower East Side, sits right on the edge of Dimes Square and Chinatown. It was years ago rumored to be a future ACE Hotel. That plan never materialized.
Nine Orchard opened last summer with a big boost from Ignacio Mattos (Estela, Altro Paradiso, Lodi), whose version of a hotel restaurant, Corner Bar, was a rave-reviewed tight table from the jump. Mattos's fine dining play, Amado Grill, is checking into Nine Orchard soon.
The interiors are a subtle play on mid-Atlantic luxury, less the fusty chintz you'd find it deployed uptown, with a dash of au currant downtown hipsterism as befits the fashion-heavy crowd packing the place. The rooms are sumptuous, modish, smart, soothing. There's a clear stiching of top-flight choices among the fine-point details — much of the furniture is BDDW.
I took my breakfast in the lobby bar (called Swan Room, above) in the morning, where coffee and croissants are provided for overnight guests. (Breakfast was available in Corner Bar.) And I love Nine Orchard’s proximity to some of my favorite NYC spots (Cervo’s, Scarr’s Pizza, Metrograph, among others).
The Verdict: FOUND. They nailed it. –Brooks Reitz,
→ Nine Orchard • 9 Orchard Street (Lower East Side)
GETAWAYS LINKS: Flying private with your pet on K9 Airways • Soho House opening in PDX in late 2023 • Is Four Seasons the most mid luxury hotel chain? • American Airlines is selling elite status directly.
CULTURE & LEISURE • Art
May Fairs, First Look Tickets
Frieze, May 17-21, The Shed, over 65 galleries with strong NYC representation, first preview 5/18 $206
NADA, May 18–21, 548 W. 22nd St., 88 exhibitors including 31 first-timers, vernissage pass $150
Future Fair, May 10-13, Chelsea Industrial, 535 W. 28th St., 54 exhibitors, collectors’ preview $100
Independent, May 11-14, Spring Studios, 50 Varick St., 69 galleries, vernissage ticket $160
VOLTA, May 17-21, 125 W. 18th St., over 50 galleries, private view $45
TEFAF, May 12-16, Park Avenue Armory, 91 galleries, multiple entry $75
AND FOUND IN PARIS:
Seventy canvases created together by Jean-Michael Basquiat and Andy Warhol are on display in BASQUIAT × WARHOL. PAINTING FOUR HANDS. The works offer a glimpse of their larger collection, created between 1983 and 1985. Louis Vuitton Foundation thru Aug. 28, 8 Av. Du Mahatma Gandhi, 75016
Long before Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, Sarah Bernhardt was the earliest known cultural influencer. A hundred years after her death, La Femme Créa La Star explores her life as a stage actress, painter, sculptor and playwright. Museum Petit Palais thru Aug. 7, Av. Winston Churchill, 75008
–Gabrielle Cornick in NYC and Brad Inman in Paris
NYC CULTURE LINKS: What’s really luring galleries to Tribeca? • Pamela Rosenkranz’s hot pink beacon on The High Line • The Kips Bay Decorator Show House is back • A preview of the wooden sturgeon coming to Pier 26 • Inside the new International Objects gallery in Bushwick • A no-nonsense guide to NYC’s May art fairs.
GETAWAYS • Friday Routine
Fred Wilson, Partner, Union Square Ventures
It’s Friday afternoon, how are you rolling into the weekend?
I usually work from my wife Joanne's office in the West Village on Fridays. And I usually wander over to the bar at Anton's for a late lunch and a Rothaus Pilsner (above). Then I like to head back for a quick nap before my afternoon meetings. I like to end the work week in style. ;)
Any restaurant plans this weekend?
We're trying the new Golden Swan in the former Spotted Pig space on W. 11th. We'll see how that goes. It will be hard to beat its former tenant in terms of food, drink, and unfortunately, notoriety.
How about a little leisure or culture?
It's all MSG, all the time, right now. Playoff basketball is back in NYC and that's about the best thing about 2023 so far.
Do you get away anywhere regularly for the weekend?
Amagansett. A few nights there is the ultimate head-fixer. We like to drive out mid/late-Friday morning and drive back mid-Sunday morning.
What was your last great vacation?
We did a long weekend with friends in Mexico City to attend a Bright Moments NFT art event. We ate at Máximo Bistrot, which was amazing, and we visited Barragán’s Casa Pedregal and then ate lunch at Tetetlán, the great spot next door. We also had lunch at Contramar, which we always do. The fish with the warm tacos never fails to please.
REAL ESTATE • New Developments
Towering Sales on West 70th Street
NYC REAL ESTATE LINKS: At $25m, Chelsea’s most expensive townhouse will set a new record • NYC neighborhoods where homes gained the most value since 2019 • Residential building to rise on site of Hell’s Kitchen church • Excavation begins for two big towers at 570 Washington in West Village.
LOST & FOUND • Behind the Paywall
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