On its website The Standard East, the hotel formerly known as the Cooper Square, says that it’s quietly transitioning into the spirit of its new name.
That, of course, is The Standard, the hip hotel straddling the High Line on the opposite side of town.The transition apparently starts on the sidewalk. Parked in front of the hotel this summer is the Standard Ice Cream Cart, a jaunty refrigerated wheelie shaded by a big red umbrella.
Last summer the cart was a fixture at the Standard, where Kaws’ gigantic cartoon sculpture Companion (Passing Through) stood in front of the hotel. This year, no sculpture. And no cart. An outdoor café – bursting with guests, if this weekend was an indication — eats up the plaza.
The ice cream cart had to go somewhere. And though there were no throngs, several sun-drench passers-by stopped for ice cream not long after I did.
The three ice cream flavors —Vanilla Bean, Cookies & Cream and Peanut Butter &
Jelly – and Raspberry sorbet — all made at the hotel, cost $3 a scoop or $5 for two. Sweet deal. My Cookies & Cream, plopped into a white paper cup and served with a wood spoon, was generous. Delicious, too, if you like chocolate cookies (there were a lot of cookies).
Another transition was on view behind the cart –a bike rack sporting a custom-made bike from Adeline Adeline that guests can borrow. New Standard stuff, in other words.
Standard East, 25 Cooper Square, New York 10003; 212 475 5700.