Social calendar shut down in January? Not the case for THE STAYCATIONERS crew. Despite Old Man winter’s shade, we strapped our boots and pounded the pavement en route to a downtown jaunt in De Niro’s backyard. It’s within the cast-iron accommodations of the Duane Street Hotel where quintessential city activities are just a New York-minute away; think quiet cocktail bars, pop-up boutiques, intimate art exhibitions and Michelin-starred eats. With weekenders in tow, we set out for a cozy day-in turned grown-and-sexy night out in TriBeCa.
THE SPOT: Duane Street Hotel | 130 Duane St, New York, NY
THE STATS: 43 guest rooms, coffee shop (cue La Colombe cappuccinos), a veggie-centric, Indian-inspired restaurant on site, and proximity to SoHo, Chinatown, and the West Village.
PERFECT FOR: savoring the city—from sipping to shopping—with your favorite ladies.
We took note from the classic facades of our surroundings and got cozy in retro-inspired athlingerie from LIVELY. Comfortably perched on our plush king mattress, we called in a pie, poured glasses of Prosecco and dazzled in dainty pieces courtesy of Shahla Kamiri. Rotating playlists amped on the in-room speakers to accompany our corner suite-life.
Post-bubbles, THE STAYCATIONERS disrobed and dressed in threads from Mint Market. The cool-hued boardroom, decorated with timeless pieces, was the ideal backdrop to our vintage ensembles and had us feeling like a squad in days of ’70s yore.
The clock struck 5 PM—cuing cocktail hour—where The Bennett had us covered. A nod to the classic libation of the same name, the 60-person bar and restaurant touts a retro-glam look and a list fit for a seasoned sipper. Velvety dark-blue banquettes and candlelit tables are fashioned for close encounters, so THE STAYCATIONERS wasted no time ordering a round of strong ones to accompany our pre-dinner fare.
It was back to our weekend HQ to round out the day with dinner. Enter Graffiti Earth, an Indian and Persian-cuisine mesh tucked inside and known to the neighborhood’s locals that practices soup-to-nuts sustainability. Chef Jehangir Mehta’s intention is seen in everything from the furniture, and napkins, to the “daily” placemats.
Flavor-forward bites, like duck fried rice, braised pork buns and scallop brûlée, sat pretty on antique dishware, satisfying both our eyes and taste buds. A South American red made its way into our glasses, calling for an appropriate toast to another successful #staycay.
Special thanks to our lovely guest staycationer R’el Dade of @arie_carie
Photography by the incomparable Remy Holwick for THE STAYCATIONERS
Written by Shanika Hillocks