- Le Bain
The Standard, 444 W. 13th St., at Washington St.; 212-645-4646
Aside from the pleasurable combination of inflatable water beds (designed to look like diaphragms), corded chairs, and AstroTurf, the real achievement of André Saraiva’s Le Bain is that it lets you forget you’re at the Standard. Which is to say, it’s an attitude-free aerie perched on a bedrock of pretension. The grungier of the hotel’s two nightclubs (it shares the eighteenth floor with the former Boom Boom Room, now called Top of the Standard), Le Bain combines perhaps the city’s most debauched wading pool with a 2,200-square-foot terrace that’s positively placid by comparison.
Best Rooftop Bar
From the 2011 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).