Overnight: Cachet Boutique NYC
SKYLIGHTS ARE MY JAM.
If you’re looking for a hotel on the west side of Midtown Manhattan, you’re going to want to book the suite at the newly opened Cachet Boutique NYC. Not only is a giant skylight waiting for you but you’ll immediately feel a sense of calmness that’s hard to find in the big city. All 105 renovated rooms are polished, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, and include custom-crafted furnishings by designer Jay Godfrey. You can tell that every Asian-inspired room reflects Cachet’s mission of creatively inspiring their guests during their stay and beyond. As the first U.S. flagship property of Cachet Hospitality Group, this urban oasis is proving to be one of the best hotels in the city. And it’s just getting started.
The rooms at Cachet Boutique have a loft-like feel to them with modern updates like hardwood floors and luxurious pillow top Keetsa beds to make guests feel at home and relaxed. Speaking of relaxing, their stone and glass bathrooms will make you want to grab one of their plush micro-fiber robes and head for the shower. Take advantage of their exclusive Jay Godfrey rose gold bath amenities as well as their exotic rain-shower system – you may never want to get out! Stock up on their unique mini bar items after you’ve rinsed because this little fridge packs some serious punch. It’s filled with exotic and Asian nostalgic snacks like Apple Sidra (Taiwanese apple soda) as well as locally-sourced items – think Tate’s Bake Shop Chocolate Chip Cookies, Salty Road Salt Water Taffy, Widow Jane Whiskey, Bushido Sake, and La Colombe Coffee.
If you do need to get some work done their meeting room is pretty stellar. The space itself is located next to the courtyard and offers plenty of light thanks to its glass ceiling and practically wall-to-wall windows. Traveling alone? Don’t worry, it’s easy to make new friends at this place. With three outdoor areas dedicated to an outdoor bar, a bocce ball court, and place to play giant Jenga, you may never want to go home. Of course, what the hotel is most excited about is the unveiling of the infamous Playboy Club NYC, which should be opening up its doors later this year (yes, Playboy Bunnies included). Guys will be able to look their best when gearing up for the night because the very first JayKos concept store in Midtown Manhattan will also be located on the main floor. Here, guests can find one-of-a-kind pieces from the eclectic designer's collection, which many refer to as wearable art. In fact, you may have seen him walking around near his Mott St. shop in his signature Alligator 5 Pocket Jeans.
But let’s talk about one of the most appealing aspects of the hotel – THE FOOD. Right next to the lobby is the amazing farm-to-table restaurant, EDEN Local. Led by Chef David Laris, this place honestly has one of the most colorful, sustainable, and delicious menus in the city right now. I was able to stop in for lunch and couldn’t get over how refreshed I felt after walking through the front door. The restaurant’s décor, clean and elegant bar, and thoughtful menu immediately grabbed my attention. It was hard not to stop and take a picture of all the jars of pickled vegetables. I started out with a variety of appetizers including the Shishito peppers, olives, and, of course, had to try their seasonal pickled vegetables. One of the most memorable dishes was something quite simple - a trio of Roasted Heirloom Carrots. This vegetarian (and super Instagram-worthy) dish ended up being quite hearty thanks to the addition of turquoise bamboo rice and coconut caraway curry. I don’t think I’ll ever forget those delicious and perfectly cooked tri-colored carrots! I wasn't able to check out their contemporary bistro The Bellbrook (opening soon) but that's definitely my next stop.
The restaurant as a whole is light and airy and extremely welcoming, something you don’t see every day in New York City. The photo gallery walls, decorative lighting, and hanging plants (even the small succulents at the dining tables) made this place feel like you were stepping into someone’s home for dinner. White brick and dark wood panels lined the walls and tall green banquettes allowed for the perfect brunch set up. Though I didn’t try the brunch menu, Nicole Levinson, Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing and Partnerships, assured me that this place is packed every Saturday and Sunday. I can see why. Guests can get a buzz with $12 cocktails (hello Spiked Green Juice) while those looking for a non-alcoholic option can sip on a variety of fresh juices and nut milks. They’re also known for their effervescent homemade Kombucha. Other standout dishes include the Brioche French Toast with Neuskes bacon, the beautiful Sprouts + Brussels Caesar, and the North African-inspired Shakshuka (farm eggs, stewed tomatoes, kale, black olives, housemade yogurt, sourdough). You definitely won’t go home hungry.
Even the hotel's lobby took my breath away when I walked inside. It was enormous (especially by NYC's standards) yet the incredible photos that lined the walls toward reception made it feel intimate, like you were in an art gallery by yourself. This all made sense after learning that each had been carefully curated by the Steven Kasher Gallery. Another added surprise? The front desk clerk let me know that guests can also borrow anything from their Assouline book collection – perfect for some nighttime reading. Overall, I’d say the best part about Cachet Boutique NYC is that you literally don’t ever have to leave it in order to immerse yourself in all that the city has to offer. You can check in, relax, have a few cocktails, mingle, grab a locally-sourced bite, go shopping, and then hit the club before heading for the airport in the morning. Even if it is four in the morning.
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CACHET BOUTIQUE HOTEL
510 W. 42ND ST.
NEW YORK, NY