SoHo Grand, New York

by Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Chef Concierge Carmen Da Silva of luxury downtown boutique hotel SoHo Grand has been described as the woman with her finger on the pulse of all things downtown.  SoHo Grand sits on Broadway in Manhattan’s iconic SoHo district, alongside world renowned art galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Voted one of the top 100 places to stay worldwide, the hotel’s ‘intentionally nondescript exterior’ is consistent with SoHo’s architectural heritage. Inside, celebrated interior designer Bill Sofield has adopted the stylistic trends visible in the neighborhood today and it’s decadently stylish, with a iron-hard edge and a great sense of humour – which is pretty much what we love about the capital of world. Let’s check in with the woman who loves coffee, theatre, dining and a killer cocktail…

Your most popular request…

Many of our guests request services for their four-legged friends as we are a dog-friendly hotel with our very own hotel dog park next door. We are able to provide dog bowls, beds, an exclusive dog park to our hotel guests as well as professional dog-walking and dog-sitting services upon request.


Your favourite locale when enjoying a day off…

I have been enjoying Brooklyn quite a bit for new restaurants such as Lilia in buzzy Williamsburg, Olmsted in Prospect Heights near the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and Roman’s in Clinton Hill near the Barclay Center. I’ve also been a fan of Tribeca for it’s exceptional (and increasing number of) proper cocktail bars such as Smith & Mills, The Bennett, Macao Trading Co, b flat, WeatherUp, Brandy Library, Paul’s Cocktail Lounge and Django in the Roxy Tribeca Hotel.

Best coffee…

Everyman Espresso is not only a high quality third wave coffee shop with nationally-recognized baristas but it happens to be located directly across the street from the Soho Grand and serves a variety of Counter Culture espresso and coffee drinks 365 days a year.

Best cocktail…

I’m actually quite smitten with the Old King Cole Martini served table side at Maison Premiere, the Vesper at 4 Charles Prime Rib, the Negroni served at Sauvage in Greenpoint, Brooklyn or the frozen scotch-based Penichillin’ at the newly opened Diamond Reef (by the team behind Attaboy) in my neighborhood of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
Where we must go for lunch…

Renowned Chef Keith McNally (Balthazar, Cherche Midi and Schiller’s) has opened his latest French bistro, Augustine, downtown near the Brooklyn Bridge and it is quite a hot new restaurant which has recently opened for breakfast, lunch and brunch service. For a more casual option I would also recommend the simple yet satisfying menu at Nom Wah Tea Parlor’s newest location on Kenmare in Nolita, Blue Ribbon Sushi (walk-in only but open from 11am-2am daily) or Charlie Bird for modern Italian with an exceptional wine list (the Farro Salad with butternut squash, pistachio and mint is not to be missed!).

It’s a rainy day outside but we want to explore, what shall we do…

The Whitney Museum’s new downtown location is a great option for a rainy day. It’s also open late on Fridays and Saturdays until 10pm! And the International Center of Photography exhibit is nearby on Bowery.

What is an absolute must-do or must-see before leaving…

A view of the city from one of our iconic buildings such as the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock or the newly opened ONE World Observatory is a must, if not a helicopter tour!

 

 

 

To find out more about the SoHo Grand Hotel, or to book, click here.

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