The James New York

The James New York

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The James New York, a towering city hotel, turns heads in one of Manhattan’s most stylish neighbourhoods and it’s not just because it’s the tallest building on the block. Cool-hunters lured by art-covered walls linger over drinks at Jimmy, the rooftop bar, and the working chef’s garden used by the David Burke Kitchen adds eco-love without going full-blown granola.

Highlights:

  • Jimmy, the see-and-be-sceney rooftop pub

  • Eco-friendly initiatives and free rides in their Lexus hybrid

  • Film screenings, croquet and cocktails in the Urban Garden

Smith extra

Two free drinks in the Treehouse Bar (US$30 value)

In the know

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The James is in cahoots with SoHo pet boutique DoggyStyle to ensure visiting animals are pampered with treats, beds and bowls. The chef has even fashioned menus for foodie felines and picky pups. Dog walkers are also available.The first piece of artwork you’ll see is Sarah Frost’s Qwerty 5 on the ground floor, one in a series of installations made from recycled keyboard keys. Curator Matthew Jensen used Artists Space (www.artistsspace.org) to find work by local artists to line the walls. Horticulturist Rebecca Cole’s landscape design is modern and calming in the multi-decked Urban Garden.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Fashion Week in New York is always a double-edged sword. It’s fun, it’s furiously paced, and it’s dripping with covetable style, both on and off the runway. Non-stop shows, events, meetings, dinners… It may sound amazing, but as a fashion journalist, each season I crave having somewhere cozy and welcoming to run away to. When the stilettos and non-stop air-kissing gets a bit much, having a tranquil hideaway makes all the difference.

I pull up at the James hotel around 11pm after a delayed flight and a sluggish drive from JFK. It’s pouring with rain. It couldn’t be more cheering to be met by

Accommodation details

Address:

27 Grand Street, New York 10013, United States
New York
USA

Location:

2.6 mi / 4.2 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Valet parking
  • Spa
  • Concierge desk
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Onsite laundry
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

Oversize gingham napkins, woven-top chairs and a tilted wooden ceiling lend the David Burke Kitchen a barn-meets-loft feel. The menu echoes the same blend of refinement and rusticity, with dishes such as duck meatballs, scallops and pork belly, bone marrow and snails, and bison tartar. This is iced-tea country: there are seven flavours in massive cloth-covered jugs.

Top table:

Pick a cabana on the patio for more privacy or, if the weather is chilly, sit near the carving station to watch your meal come together.

Last orders:

At the David Burke Kitchen, breakfast is available until 10am; lunch from noon to 3pm; dinner from 5pm to 11pm. Snacks and drinks are served from 5pm to 1am at Jimmy. The Treehouse Bar is open from 5pm to 11pm.

Room service:

Order anything from the David Burke Kitchen menu, anytime.

Hotel bar:

Hotel guests have the run of Jimmy, the James' rooftop pub, until 9pm; after that, they have to enter on Thompson Street with the civilians. Fresh-from-the-chef's-garden herbs are infused in the house speciality cocktails. Mixologist Johnny Swet whips up seasonally driven drinks. Pretzel sticks, tuna tartare tacos and charcuterie platters are served, too. The Treehouse Bar above the restaurant muddles up 16 flavours of margarita, including refreshing watermelon and yuzu.

 

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