The Standard Grill in the Meat Packing District

As a trendsetting hotelier, he’s always maintained the highest standard in all of his venues around the world. It wouldn’t surprise me if this time he managed to surpass even his own expectations. The result of André Balazs’ newest property, The Standard Hotel - and all ambiences that come with it - is simply superb. (See our previous post and video about The Standard Hotel here.) The concrete glass-clad structure on stilts over the High Line Park will certainly become an icon of the West Manhattan skyline.
Oh he must be so proud (we are)!
Well, at least he seemed pretty pleased last night having dinner at the Standard Grill, which recently debuted offering a chophouse cuisine created by chef Dan Silverman. Or maybe Balazs’ happy demeanor could be related to the fact he had a radiant Cameron Diaz and friends sitting next to him. Who knows, the fact is that the Standard Grill has conquered this town, and definitely my list of favorites. All details have been thought through: from the antique-tiled bar floor, the vaulted ceiling in the vast dining room to the penny-inlaid restaurant floor. The waiters are genuinely helpful and Trevor, the manager, diligently does his rounds and flashes an equally welcoming smile to all guests, VIPS or just us, the normal P’s.
Eager to try it all we ordered surf and turf and were very pleased. The lamb chops were perfectly charred, the squid appetizer had just the right consistency and the halibut was tender, all divine. To top of a perfectly nice evening, and especially in homage to the creator of such a special not-to-miss New York experience, we ordered the signature Andre Balazs rosé wine.
And there’s more to come in the near future: the outdoor brickwork beer-garden in a couple of weeks and in the early fall, a penthouse lounge, with three-story glass window-walls offering dizzying 360-degree views of the city and the High Line below, below, below. From the top of The Standard everything else will seem small and ordinary.

846 Washington St., at 13th Street

“the speakeasy”: rye, craw sugar cube, absinthe, lemon twist.

Steak tartare.

And the full menu (still in its preview version...)