Whether or not the phrase Dimes Square means anything to you, you’ll appreciate the mini-neighborhood Nine Orchard calls home. Here, at the east end of Canal Street, where the Lower East Side meets Chinatown, there’s a buzz that’s reminiscent of some of Downtown’s earlier golden ages — and, in Nine Orchard itself, there’s a hotel with enough character and personality to become a proper neighborhood institution.
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What was once the Jarmulowsky Bank building retains much of its century-old grandeur — they quite literally don’t make them like they used to. As ornate as the façade and the public spaces may be, the rooms opt for something a little more subdued; the classic architecture is complemented by muted colors and furnishings that are minimalist but warm, and modern conveniences like custom-designed and custom-programmed sound systems and minibars stocked with fine local products.
Corner Bar, the first of the hotel’s restaurants, is more than a corner bar — it’s a bistro-style concept by chef Ignacio Mattos, and serves breakfast as well as dinner. There’s also the Lobby Lounge, for a cocktail in a surprisingly intimate space, and Amado Grill, the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, is set to open soon.