Neighborhood Tour: the West Village and the Meatpacking District
BY JOEY ARAK
Clockwise from left: The Standard Grill; Tuna and sweetbreads spiedini at Corsino, 66 Perry St.
THE STANDARD GRILL
Trendy locals and jetsetting tourists jockey for seats at The Standard Grill’s long bar and intimate dining room, and when the weather warms up the outdoor café tables become more about people watching than organic pork chops. 848 Washington St., 212-645-4100; thestandardgrill.com
Looking more like the living room of a cozy upstate cabin than a buzzing bistro, Joseph Leonard is the brainchild of Gabriel Stulman, who named the tiny French-leaning restaurant after his grandfathers. The family vibe carries through to the no-reservations policy, so be prepared to wait for one of the handful of tables. 170 Waverly Pl., 646-429-8383; josephleonard.com
Light on flashy décor and heavy on wine, Corsino is the latest casual Italian joint from brothers Jason and Joe Denton (’ino, ’inoteca). Small plates include about 18 types of crostini and other perfect finger foods for a night of the classic Village combination: vintage vino and clever conversation. 637 Hudson St., 212-242-3093; corsinocantina.com
North to 14th Street, south to King Street, east to Sixth and Greenwich Avenues, west to the Hudson River.
Private; kindergarten through grade 12
Elisabeth Irwin started the Little Red School House in 1921, and though the location has moved, not much else at this leading progressive institution has changed since then—except for the tuition. 272 Sixth Ave., 40 Charlton St. (Elisabeth Irwin High School), 212-477-5316; lrei.org
Public; kindergarten through grade 5
Educating the offspring of neighborhood bohemians since 1971, P.S. 3 is housed in a 105-year-old building that shares space with a middle school. 490 Hudson St., 212-691-1183; ps3nyc.org
VILLAGE COMMUNITY SCHOOL
Private, kindergarten through grade 8
Founded in 1970 by veterans of the celebrated Bank Street School, VCS has a tradition of sending students on to top high schools. 272–278 W. 10th St., 212-691-5146; vcsnyc.org
Bits & Bobs
• Perry Street residents tired of Sex and the City fanatics cramming the townhouse-lined street to take pictures on Carrie Bradshaw’s stoop at number 66 successfully campaigned to get the stop dropped from a popular SATC tour
• With a $3.5 million median asking price per home, the neighborhood placed third on Forbes’ most recent list of the country’s priciest zip codes.
• At just 9.5 feet wide, historic 75 Bedford Street is the city’s skinniest townhouse, but it sold for a fat $2.175 million in December. It was immediately put back on the market as a $10,000-per-month rental.
The city’s biggest after-hours playground has only a handful of places to call home due to commercial zoning left over from the hog house days, so this new, narrow, seven-unit building of tinted glass is one of the closest to the action. All the fun of the Meatpacking District is just beyond the front door, but you don’t have to venture even that far: The Gansevoort’s duplex penthouse, sporting four outdoor spaces and a private rooftop, is an entertainer’s delight. 325 W. 13th St., 212-334-4782; thegansevoort.com
SUPERIOR INK CONDOMINIUMS AND TOWNHOUSES
Architect Robert A.M. Stern’s residential development built on the site of an old ink factory is dripping with luxury. It includes a 17-story brick and stone building with lofty interiors and huge windows overlooking the Hudson River, as well as seven immaculately appointed townhouses with historically inspired interiors by Stern or his more modern counterpart, Yabu Pushelberg. It’s reported that Hilary Swank, Marc Jacobs and Nascar champ Jimmie Johnson have already signed on Superior Ink’s dotted line. 400 W. 12th St., 212-488-0012; somethingsuperior.com
PHOTOGRAPHS BY MAX KIM-BEE (STANDARD GRILL); MICHELLE BATEMAN (66 PERRY ST.)