The Standard Grill
New York City-Midtown Manhattan
May 11, 2018
The Standard Grill at the Standard Hotel, André Balazs’s sleek and gleaming venue in the midst of the Meatpacking District is an impressive and alluring space. It consists of an elegant dining room, a terrace with café-style seating and a hip if narrow lounge bar area, and has become quite the hang-out for the theatre, film and fashion sets, the floor stippled with copper pennies, the seats soft and inviting. Their bingo nights and themed parties are particularly popular, as are their punchbowl-sized cocktails (we can’t think why). The food is of an excellent standard for somewhere this chic there’s real skill in the kitchen and choice dishes include squid ink linguine, Berkshire pork chop with braised apple and spatzle and an epic Porterhouse for two. There’s an engaging wine list and the cocktails are equally well made. Try the Penny Drop, a vodka-and-ginger drink served in a battered copper cup; the Snapdragon, gin, lemon, and – wait for it sugarsnap peas (we’re curious too), or the smoky Jackie 60 with mezcal, lime, Grand Marnier and a sprinkling of smoked sea salt. Brunch is a big deal here too and well worth experiencing (they had us at almond-crusted French toast).