HI THERE, HOTEL 50 BOWERY

While we’re counting down the days until Public New York opens its doors, there’s another new NYC hotel opening to keep us busy—and it’s just a hop, skip and a jump away from Public’s LES location, in Chinatown. Tomorrow marks the opening of Hotel 50 Bowery, the first New York City hotel from Joie de Vivre.

We love the idea of this brand—a little more affordable and accessible than its Two Roads Hospitality sister, Thompson Hotels—moving into Manhattan, especially in a location so close to the deliciousness of Chinatown. Even more exciting is the fact that 50 Bowery guests won’t even have to leave the hotel to enjoy some of the city’s best Asian food, with three restaurant, bar and lounge concepts from celebrity chef Dale Talde.

We’ll have to wait until later in the summer for the main attraction, Rice & Gold; but in the meantime, The Crown, sitting on the 21st floor at the top of the hotel, offers a pretty good consolation prize: breakfast, lunch and dinner—and cocktails—with knockout views of the city in every direction. (The main terrace looks north, east and west, and a smaller terrace on the southern side of the building offers front row seats to views of One World Trade Centre.) The Crown menu will be inspired by street food, while the idea behind Rice & Gold comes from Dale’s travels through Hong Kong and the Philippines. It will also include rice dishes from other parts of the world like Mexico and Bangladesh—and a kick-ass graffiti mural wall.

Also coming later in the summer is The Green Lady, a parlor lounge with live music and dim sum. Talde’s The Three Kings restaurant group will also handle food and beverage for events at 50 Bowery.

As for the rooms? There are 229 rooms and suites, designed by Wimberly Interiors, starting at 260 square feet for the entry-level rooms. The Chinese cultural influences that can be seen in the lobby continue on to the guest floor corridors, which showcase artwork from Beijing-based graffiti artist Dake Wong. There’s a dark, den-like feel in the corridors and deep red guest room doors. Inside the rooms, more pieces by local artworks share space with exposed concrete, subway tiles and blue and white chinaware accents; but in rooms above the ninth floor, the views of Lower Manhattan become the undeniable star of the show.

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In addition to The Crown rooftop, Hotel 50 Bowery has another outdoor space, Atlantic Garden, which gets its name from the beer hall that used to occupy this spot back in the 1850s. Today, it’s a 5,000-square foot urban park with seating and WiFi. It will be for guests’ use and reminds us of a section of The High Line, beneath buildings rising above, surrounded by greenery and ample seating. There’s also 1,900 square feet of function space inside (good for smaller events), including The Gallery, a permanent exhibit from the Museum of Chinese in America, paying homage to Chinatown’s past and 50 Bowery’s former life as home to a gambling den, tavern and vaudeville theater. (Artifacts from this time found during construction even make an appearance in the exhibition.)

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With the Manhattan Bridge across the street and the Brooklyn Bridge nearby, Hotel 50 Bowery is perfectly positioned for travelers who want easy access to Brooklyn, as well as to downtown, from FiDi and Tribeca to the Lower East Side and SoHo.

Views from the one-of-a-kind Terrace Suite and other rooms on the eastern side of the building overlook the traffic zooming on and off the Manhattan Bridge, which is actually quite mesmerizing. Better yet, thanks to the new technology glass construction, you can’t actually hear the traffic (a rarity in some NYC hotels in busy locations.) Three Bowery Suites at the top of the building have great living rooms, wet bars, and 1.5 baths —with Bluetooth-enabled mirrors so you can play your music as you shave or do your make-up.

In short, there’s indeed a lot to enjoy about Joie de Vivre’s arrival in New York. Welcome to the neighborhood, Hotel 50 Bowery.

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Rebecca Wallwork
Rebecca Wallwork is a writer based in Miami Beach, although you’ll also find her checking out the newest hotels in New York City. She is a former contributing editor to HotelChatter, and loves dogs and books as much as she does hotels.