Having come to New York in 2011, I consider myself a bit of a local. And one thing that I’ve come to notice after being here for six years is the striking difference between where the locals go vs. where the tourists go. And while everyone needs to “see the sights”, so many visitors miss the true heart of this city. So if you’re coming to NYC, stay at 11 Howard to live like a local. And a cool one at that.
A new hotel in NYC’s fashionable SoHo neighborhood, the 11 Howard is where chic minimalism meets conscious hospitality. Whether I’m working in the library by day or dancing at the blond by night, the 11 Howard is the under-the-radar hotspot that draws an ever so stylish crowd.
With a very minimalist lobby, The Library resides on the second floor of the hotel. Not only is it a great place to grab a coffee before exploring the city, but it’s SoHo’s living room for freelancers and entrepreneurs. You can usually find me there with a latte and a laptop working on a blog post.
New Yorkers are guilty of always flocking to the next best thing, and the nightclub within the hotel is no exception. From celebrity sightings to “it” kids gathered in velvet booths, the blond is the hottest place to be in NYC at night. Period. And if you’re not one to dance the night away, head to the blond for candlelit afternoon cocktails.
Tucked around the corner of the hotel is Le Coucou—aka: the restaurant everyone’s trying to get a table at. With internationally acclaimed Parisian chef Daniel Rose, Le Coucou masters fine dining without the ostentatious stuffy white-tablecloth ambience. You typically need to book a table a month or so in advance, but if you’re lucky you can walk in at 10pm and get a table. But you didn’t hear that from me.