Rolling Out the Summer Ice Cream Cart at The Standard East

Warm weather food cart.

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 &

Cookies & Cream on a hot day.

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.






5 replies
  1. Hal
    Hal says:

    A nice amenity. It’s thoughtful to offer the sorbet, as well as the ice cream — for those who want a treat with fewer calories and less fat. I’ll drop by sometime.

  2. Step on my foot.
    Step on my foot. says:

    Looks good. L’arte del gelato is my favorite in that area though. Really fantastic gelato and sorbet.

  3. Step on my foot.
    Step on my foot. says:

    Keeping it hotel related, I remember they had set up shop at the Carlyle last year too. Haven’t passed by there in awhile, so I’m not sure if they’re still there.


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