We don't know about you, but we've been feeling like summer simply flew by and yelled, "don't let the door hit you on the way out!" We've been traveling back and forth between Boston and New York for various baby and bridal showers here at Team KKH, and between that and busy Saturdays spent brunching in the West Village and attempting to catch up on our summer reading at the beach, it seems we've barely had a moment to breathe. Summer's meant to be the most relaxing season of all, the time in which we leave work earlier, turn off our electronics more readily, and just live. And while we've had a lovely summer, we almost feel like our various commitments and vacations have us needing a vacation from our vacations! How spoiled we must sound – we apologize for that. Truthfully, though, we've just been feeling a bit burnt out – and while we don't have the time to take a true, two weeks away in Anguilla style vacation, we could do something a bit closer to home: a staycation. In a city like New York, a staycation is the perfect plan. There's always a new restaurant or boutique you haven't yet been to, a new coffee shop you haven't tried, a new hotel you've never been inside.
In our case, that hotel is King & Grove, which opened recently just across the East River from us in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Just in case you've been living under a rock, Williamsburg is pretty much the epitome of cool. The rents are high as can be (oftentimes, even higher than those in Manhattan), and for good reason: the food and bar scene, as well as the stores and social life in Williamsburg simply can't be beat. It seems that every other day, a hip new spot is opening across the bridge, and to be quite honest, we've been a bit lazy about hopping on the L train over to the 'hood. But with a staycation on our minds, and these beautiful shots from King & Grove dancing in front of our eyes, we have to admit: we're quite tempted to check in for a weekend and pretend we're tourists.
So: what's in a room at King & Grove? Start with crisp white bedding from Frette, and add on design details that matter: bamboo flooring, warm oak cabinetry, marble bathrooms, and in-room amenities that include a 42" flat screen and complimentary magazines. Of course, the minibar comes stocked, and plush bathrobes are included. WiFi is complimentary throughout the hotel, and as an added bonus, you can enjoy in-room dining all.day.long. Breakfast in bed!!
What to order? Well, given that King & Grove boasts a restaurant run by Paul Liebrandt, chef/partner of the Michelin-starred Corton, your choices are pretty spectacular. The Elm melds classic French cuisine with a contemporary approach to ingredients and techniques that Liebrandt is known for. The menu is broken out by category: Raw, Sea, Land and Shared. Menu items include: Foie Gras with spiced strawberry and almond or Kanpachi “Jamon” with watermelon, heirloom tomato and brioche. Yum – we'll take the brioche, please!
Then there's the Upper Elm, otherwise known as the hotel's rooftop deck, which offers incredible views of the city skyline. And of course, who could forget the pool? In New York, pools are a serious luxury item – and King & Grove offers a three-season salt water pool that's "one of the largest outdoor pools in New York City."
Okay, you got us. We're sold.